Bloggers Kidnapped in Pakistan…Fingers Pointed at Security Agencies

An activist holding an image of Salman Haider during a protest to condemn the disappearances of social activists, in Karachi, Pakistan, this month. Credit Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

An activist holding an image of Salman Haider during a protest to condemn the disappearances of social activists, in Karachi, Pakistan, this month

Islamabad- In the three past weeks, Pakistani media reported extensively on the disappearance of four bloggers in different regions of Pakistan. Many media outlets and civil society organizations have accused international intelligence bodies of standing behind the kidnap of these bloggers. However, a TV host took a different position by accusing all media outlets and the abducted bloggers of being atheists working against the interest of Pakistan. He also accused media outlets and The Research and Analysis Wing, a primary foreign Intelligence agency of India, of being a part of a plot aiming to distort of the reputation of Pakistani intelligence.

This rebellion host, Aamir Liaquat Hussain appeared on BOL TV in a daily show. During his program, he focused on attacking activists and journalists who call for releasing the abducted bloggers.

Among people accused by Liaquat was a lawyer who filed a complaint to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) against the TV host. PEMRA banned Liaquat from appearing on TV. In his complaint, the lawyer said that the TV host deceptively accused him of being an atheist and partaking in plans opposing Pakistan and Islam.

For its part, PEMRA said it received several complaints concerning the hate speech delivered by Liaquat. Therefore, the Research and Analysis Wing ordered Bol New to cease the airing of all hateful content, specifically Liaquat’s show.

The agency stated it has banned Liaquat from appearing on any other channel, promoting hate speech or accusing anyone of non-belief.

These accusations and offenses have become a trend on the Pakistani media. Journalists and TV channels have wrongly exploited their influence to distort one another’s reputation, by using provocative, insulting speeches. Accusations of betrayal have also spread among competing TV hosts.

An eminent journalist told Asharq Al-Awsat that verbal clashes among Pakistani journalists and media figures have always happened in the country. The ideological discords between media influencers were the reasons behind the battles on Pakistan in the seventies and eighties, he added.

However, the current tension has extended to Pakistani outlets working abroad. ARY Network had falsely accused Editor-in-Chief Jang and Geo group Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman of being a traitor and enemy of the state who deceived the nation and conspired with other countries against Pakistan. ARY failed to prove these allegations in court and admitted that it has no evidence to back its vile claims. The court ordered ARY to pay £3 million in damages and costs.

(Source / 28.02.2017)

Pakistan on Edge as Fresh Bombing Hits Lahore

Pakistani security officials examine the site of a bomb attack in Lahore on February 23, 2017 (AFP Photo/Arif ALI)

Pakistani security officials examine the site of a bomb attack in Lahore on February 23, 2017

At least eight people were killed and 20 injured after a bomb ripped through Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore Thursday, officials said, the tenth attack in just under a fortnight pointing to a resurgence in violence.

The blast, the second to hit the provincial capital this month, crumpled cars and sent panic rippling through the city after the wave of attacks across Pakistan killed more than 130 people.

The building where the bomb went off was under construction in a market crowded with people, including children, said Imtiaz Ali, a 34-year-old barber.

“When I came out I first just saw smoke and dust… Bikes upturned. Cars destroyed. My own colleague’s car windows blown out. My clients’ cars blown out. I was close to fainting,” he told AFP.

Police and administration officials confirmed it was a bomb attack, as rescuers supplied the casualty toll. No group has immediately claimed responsibility.

Punjab police spokesman Nayab Haider told Reuters the explosion was caused by a “planted bomb” that was either time- or remotely detonated.

No one was allowed to leave or enter the area because the bomber was suspected to be at large, officials said.

Reports of a second explosion turned out to be a tire blowout that caused panic due to the tense atmosphere in the city, a government official said.

The panic underscored growing nervousness across the country as a series of assaults shook what had been a growing sense of security during a prolonged lull in violence.

They included a previous bomb blast in Lahore on February 13 which killed 15 people, and a devastating suicide attack at a shrine in Sindh province that left 90 devotees dead.

The attacks, most of which were claimed by ISIS or the Pakistani Taliban, have dented growing optimism over the country’s security after it appeared to be making strong gains in its decade-and-a-half long war on militancy.

The emergence of ISIS and a Taliban resurgence would be a major blow to Pakistan. Analysts have said the apparently coordinated nature of the attacks suggested militants were regrouping.

