Demonstrations

Demonstrations and protests held across Pakistan and other countries

For newer additions and information received, the HRCP moderator will add them in the comments below on behalf of the informer. Other parties are welcome to leave their calls and comments as well.

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Punjab University students to setup hunger-strike camp today DEC 11, 2007

LAHORE: Punjab University (PU) students on Tuesday (today) will set up a hunger-strike camp at the New Campus to protest against holding the constitution in abeyance, violating human rights, putting curbs on the media and arresting students. The camp would be set up outside the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), ICS student Naveed Alam told Daily Times on Monday.

He said the PU students were upset over the prevailing political situation in the country. They were not convinced with the emergency rule, and the way human rights had been violated, he added. He said the student at the camp would educate their fellow students about the importance of the restoration of the constitution, human rights and freedom of the media.

The Students Action Committee (SAC), a group of students representing 21 different universities and colleges of the city, has set up a hunger-strike camp outside the Lahore Press Club since last Saturday demanding release of the arrested students.

ISLAMABAD Nov 12, 2007: School students roughed up and arrested at silent protest

BOSTON NOV 10, 2007 – Pakistani students from local universities and colleges held a very successful protest rally at the Boston Commons. The rally was attended by about 200 people. The students had the full support of Boston’s Pakistani expatriate community. Boston area Academicians, Lawyers and Physicians attended and spoke at the rally. Students at Harvard, MIT and Bunker Hill Community College were among the key organizers of the rally to protest the attack against the judiciary, curbs against the media and the violence against lawyers, human right activists and students exercising their right of peaceful protest.

· Students from the Berklee College of music provided the percussion drums and synchronized the chants of AZAADI (freedom) in a show of solidarity with the Students, Judiciary, Journalists, Human Rights activists and Media in Pakistan.

· Emerson college students were in full force with video footage and interviewing of the crowd documenting the protest and the right for free speech and expression.

· Wellesley college girls were in the forefront holding banners and led the “march of the chain” in a symbolic message for the people of Pakistan who have been arrested and brutalized for speaking out.

· Brandies University students were accompanied by their Professor and program Director. She spoke in support of the students who were at the rally and encouraged them to exercise their rights of free speech and thought.

· Also in attendance was a group of students from the university of Massachusetts and Hamshire College at Amherst.

Saad Mustafa, a student at Bunker Hill Community college, made announcements during the protest. Aqil Sajjad, a Pakistani student at Harvard, highlighted the importance of an independent judiciary for the people of Pakistan and also stressed that the war against terror can not be won unless the country has a properly functioning judiciary commanding the respect of the masses. He criticised the US policy of supporting dictators in the country and said that the US had to decide whether it was with the people of Pakistan or with the dictator. Arooj Aftab, a Pakistani student at the Berklee College of music, spoke about how an environment of state oppression was extremely detrimental to creativity and made it difficult for artists like herself to operate. Rabeel Warraich, a Pakistani student at MIT, discussed the impact of the present crisis on the economy and how it was going to make life for the majority of Pakistanis living in poverty even tougher. Adaner Usmani, a Harvard student from Pakistan, linked the struggle of the Pakistani people with similar causes in the rest of the world.

Physicians from Tufts University and Massachusetts General Hospital such as Dr. Fauzia Afridi and Dr. Kimat Khattak addressed the students and highlighted the fact that most of their generation had grown up in Pakistan, knowing only totalitarian regimes and dictatorship in one form or another. They encouraged the youth of Pakistan to revive the Student Movements of their country and to work for a change to wards democracy. Dr. Khoso, son of Justice Khoso shared his family’s ordeal and the hardship his father had recently undergone along with the arrest of his two brothers. Friends of South Asia were represented among others, by lawyers like Lubna Mahmood and Supreme Court Judge Dr. Aslam Khaki, who shared personal accounts of the brutalities their colleagues are facing. Poetry from Faiz, a prominent Pakistani poet, was eloquently sung by Mustafa Kamal Ahmed. Representatives from the International Action Center and other Human Rights Activists also addressed the crowd. Mr. Gabriel Camado spoke very eloquently and shared the struggles of his people in South America. Mary Najimi highlighted the support of the Arab American coalition for a US policy change in South Asia and the Middle East and promised to spread the message of solidarity amongst the local communities. Hassan Abbas was present and spoke to the media in favour of the Boston Students’ initiative and their message of support for the students in Pakistan. The event was also attended by local groups like the Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia and officially endorsed by the Massachusetts chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, which is also planning to hold a demonstration on Tuesday, Nov 14 at the state house in Boston.

