Message from Chairperson HRCP Asma Jahangir to all civil societies after her in-house arrest for 90 days

asma jahangir

Dear Friends,

The situation in the country is uncertain. There is a strong crackdown on the press and lawyers. Majority of the judges of the Supreme Court and four High Courts have not taken oath. The Chief Justice is under house arrest (unofficially). The President of the Supreme Court Bar (Aitzaz Ahsan) and 2 former presidents, Mr. Muneer Malik and Tariq Mahmood have been imprisoned for one month under the Preventive Detention laws. The President of the Lahore High Court Mr. Ahsan Bhoon
and former bar leader Mr. Ali Ahmed Kurd have also been arrested. The police is looking or 6 other lawyers, including President of Peshawar and Karachi bar. The President of Lahore bar is also in hiding.

There are other scores political leaders who have also been arrested.

Yesterday I was house arrested for 90 days. I am sending my detention order.

Ironically the President (who has lost his marbles) said that he had to clamp down on the press and the judiciary to curb terrorism. Those he has arrested are progressive, secular minded people while the terrorists are offered negotiations and ceasefires.

Lawyers and civil society will challenge the government and the scene is likely to get uglier. We want friends of Pakistan to urge the US administration to stop all support of the instable dictator, as his lust for power is bringing the country close to a worse form of civil
strife. It is not time for the international community to insist on preventive measures, otherwise cleaning up the mess may take decades. There are already several hundred IDPs and the space for civil society has hopelessly shrunk.

We believe that Musharaf has to be taken out of the equation and a government of national reconciliation put in place. It must be backed by the military. Short of this there are no realistic solutions, although there are no guarantees that this may work.

ASMA JAHANGIR

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3 thoughts on “Message from Chairperson HRCP Asma Jahangir to all civil societies after her in-house arrest for 90 days

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  2. In this situation all people should stand against the orders of president who is he, what is his level who ruling over country he is no any leader
    no one wants him he is forcely make himself as he want why do some which you can this my message for all who are living in pak land and i will request army officers that they should have participate to make normal situation

  3. people need justice but our parliment milletry and beurocracy are not able to provide the justic,secular, democratice, culutur to pakistani people in 60 years they quiral in parliment they have no plann to brought up pakistani socity as a democratic socity

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