Blast at Rehman Baba’s mausoleum shocks HRCP

Press Release, March 5


LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned a bombing at the mausoleum of renowned poet Rehman Baba on the outskirts of Peshawar.


In a statement issued on Thursday, HRCP said: “The bombing at the mausoleum cannot be condemned strongly enough. Rehman Baba is the national poet not only of the Pashtun people, but of the whole of Pakistan. It is ironic that the mausoleum of a poet revered for opposing oppression and advocating peace and tolerance has been targeted by the militants. But then may be it is not that strange after all. The bombing demonstrates the kind of country Taliban fanatics want to turn Pakistan into.


Militants had apparently asked people to stop women from visiting the shrine. Barring women stepping out of their houses is apparently something that no agreement with the government can talk the militants out of. Today it was Rehman Baba’s mausoleum. Tomorrow it will be girls’ colleges. Girls’ schools are already a regular target.


The deterioration of the security situation across the country is alarming. It is not a simple law and order issue any more, but needs much greater attention and urgency.”


Asma Jahangir


Mobile courts will disrupt judicial order: HRCP

Press release, March 2

Lahore: The manner in which the federal government has decided to launch mobile courts will lead to disruption of judicial order and widespread resentment, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has said.

A press statement issued by HRCP on Monday said: “Both the timing and manner of promulgating an ordinance to establish mobile courts raise grave concerns. There is no valid reason why the government chose to introduce the measure through a presidential ordinance a day ahead of the current National Assembly session. Such brazen-faced tricks to bypass the parliament always invite doubts on government’s bona fides. It is impossible to ignore the timing of the measure, amid protests by the PML-N against the court verdict disqualifying its leaders and ahead of the lawyers’ long march. If it is meant to pre-empt protests and demonstrations it will only fuel more. Such shortsighted measures would achieve little other than further undermining public faith in the judicial order and increasing credibility gap between the public and the government and it is all the more important to avoid them amid the prevailing confidence deficit and political turmoil.”

Asma Jahangir , Chairperson