– Received by the Emergency mailing list
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Demonstration at Agha Super Market, Clifton, Karachi
November 7, 2007 at 05:00 pm

Several activists of civil society and students from different colleges and universities suddenly appeared with placards and banners at Agha Super Market, Clifton, Karachi and staged a demonstration against Emergency / Martial Law / Military Rule today on November 7, 2007 at about 05:00 pm. The demonstrators chanted slogans against General Musharraf and strongly demanded thatAn independent election commission should be formed forthwith.

  • Mr. Iftikhar Chaudhry, Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan and other judges of Supreme Court and high courts should immediately be re-instated.
  • Independence of the judiciary must be restored with immediate effect.
  • Curb on print and electronic media should be lifted;
  • Lawyers, political and human rights activists arrested all over the country must immediately be released unconditionally;
  • Freedom of association and political activities should not be curbed

12 thoughts on “Demonstrations

  1. Emergency Moderator from emergency newsletter updates – 4:42 AM (5 hours ago)

    [Emergency] Planning Committee Islamabad Meeting Monday Nov 19th
    Meeting at 6 pm. Hot Spot.

    call 0300 5599085 if you don’t see someone holding a Pakistani flag there.
    All Rawalpindi/Islamabad enthusiasts are cordially invited to participate.
    The meeting will talk discuss the outcome of the protests so far and the strategy for the future.
    Emergency mailing list
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  2. People’s Rights Movement
    Date: Nov 15, 2007 1:22 PM , Subject: PLEASE CIRCULATE

    As the momentum of protests intensifies, it has become clear that the movement against martial law now extends beyond the legal fraternity – long the vanguard of the present struggle – and is now a movement of students, journalists, political activists and ordinary citizens alike.

    It is in this spirit that the Awami Jamhoori Ittehad is giving an open call to any and all persons, parties and groups who believe that the army’s role in politics should end once and for all, that all political prisoners should be released, judges reinstated, and the restrictions on the media lifted.
    We need to come out in force. If not now, then when? If not us, then who?

    MONDAY, 19th NOVEMBER, 2007, 3pm, Aab Para Chowk, Islamabad.

    Please tell everyone. And bring flags, banners, placards, flyers, stickers, and anything with which you can make noise. Please make yourselves heard.
    For further information, please contact Asha Amirali at 0306 5286942

    People’s Rights Movement (PRM)
    PD-1154B Irum Plaza, Shahrah-e-Stadium, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
    Ph: 92-51-4422656, Fax: 92-51-2824257 Email: amajid@comsats.net.pk, WWW: http://www.prmpakistan.org

  3. [Emergency mailing list] EMERGENCY in Pakistan: What YOU can do from USA?

    Dear ANAA, APPNA, CRDP, Dowite and all Concerned Citizens,

    Please Call your Congressman/woman and Senator. For their number click here. Ask to be connected to the staffer who deals with foreign relations in Washington Office. Once you get connected to that person introduce yourself and show your concern for Emergency in Pakistan.

    Ask them:
    1. To issue a statement in line with Senator Kerry, Senator Biden or Congresswoman Lowey. Tell them that you will forward them their statement (attached with this email) or click here US Congress
    2. Ask them for an appointment and we have volunteers in DC who would meet them.
    3. Please call me 928-550-0062 if you want to volunteer to be part of the team to meet these Congress representatives OR if you have an appointment with them and need volunteer teams to meet them. OR for any other concern about this Congressional initiative.