Islamabad launched a crackdown in the wake of the attacks, saying it has killed dozens of “terrorists” in recent days and carried out airstrikes on militant hideouts along the Afghan border.

On Wednesday the military announced a nationwide anti-terrorist operation.

“This operation will basically target sanctuaries… of militants in Punjab province and restrict their movements,” defense analyst and retired general Talat Masood told AFP.

(Source / 23.02.2017)

Samaa TV’s Taimoor Khan Shaheed laid to rest

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KARACHI: Samaa worker, Taimoor Khan, who was shot to death in Sunday evening gun attack, has been laid to rest in Karachi on Monday.

The funeral prayer for the eternal peace of Taimoor was offered at Bilal Masjid located in Orangi Town. People from every walk of life including representatives of journalist organizations attended his funeral.

Later, he was laid to rest in Paposhnagar cemetery.

Yesterday, Samaa TV’s Assistant Cameraman embraced martyrdom after the organization’s Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) vehicle came under attack in Karachi.

According to our correspondent, the incident took place when the Samaa TV team was on its way for coverage of alleged grenade attack on police vehicle at KDA round.

The bike-riding outlaws opened fire at Samaa’s vehicle, leaving assistant cameraman Taimoor in critical condition.

The 22-year-old injured employee, who received gunshot wounds to his head and chest, was rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he breathed his last.

Karachi’s Deputy Mayor Arshad Vohra condemning the incident said that some terrorist elements are still operating in the metropolitan city.

Talking to Samaa, he said that the motive of terrorists is to spread anarchy in the city.

(Source / 18.02.2017)

Nuclear Pakistan Threatens to ‘Wipe Israel the Map’ If It Continues The Aggressive Approach Towards Islamic Countries

Tensions in the Middle East are expanding to Asia, with Pakistan, a nuclear power, standing beside Palestine against Israel.Pakistani army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif has reiterated that any threat to Palestine’s territorial integrity will would evoke a sharp response. He said Pakistan would “wipe Israel off the map.”

Sharif made the remarks Sunday in a statement after Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman visited him in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, adjacent to the capital.

Pakistan, a predominantly Sunni state, also has a large Shiite population.

The bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Palestine are historically close and extremely friendly, occasionally described as constituting a special relationship. Pakistan has been called “Palestine’s closest Muslim ally.

(Source / 17.10.2016)

US State Department lists Jamaat-ul-Ahrar as terrorist group

Image from a Jamaat-ul-Ahrar propaganda video.

Image from a Jamaat-ul-Ahrar propaganda video

The US State Department added Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a dangerous faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, to its list of global terrorists organizations earlier today. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has been behind numerous deadly attacks inside Pakistan and is closely allied with the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda.

State described Jamaat-ul-Ahrar as “a splinter group of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan,” or Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, however the characterization is not accurate. While Jamaat-ul-Ahrar broke away from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan due a leadership dispute in August 2014, the two Taliban groups reunited in March 2014 [See LWJ report, Pakistani jihadist groups, Lashkar-i-Islam merge into the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan.]

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar “has staged multiple attacks in the region targeting civilians, religious minorities, military personnel, and law enforcement, and was responsible for the killing of two Pakistani employees of the US Consulate in Peshawar in early March 2016,” State noted in its designation.

In one of its most callous and deadly attacks, a Jamaat-ul-Ahrar suicide bomber detonated at the entrance of the Gulshan-i-Iqbal park in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore in March 2016. At least 72 people, mostly women and children, were killed and more than 300 were wounded in the blast.

Ihsanullah Ihsan, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar’s official spokesman, proudly took credit for the Easter Day bombing.

“The target was Christians,” Ihsan said in a statement sent to The Long War Journal. He also said that Jamaat-ul-Ahrar wanted to “send a message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that we have entered Lahore.” The group has been operating in Punjab province for nearly two years. [See LWJ report, ‘The target was Christians,’ Pakistani Taliban says of Lahore Easter attack.]

The Pakistani Taliban faction has also claimed credit for numerous attacks in the county, including anattack on a polio vaccination team in Karachi in April 2016 (seven policemen killed), the assassinations of Punjab’s home minister in August 2015 and the lawyer for Dr. Shakil Afridi, who helped the CIA locate Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.

