Threat to Asma’s life condemned

We the undersigned citizens, belonging to various sections of Pakistan’s civil society, express our serious concern and alarm at the information-leak from a responsible and highly credible source…
Lahore, 4 June 2012: We the undersigned citizens, belonging to various sections of Pakistan’s civil society, express our serious concern and alarm at the information-leak from a responsible and highly credible source that there is a serious threat to the life of the country’s leading human rights activist and one of the most influential leaders of the bar, Ms Asma Jahangir. What makes the reported conspiracy to liquidate Asma Jahangir especially serious is, firstly, the environment of target-killings, in which dissident persons’ dead bodies are being dumped all over, and, secondly, the fact that the finger of accusation has been pointed at the extraordinarily privileged state actors. We wish to make it clear to all and sundry, especially those who preside over the security apparatus, that they must not under-estimate the consequences of any harm being caused to the life of Asma Jahangir. This is not a conspiracy against one individual alone; it is obviously a plot againstPakistan’s future as a democratic state, of which the threat to Asma Jahangir may be only one, though crucial, part. What the duty of the state in this matter is and how the civil society must face the challenge thrown to it need no elaboration.


1.      Justice ® Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim

2.      Dr. Mubashir Hassan

3.      Mr. I. A. Rehman

4.      Mr. Yasmin Azad, President SCBAP

5.      Akhtar Hussain President Pakistan Bar Council

6.      Ali Ahmad Kurd, former President SCBAP

7.      Mr. Tariq Mahmood former President SCBAP

8.      Mr. Muneer A Malik, former President SCBAP

9.      Lt. General ® Talat Masood

10.  Air Marshal ® Zafar Chaudhry

11.  Mr. Ahmed Rashid, author and senior journalist

12.  Mr. Latif Afridi, President High Court Bar Peshawar

13.  Mr. Shahryam Sarwar Chaudhry, President Lahore High Court Bar Association

14.  Mr. Zahoor Ahmad Shawani President Balochistan High Court Bar Association

15.  Sher Muhammad, President Malakand High Court Bar Association

16.  Mr. Azam Nazir Tarar, Member PBC

17.  Mr. Ehsan Bhoon Member PBC

18.  Justice ® Malik Saeed Hassan

19.  Mr. S.M. Masood former Law Minister

20.  Mr. Ehsan Wyne General Secretary, ANP

21.  Prof. Salima Hashmi

22.  Hina Jilani, Advocate

23.  Munir Kakar President Executive Committee Balochistan Bar Council

24.  Jugnu Mohsin, Editor Friday Times

25.  Mr. Kamran Shafi

26.  Kamran Arif Co-Chairperson HRCP

27.  Rashid Rehman, Editor Daily Times.

28.  Fareeda Shaheed

29.  Samina Rehman

30.  Prof. Dr. Mehdi Hassan

31.  Dr. Haroon Ahmed

32.  Saleem Asmi, former editor, Dawn

33.  Tahir Hassan vice Chairperson HRCP, Quetta

34.  Neelam Hussain

35.  Kishwar Naheed

36.  Khawar Mumtaz

37.  Nazish Ataullah former Principal NCA

38.  Ms. Shahtaj Qizilbash coordinator, Joint Action Committee.

39.  Nasreen Azhar

40.  Mr. Abbas Rashid

41.  Ms. Nighat Saeed.

42.  Mr. Sajid Bashir former President Lahore Bar Association

43.  Shahzad Hassan Sheikh former President Lahore Bar Association.

44.  Muhammad Tahseen, South Asia Partnership


Issued by


Zohra Yusuf

Chairperson, HRCP


I. A. Rehman


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