Progressives in Pakistan demand an immediate end to military operation in FATA

It is good to know that at least few progressives have stood up against the military operations in FATA. We often see many fake liberals and progressives in Pakistan, who actually are sectarian and social class fascists, support this fake war on terror. It is one of the rare moments that a group educated people with some sense of justice left in them stood up against tyranny.

I would have loved to see them criticizing military’s policy of using sectarianism itself through the likes of Zaid Hamid, Faisal Raza Abidi, Sunni Ittehad Council etc to forward the war agenda or to see some blame wrongly going against capitalism but in fact it is ‘corporatism’ which should have been targeted. However, it is a great thing to know that not all progressives and liberals are fake in Pakistan.

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We, the undersigned, demand an immediate end to the ongoing military operation in the North Waziristan region of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). We expect this, the sixth military operation in FATA within the last decade, to follow the pattern set by the previous “decisive” operations which resulted in death and suffering for the people of FATA.

The current operation in North Waziristan is nothing but a sham that will only increase the suffering of the people of FATA. Those declaring “full support” for the military operation choose to ignore history (and the present) at their own peril.

While we condemn religious extremism and militancy in the strongest terms, we do not believe that the problem of religious militancy in Pakistan can be addressed through military means nor by an exclusive focus on FATA as a harbour of militancy. Our demands are as follows:

1. An immediate and unconditional halt to the ongoing military operation in NorthWaziristan and other parts of Tribal Areas.

2. We demand that the people of FATA have the right to decide what to do with the problem of militancy in their area. This process must include working-classes, peasants, women and minorities in FATA – with complete accountability, full access to independent media and without any coercion from the security establishment or militant groups.

3. Public disclosure of the names, details and any alleged militant linkages of those killed in the ongoing operation.

4. Immediate abolition of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) and steps to integrate FATA into mainstream Pakistan by providing guarantee of fundamental rights including rights of political association and the national penal code.

For complete demands and list of people who signed the documents, please visit:

http://progpak.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/stop-the-military-operation-in-fata/

I am especially glad to see the names of teachers in the list who are showing support for some good cause.

Case filed to overturn Dr. Aafia conviction with evidence of her 2003 abduction

Source: http://freeaafia.org/

Contact: Tina M. Foster, (917) 442-9580, tmf@tinafoster.com
May 13, 2014, New York, NY.
The Law Office of Tina Foster today announced that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui has filed a legal case seeking to overturn her September 23, 2010 conviction by a U.S. federal court. Though Dr. Siddiqui has always maintained her innocence and there was no physical evidence to support the charges against her, Dr. Siddiqui was convicted of attempted murder while she was being interrogated by U.S. personnel at a police station in Ghazni, Afghanistan. In documents filed today under seal in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Dr. Siddiqui argues that her conviction and sentence should be vacated because the prosecution withheld crucial evidence, and that she was denied her constitutional right to counsel.
The case argues that the U.S. government illegally withheld evidence that Dr. Siddiqui and her three small children were abducted from Karachi, Pakistan in 2003 and secretly detained, interrogated and tortured in U.S. and Pakistani custody for five years prior to her arrest in 2008. Among other evidence, exhibits filed with the case include a transcript of an audio recording in which a senior Pakistani police official, Imran Shaukat, admits to his involvement in Dr. Siddiqui’s abduction from Karachi, Pakistan in March 2003. A link to the full audio recording in Urdu/Punjabi is available at the following URL:
http://www.ijnetwork.org/report/IJNetworkTape.WAV.

Dr. Siddiqui also argues that she was denied her right to counsel because the judge forced her to be represented by attorneys that were not acting in her interest. The attorneys, who were paid $2 million by the Government of Pakistan, were permitted to enter the case and manage Dr. Siddiqui’s defense over her repeated objections. Though Dr. Siddiqui informed her trial attorneys that she had been in detention from 2003-2008, they did not present the information to the judge or jury at trial.
Dr. Siddiqui is currently serving an 86-year prison sentence at a U.S. federal prison at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, TX. She is unable to speak with the media due to prison restrictions, but is presently represented by attorneys Tina Foster and Robert Boyle, both of whom stand in solidarity with the international community in condemning Dr. Siddiqui’s unfair trial and sentence.
“The evidence presented in today’s lawsuit demonstrates not only that Dr. Siddiqui did not receive a fair trial and was wrongfully convicted, but also sheds a bright light on the violations of Dr. Siddiqui’s fundamental human rights by the governments of the United States and Pakistan,” says Foster. “Despite the grotesque torture and abuse perpetrated against Dr. Siddiqui and her children, she has never advocated violence or revenge,” Foster added, “she wishes nothing more than to return to Pakistan where she can be reunited with her children and live in peace.”

26 Jan 2012 : Capital Talk A good program on Missing Person’s Case and ISI state crimes against people

Below is the link of a useful program on ISI’s crimes and state terrorism. In this episode of Capital Talk Hamid Mir talks on one of the most imortant case of our history.

Guests : Lt. Gen(R) Malik Abdul Qayum, Hasil Bazinjo, Omer Cheema,Asima Jehangir and victim/lawyer in missig person’s case.
Real cases are missing persons, NRO, 3rd November 2007 and if these cases are resolved on principles of justice and constitution then we can see some fundamental changes. :

We also need a war tribunal to investigate and prosecute War Crimes in this fake war on terror.
http://www.zemtv.com/2012/01/​26/​capital-talk-on-geo-news-26th-j​anuary-2012/

UN official Claims 9-11 Was US Plot

Source : http://www.geo.tv/1-26-2011/77666.htm

NEW YORK: UN Human Rights official Richard Falk wrote on his blog that there had been an “apparent cover up” by American authorities.He added that most media were “unwilling to acknowledge the well-evidenced doubts about the official version of the events” on 9-11, despite it containing “gaps and contradictions”.