A dangerous jihadist group with global ambitions

The leadership of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar is known to have ties to multiple jihadist groups operating in the region. Omar Khalid al Khurasani, a top leader of the group, is closely linked to Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s emir, and has called for the imposition of sharia law and the establishment of a global caliphate. Khurasani has also said that a primary goal of the Pakistani Taliban is to obtain nuclear weapons. [SeeLWJ reports, Taliban commander wants Pakistan’s nukes, global Islamic caliphate, and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar celebrates 9/11 attack.]

After the US killed previous Afghan Taliban emir Mullah Mansour in a drone strike in Pakistan May 2016, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar mourned his death and urged Muslims to intensify their efforts to wage jihad.

“With regret the Muslim world has lost a great mentor,” spokesman Ihsan said after Mansour’s death.

Jamaat-ul Ahrar also celebrated the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the US and said it will continue to wage jihad until a global caliphate is established. This is a goal shared by al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

“In 2001, Afghanistan was the only Islamic Emirate [Afghanistan] in the world but now Jihad has spread to a vast swathe of land including Pakistan, Chechnya, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Algeria, Mali and Nigeria. No doubt, 9/11 attacks have awakened the Muslim Ummah [community] and set the Kuffar [unbelievers] on to the free fall into destruction,” the group said.

“Today on the 13th anniversary of 9/11, how true the words of Shaikh Osama Bin Laden (may Allah SWT accept his martyrdom) feel: ‘I swear that America won’t enjoy security before we live it for real in Palestine’,” the statement continued.

“Today we pay tribute to our Mujahideen brothers who sacrificed their lives so that we could hold our heads high. We in Tehrik e Taliban Jamaat ul Ahrar pledge that we shall continue the mission of our great martyrs until the Khilafah [the caliphate] is established in every nook and corner of the world,” it concluded.

(Source / 03.08.2016)

Pakistani Elite Forces will Protect Holy Sites in Makkah and Medina

Pakistani Elite Forces will Protect Holy Sites in Makkah and Medina

According to sources General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan extended full support to the Saudi Arabia after the terrorist attacks near holy masjid in Medina. The Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammad bin Salman had detailed conversations on the issues of terrorism and counter terrorism. The Pakistani Army Chief Ordered the officers of counter terrorism department to assist their brother in Saudi Arabia. He also ordered an elite Pakistani special forces unit to be deployed and deal with the terrorists with iron hands.

Senior analyst Dr Shahid Qureshi said: People of Pakistan are very emotional when it comes to their love for Saudi Arabia and will be standing by their brothers in all weathers. They are fully aware of the threats from Iran, India and Israel alliance. Few years ago some elite members of Indian ruling party BJP’s militant wing RSS visited Israel where they were told that: ‘Kabba in Makkah was actually house of over 360 gods which Prophet Mohammad destroyed in the 7thcentury’.

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Tomb of Abu Lulu Feroz inscribed on the Gate as The Bravest – ( He was the first Persian terrorist attacker on Masjid and killer of 2nd Caliph of Islam)

On the other hand, Iranian are working on their own Agenda filled with historical biases which pre dates arrival of Islam as well as conquering of Iran by the Arabs. The fact that they have reportedly given the position of a Saint to Abu Lulu Feroz who murdered Umar ibn Khatab 2ndCaliph of Islam in Masjid and become first ever terrorist attacker in Masjid speaks for itself.

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Translation of wall text: Praises, Peace Salam on Abu Lulu Feroz – ( He was the first Persian terrorist attacker on Masjid and killer of 2nd Caliph of Islam)

Dr Shahid Qureshi said: I have said on Iranian media (Press TV) that there is a need to re write the new academic narrative of Muslim history by academics and not by Mullahs. The strategy of ‘Splitting’ must stop in which they will praise one member of the family and abuse as well as criticize the rest of the friends and family circle.

If a ‘man is known by his company’ and one abuses all his friends and family members, the logical conclusion is that the actual target is Number One and in this case is Prophet Mohammed head of all the Islamic Family. If one criticizes a man’s wife and friends in actual fact you are criticizing the man because both are his choices?

In this context strict laws must be implemented to remove all abusive and hate materials from books or multimedia.  No one should be allowed to incite violence and hate speech irrelevant of race of religion in the name of freedom speech. This is a psychological war against Islam and must be countered.

(Source / 16.07.2016)

65 dead, over 250 injured in bomb blast in Lahore public park

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LAHORE (Staff Report) – At least 65 people have been killed and over 250 injured after a suicide bomber hit the Gulshan Iqbal Park, near Moon Market, Allama Iqbal Town on Sunday.

