Asma Jahangir – Appeal

Appeal for support to lawyers and judges in Pakistan

I am fortunate to be under house arrest while my colleagues are suffering. The Musharaf government has declared martial law to settle scores with lawyers and judges. While the terrorists remain on the loose and continue to occupy more space in Pakistan, senior lawyers are being tortured. The civil society of Pakistan urges bar associations all over the world to mobilize public opinion in favor of the judges and lawyers in Pakistan. A large number of judges of superior courts are under arrest. Thousands of lawyers are imprisoned, beaten and tortured. In particular the cases of Muneer A Malik, Aitzaz Ahsan, Tariq Mahmood and Ali Ahmed Kurd are serious. Muneer A Malik, the former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association and leader of the lawyers’ movement has been shifted to the notorious Attack Fort. He is being tortured and is under the custody of the military intelligence. Tariq Mahmood, former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, was imprisoned in Adiala jail. No one was allowed to see him and it is reported that he has been shifted to an unknown place. Mr. Ali Ahmed Kurd, former Vice Chair of the Pakistan Bar Council is in the custody of military intelligence and being kept at an undisclosed place. Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan, President of the Supreme Court Bar is being kept in Adiayala jail in solitary confinement. Representatives of bar associations should approach their governments to pressure the government of Pakistan to release all lawyers and judges and immediately provide access to Muneer A Malik, Tariq Mahmood, Ali Ahmed Kurd and Aitzaz Ahsan. The bars are also urged to hold press conferences in their country and express their solidarity with the lawyers of Pakistan who are struggling to establish the rule of law.

Asma Jahngir
Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan
Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

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4 thoughts on “Asma Jahangir – Appeal

  1. Asma Jahangir
    May Allah give courage to people like you who are fighting for the rule of law in this country. I have a very firm opinion that if Judiciary is not restored to pre-PCO position we are all doomed for a long time. What kind of direction present judiciary will take, we all know.

  2. How can people send funds to Pakistan to support families of people who have been imprisoned and to support the democracy movement?

  3. Liar, Liar, Liar…..

    Mush is nothing but a “not very sophisticated con man” using the terrorism “bogey” and “Pakistan First” as his shields…everything happened on his watch, “in total control” or “out of control”…In summary he is basically a stupid man with limited intellect, limited understanding, pretending to be a great strategist and the nation’s saviour. His actions remind me of the old army adage …. “Beware of the stupid and hardworking officer; he is a menace, search him out and destroy him mercilessly, for he will lead you to defeat….” Unfortunately Musharraf’s stupidity has set us back a couple of decades and leading us into a miserable abyss. Let him also not forget that in the not too distant future, we may witness the equally distressful sight of his wife Sehba, daughter and daughter in law being slapped, kicked, punched and flung around like rag dolls, mercilessly thrown to the ground by police and military goons, as was done to Imran Khan’s sisters, when he is no longer in power, and has the guts to stay back in Pakistan and not to a comfortable Dallas Ranch. The perception is that he is universally disliked if not hated amongst the rank and file of the Pakistan army, and his continuous actions, misrule and staying in power may stretch the integrity of this only stable institutions and, may cause this institution to explode with all its tragic and horrifying consequences, for Pakistan. What a tragedy. How he lulled and cheated us into believing he was “our…….”. The man who would take us forward, a fresh spring after the misrule and corruption of Benazir and Nawaz Sharif. All Pakistan needed was an honest, uncompromising leader, even if it be a dictator, however distasteful the thought, and all we got was a power hungry megalomanic, womanizing, drunkard, masquerading as our saviour. Look at his track record of dismal and pathetic decisions…Kargil, the 2002 Referendum farce, trucking with the Chaudries, backtracking on taking off his Uniform in 2004, the CJ fiasco, disowning his own NAB when they got too close to the truth, allowing Lal Masjid to reach the stage with ISI next door, and now the mother of all his decisions…a Martial Law, against himself and the collapse of his own dispensation.

    Our heads hang in shame at the disgrace he has brought on the Nation’s honour and dignity, on quelling with fascist Hitlerism the first oh so welcome signs of a civil society showing some signs of spine after decades of servility, of a supreme court, despite running somewhat amok, standing up to dictatorial edicts, of having the International community clubbing us with the likes of Zimbabwe, a nation devoid of even the semblance of rule of law, basic decency, personal integrity ( lost count the number of times he has lied in public)

    ….Nothing but a Liar, Liar, Liar…best removed, quickly forgotten, forever damned

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