And he described David Ray Griffin, a conspiracy theorist highly regarded in the so-called “9-11 truth” movement, as a “scholar of high integrity” whose book on the subject was “authoritative”.

Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary-General, described the comments as “preposterous” and “an affront to the memory of the more than 3,000 people who died in the attack.” But Ban said that it was not for him to decide whether Prof Falk, who serves the organization as a special investigator into human rights abuses in the Palestinian territories, should be fired by the UN.

Vijay Nambiar, Ban’s chief of staff, said this was up to the human rights council, a 47-nation body based in Geneva, Switzerland, that was created by the UN in 2006.

UN Watch, a pressure group that monitors the organisation, has called for Prof Falk to be sacked. Hilel Neuer, the group’s chief executive, described him as “a serial offender with zero credibility”.

The row came as the new Republican-led US Congress opened an inquiry into “urgent problems” with America’s contribution to the UN, including its membership of the human rights council.
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Comments : After killing thousands of people ,with the help from Pakistan Army  and NATO, Pentagon/CIA still is not able to prove their claims about 9-11. War Crimes? War Tribunal? Justice for those who died on 9-11 and who died after that in the name of 9-11? UN Charter for Human Rights?This not a war against terror or terrorism. This is a war against humanity, justice and peace.

Pak Army Extra-Judicial Killing of 6 Prisoners–>We need war crimes tribunal

Another story of brutality in this so called war against terror has come on internet. In the video Pakistan Army soldiers are doing extra-judicial killing of 6 prisoners (seems to be of young age) in area probably of Khaiber Pakhtoonkhwa.

Previously videos of torture including old men have come on the media and army promised an inquiry but no results came , also reports of civilian killings through indiscriminate bombings is a usual practice in this so called war against terror.

We seriously need a “War Tribunal” to probe unconstitutional actions, extra-judicial killings, drone attacks with support from Pakistan government/army, illegal abductions and other human rights violations by Army and other security institutions in this so called war against terror.

If we think we are a civilized nation with some sort of sense of justice and humanity then we need to take some bold measures. We need to understand actions like these extra-judicial killings will promote terrorism and will not help the cause of peace (if this is the real purpose of this war which doesn’t seem to be).

http://www.liveleak.com/e/af8_1285266157

[ Video : Alleged execution of prisoners in Pakistan]

 Though there is a statement in media as usual claiming these videos to be faked but we can’t trust them unless free and fair investigation with proper trial are conducted for these actions.

Image building dramas like stopping NATO supplies or showing false discontent on drone attacks will not solve the problem. Army really needs to behave as a naitonal and civilized army not an occupied force.

Maid tortured to death by lawyer–>Laws and regulations needed to be implemented for forced bonded labour

According to media reports a Lahore based lawyer Naeem who lives in DHA lahore tortured her 12 years old maid to death.

Also there are reports that the girl was sent by his parents through an agent to do work at the lawyer’s house and was forced to live here as it was a day-night duty with no time limit.

First of all the lawyer needs to be punished and put to the system of justice because of his horrible crime.

Secondly her parents and the agents are needed to be held accountable for selling the girl for bonded labour.

Third we need to review our socio-economic structure and the things which lead to such crimes.

Maid tortured to death by lawyer

Source : http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=26856

President takes notice of murder, announces Rs0.5m for family
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has taken serious notice of the reported death of a 12-year old maid due to physical torture in Defence Lahore and directed Raja Riaz, Senior Minister Punjab to visit the victim family and assure them that justice would be provided to them at all costs.

The president also announced Rs500,000 for the aggrieved family. A maid girl died in the hospital on Saturday who was allegedly tortured to death by a lawyer in Defense area a few days ago, police said.

Police said that Naeem advocate and his family members tortured Shazia in his house and was shifted to Jinnah Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The deceased’s father, resident of Aria Nagar, said that his daughter was working in the house of Naeem advocate.

He said that the advocate had given 10,000 rupees in advance and after that he did not pay any amount because he was adjusting the paid amount in salary. Mother of Shazia said that her daughter was living in lawyer’s house and some times they went to meet her daughter.

She said that some days ago, they went to meet her but was not allowed to see her and told them that their daughter was sick. She added the lawyer’s children informed them to meet her daughter and her condition was stated very critical.

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti has strongly condemned the death of maid Shazia in Defense ‘A’, Lahore and has ordered the concerned authorities for immediate inquiry of the tragic incident.

Shahbaz Bhatti took serious notice of innocent girl’s killing. He further stated that justice would be provided to the deceased’s family and guilty be punished. The police have registered a case against Naeem, his wife, son and sister-in-law for the alleged murder of a 12-year-old maid.

The family of deceased Shazia accused Advocate Naeem of torturing and rapping her to death and also trying to bribe 15,000 rupees to the family members to keep their mouths shut. — Agencies

Our correspondents add: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif taking serious notice of the death of a 10-year-old girl in the Defence Housing Authority and has directed the Inspector General of Police to arrest the accused.

The CM said on Saturday that justice will be provided to the aggrieved family at all costs. Lawyers instead of condemning the alleged rape and murder of 12-year-old Shazia Masih will wait for the conviction of Naeem Chaudhry, the former president of the Lahore Bar Association.

Lahore High Court Bar Association President Justice (r) Nasira Javed Iqbal said everyone was equal before law and impartiality was above all. She said it was not possible for her to say any thing until legalities were complete.