The blast was just outside the exit gate and a few feet (metres) away from the children’s swings.

Eye witnesses said there were pools of blood and scattered body parts at the site of the blast.

DIG Operations Haider Ashraf, while talking to media, said that the eye witness reports have stated that this was a suicide explosion.

Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Salman Rafique confirmed the death toll. Edhi sources add that over 200 are injured.

According to Rescue sources, nearly 300 injured people were shifted to nearby hospitals.

Police and rescuers immediately reached at the site and cordoned off the area.

Scores of the injured persons, including women and children, are said to be in critical condition.

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All public hospitals in the city have been placed on emergency.

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Men mourn the death of their relatives after a blast outside a public park in Lahore, Pakistan, March 27, 2016. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Men mourn the death of their relatives after a blast outside a public park in Lahore, Pakistan, March 27, 2016. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

The injured have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital , General Hospital and Sheikh Zayed Hospital.

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Around 35 people, three of them children, were shifted to Jinnah Hospital while 45 were rushed to Sheikh Zayed Hospital and others were taken to private hospitals.

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Troops and personnel of Counter-Terrorism Department also reached the scene to carry out the rescue work and cordon off the area.

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According to security sources, upper body of the suspected bomber was still intact and that he could be easily identified.

Park employees said the park was packed with people since it was Sunday and Easter Day.

The Punjab government announced three days of mourning.

Thousands of people visit the park on weekends.

(Source / 27.03.2016)

Taliban faction says carried out suicide bomb attack on Pakistan park, says Christians were target

The Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 65 people in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday, saying the target of its attack was Muslim Pakistan’s small Christian minority.

“The target were Christians,” said a spokesman for the faction, Ehsanullah Ehsan. “We want to send this message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that we have entered Lahore. He can do what he wants but he won’t be able to stop us. Our suicide bombers will continue these attacks.”

Islamist militants in Pakistan have attacked Christians and other religious minorities often over the past decade. Christians have accused the government of doing little to protect them.

(Source / 27.03.2016)

Dr Aafia Siddiqui

Background of Case

  • Dr Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani mother of three , a brilliant scholar, PhD doctor of cognitive neuroscience
  • Majoring in learning and imitation , improving efficacy of learning in children,
  •  An educationist with a dream a dream to revolutionise the educational system in Pakistan,
  • one that would create a generation Of enlightened and intellectual youth in a country that needed it more than others.
  • Dr. Aafia earned her bachelor’s degree  from MIT and earned her doctorate from Brandeis University.
  • Her doctoral thesis was “Learning through Imitation” in which she included her research on improving learning techniques for children.
  • She was totally dedicated to her children and her academic studies revolved around how children learn.
  • Unfortunately, Dr. Aafia became a victim of domestic violence during her marriage.
  • In 2002, Dr. Aafia’s husband moved the family to Pakistan and soon divorced her while she was pregnant with the couple’s third child.
  • In 2003, Dr Aafia became a victim of a rendition operation was kidnapped along with her little kids.
  • Dr. Aafia is now 43 years old, a mother of three children (2 are US citizens), and is a Pakistani citizen. With no other citizenship
  • Currently languishing in a US jail at FMC Carswell military base where her life is in constant threat.

Circumstances Surrounding the Case

Briefly, here are some of the basic circumstances of Dr. Aafia’s case:

 In March 2003, Dr. Aafia and her three children, Ahmad (boy), six years old and an American citizen, Maryum (girl), four years old and also an American citizen, and baby Suleman (boy), six months old, kidnapped by unknown authorities in Karachi, Pakistan.

On March 31, 2003 it was reported by the Pakistani media that Dr. Aafia had been arrested and turned over to representatives of the United States. In early April, this was confirmed on NBC Nightly News, among other media outlets.

There was communication to the mother of Dr. Aafia from purported “agencies” that the family members should be quiet if they want to see Aafia returned alive.

By the year 2008, many believed that after five years of being disappeared Dr. Aafia and her three children were most likely dead as was the case with thousands

That were sold and victims of rendition operations by a dictator ruling Pakistan (his biography “in the line of fire”)

  • Then, in July of 2008,  three events occurred:

1. British human-rights reporter, Yvonne Ridley and former Bagram detainee and British citizen, Moazem Begg,

publicly spoke about a woman in Bagram screaming, a woman whom they named the “Grey Lady of Bagram”

2. A petition for habeas corpus was filed with the Pakistan High Court in Islamabad requesting that the court order

the Pakistani government to free Dr. Aafia or to even admit that they were then detaining her.

3.  A wave of International out rage emerged as evidence of illegal detainees in bagram and other secret detention centres

Began piling up. A request from the House of Lords in UK to inspect the Bagram facility and a meeting

With prisoner 650 was sent by various human rights activists world wide echoed.

It was in the midst of this whole scenario that a disoriented Aafia is found in Afghanistan and shot a sinister

Plot that makes one shudder.

What Evidence , Investigation has uncovered?

 That Dr. Aafia was (and is) an innocent person who was abducted for money or based on false allegations or false conclusions derived from an unknown source.

That, unfortunately, all evidence required for her defense and establishing legal proof of her detention would require full cooperation by the U.S. and Pakistani governments, and intelligence agencies, a cooperation that seems impossible. However the Person who kidnapped her has finally come forward

And confessed to the heinous crime on the behest of her ex husband and the regime that stripped pakistan Off its dignity by selling its own citizens.

That documents incriminating Dr. Aafia are either false documents or produced under torture or threat of harm to her children.

That the Afghan police were looking for Dr. Aafia and her son based on a description given by an anonymous tip with a shoot on sight Order on the day she was detained in Ghazni.

That had Dr. Aafia  been shot on sight on suspicion of being suicide bombers, this would have led to a convenient closure of the case of Aafia Siddiqui at a time when a massive outcry from international community and a petition for habeas corpus was pending in the High Court of Pakistan in Islamabad.

Note that this court had been asked to order then-President Musharraf and the Pakistani government

(which would include anyone working with them) to release her or to reveal her whereabouts.

That Dr. Aafia, who spoke no local language in Ghazni, was dressed so conspicuously in a manner to be easily identified and shoot on sight as a (falsely-accused) suicide bomber as a part of someone else’s plan.

The forensic and scientific evidence presented during the trial in New York proved that Dr. Aafia could not have committed the crimes for which she was charged, still the the judges closing arguments jury disregarded the evidence and chose to agree with the prosecution due to fear and prejudice.

What Dr. Aafia’s detractors want?

We are asked to believe that Dr. Aafia, a respectable Pakistani woman in all ways, has links to terrorists from Pakistan; (NO terrorism charges against her)was voluntarily hiding under cover with three children acting as a terror field operative while at the same time leaving her family to believe for five years that she and her three children were dead.

We are asked to believe that Dr. Aafia arranged this just after her father died, after finding out her husband cheating on her marriage was disintegrating, and after leaving her widowed mother alone in Pakistan. It is absolutely not plausible and does not even fit the traditional profile by law enforcement of female or male terrorists from that part of the world.

Current Situation

In February, 2010, Dr. Aafia was tried and convicted in a US Federal court on charges of attempted murder and assaulting US servicemen in Ghazni, Afghanistan.  The official charges against Dr. Aafia were that she assaulted U.S. soldiers in Ghazni, Afghanistan, with one of the servicemen’s own rifles, while she was in their custody, waiting to be interrogated by them.

No US personnel were hurt but Dr. Aafia was shot and suffered serious injuries including brain damage. Dr Aafia categorically denies these charges. The forensic and physical evidence denies those charges

There were NO terrorism charges against Dr. Aafia.

According to several legal observers, the trial of Dr. Aafia was littered with many inconsistencies and defects, chief among them being

1.No jurisdiction to try the case in the US. This was a result of a rendition operation.

2. Many rulings by the judge that strongly favored the prosecution and prejudiced the case against the defense.

3.These ranged from allowing much hearsay evidence and jury instructions that favored the prosecution.

4. In addition, Dr. Aafia was not represented by lawyers of her choosing and faced constant innuendos of terrorism when she was not charged with any such offence.

5. As a result of Judge Richard Berman’s framing of the case in a negative light, Dr Aafia was convicted despite ALL physical and forensic evidence that showed that she could not have committed the acts she was charged with.

6. On September 23, 2010, Dr. Aafia was sentenced to 86 years in prison by Judge Richard Berman who overruled the jury’s determination that there was any pre-meditation. The judge also added enhancements that were not part of either the charges against Dr. Aafia nor part of the conviction.

After her sentencing, Dr. Aafia aasked that people not take any revenge or get emotional.  She asked that those who have wronged her be forgiven as she forgave Judge Berman. Dr. Aafia remains imprisoned, now at the notorious Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Carswell, Fort Worth, Texas where she is kept in the Special housing unit (SHU) which is the most severe confinement category. She is still not allowed communication with anyone she trusts, including family members.

7. Being a Muslim her religious book the Quran is desecrated, her clothes stripped, food urinated Upon and what could be a worse form of human coercion than tearing away little children from their mother And then threaten the mother of her children’s safety ?

Dr. Aafia’s Children

Dr. Aafia’s oldest son, Ahmed, who is a U.S. citizen by birth, was found in an American detention Centre , Afghanistan after public pressure and, in late 2008, was reunited with Dr.Aafia’s  sister in Karachi, Pakistan.

Dr. Aafia’s daughter, Maryum, also a US citizen by birth, was recovered in April 2010 and dropped off in Karachi after being missing for 7 íyears.  She was traumatized and spoke only American accented English.

Dr. Aafia’s youngest child, Suleman, a boy who would now be about 12 years old, remains missing; and is feared dead.

What Supporters and Family Seek?

Dr. Aafia, an MIT and Brandeis laureate, is now a broken and mere shell of her former self. Under these circumstances,

Family and supporters are asking the U.S. government to repatriate Dr. Aafia back to her home in Pakistan.

The Pakistani government has formally made this request as this matter has become a major public issue and has support across Pakistani political and social spectrums. Supporters and people of conscience should press government officials to get Dr. Aafia reunited with her family as soon as possible.

Aafia and her family seek no revenge as their faith is in vengeance is mine saith The Lord . Aafia’s case Has become a glaring example Of thousands suffering from rendition operations, illegal detentions, false a Accusations and torture tactics that put barbarism to shame.

Dr Aafia’s family and supporters still have hope in fair minded peoples commitment to mercy and justice to raise their voices with theirs so it be heard in the corridors of power. To help end the violations of basic human rights and let freedom ring. Justice for the past, for all Dr. Aafia has suffered, is hard to imagine.All that is asked for the future is for some measure of correction. If Dr. Aafia is repatriated, perhaps she can pick up some fragments of life with her family.

Closing

We ask people to look into this case themselves, and to do so with an open mind.

There is a lot of information out there on the Internet, and in the media. Many of the stories demonize Aafia, while some raise her to sainthood. Aafia is neither demon nor saint.

Aafia is simply a mother, daughter and sister with a dream, trapped in an extraordinary nightmare.

What is happening to Aafia and thousands others in the aftermath of 911 and the resulting “terror war” not happen to other innocents anymore.

(Source / 24.02.2016)

Pakistan defends stance on Morsi death sentence

Pakistani activists of Jamat-e-Islami chant slogans against the death sentence of former Egypt leader Mohamed Morsi during a protest in Islamabad on May 22, 2015. (AFP photo)

Pakistani activists of Jamat-e-Islami chant slogans against the death sentence of former Egypt leader Mohamed Morsi during a protest in Islamabad on May 22, 2015

Islamabad has strongly defended its recent condemnation of the death penalty handed down by an Egyptian court to former President Mohamed Morsi. 

Pakistani Foreign Office Spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said in a statement on Thursday that its condemnation of the death sentence against Egypt’s first democratically elected president was in accordance with international principles.

“Our statement on the death sentence given to the former Egyptian President was based on internationally recognized principles,” the statement read.

The statement came two days after Egypt’s Foreign Ministry summoned Pakistan’s charge d’affaires in the capital, Cairo, on Tuesday and termed Islamabad’s statement as meddling in the North African country’s internal affairs.

The Pakistani government had earlier opposed the death penalty to Morsi and more than 100 of his supporters, calling it a “tragedy for democracy.”

Several protest rallies have been held in support of Morsi in major cities across Pakistan over the past days.

Pakistani activists of Jamat-e-Islami carry placards of former Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi during a protest against his death sentence, in Islamabad on May 22, 2015

On May 16, a court in Egypt sentenced Morsi along with 105 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to death for a mass prison break in 2011 during the country’s revolution against long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak.

The death sentence is to be referred to the Grand Mufti, Egypt’s highest religious authority, for consultative review, and the final decision will be pronounced on June 2. The Grand Mufti’s verdict is non-binding on the court.

Morsi’s death sentence has drawn widespread criticism from different countries and rights groups.

The Britain-based Amnesty International has denounced the death penalty given to Morsi as “a charade based on null and void procedures.”

The United Nations(UN), the European Union (EU) and the United States have also censured the sentence.

(Source / 30.05.2015)