    Lets all work together for a better and democratic Pakistan for independent Judiciary and Media, two institutions, on which the wrath of establishment is on.

    Regards-
    Zaffar Iqbal
    President ANAA
    http://www.4anaa.org

  4. From Teeth Maestro http://www.teeth.com.pk/blog/

    Teachers charged with sedition
    Posted: 23 Nov 2007 05:18 AM CST

    In continuation of the attacks on all civil institutions, the illegal and unconstitutional government of Gen. Musharraf has instituted sedition charges against 14 members of the academic staff of Punjab University:

    1. Dr. Mumtaz Salik, President, Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA)
    2. Dr. Asmatullah, Secretary General, PUASA
    3. Dr. Haris Rashid, Director, Centre for High Energy Physics
    4. Samee Uzair, Law College
    5. Amanullah, Law College
    6. Mujahid Mansoori, ICS
    7. Dr. Shafiq Jallandhari, ICS
    8. Nayyar Raza Zaidi, Director, IBIT
    9. Dr. Mujahid Kamran, Chairman, Department of Physics
    10. Ziaullah Shah, IER
    11. Eana Majid IER
    12. Prof. Bashir Ahmad, Pharmacy College
    13. Prof. Chaudhry Muhammad Nazir, Department of Geology
    14. Prof. Abdul Ghaffar, Department of Geography

    The FIR against the above 14 teachers of Punjab University under sections 124-A, 188, 143/149 and 16-MPO was registered at the Muslim Town police station, Lahore. They have been charged with sedition and provoking the masses against the government for its action of imposing emergency and promulgating the PCO. This FIR was registered after the above teachers had taken part in demonstrations against the promulgation of emergency and for the restoration of the constitution and the judiciary. These were peaceful protests held inside the campus.
    The academic staff of Punjab University are continuing their protest against the government and the Chancellor of the university and are demanding the withdrawal of the FIR.

  5. FRom Emergency mailing list
    December 7, 2007

    Lahore, Protest, RIGHT NOW (till 11 am)
    Come to the Racecourse Thana (also known as Lawrence Road Thana) right now to protest the arrest of 12 innocent civilians who were protesting the illegal order to remove Justice MA Shahid Siddiqi. Those arrested will be taken to the Kangaroo Court Lahore at 11am.

    Islamabad, Vigil, 5 PM- 6:30 PM
    Vigil outside the residence of SCBA President Aitazaz Ahsan
    HOUSE NO. 10 , STREET NO 16, F-6/3,
    Islamabad
    Please bring candles, banners, placards etc.

    Islamabad SAC meeting, 7PM
    Same place as always. Call 0334-8501125 if you cant find us.

    London – Panel Discussion – 7-9 PM
    A CAMPAIGN AGAINST MARTIAL LAW EVENT”FICTION AND POLITICS”The Campaign Against Martial Law invites you to a reading by Pakistani fiction writers and writers who are friends of Pakistan. The writers will be reading from their work, leading to a discussion on the intersection of literature and politics.Friday 7th DecemberVenue: Room 3, South Range Building, King’s College, Strand Campus, University of London.Timing: 7.00-9.00Price of admission: £5 Schedule- Introduction: CAML member- The current situation in Pakistan: Ghazi Salahuddin- Readings:Moni MohsinAmarjit ChandanSaqlain ImamKamila ShamsieZubaida MetloMohammed HanifAamer Hussein

    Toronto – Panel Discussion – 2 pm
    The Rule of Martial Law in Pakistan: A Panel Discussion of Protest, Politics, and Lawyers in PakistanFriday, December 7, 200712:00 – 2:00 p.m.Faculty of Law, University of TorontoRoom FLA – Flavelle House, 78 Queen’s ParkThe panel includes Keith Adam M. Dodek, B.A. (McGill), J.D., magna cum laude, (Harvard) a Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Law; Kamran Bokhari, Director of Middle East Analysis with Strategic Forecasting, Inc (Stratfor) and author of an upcoming book on radical/militant Islamist political thought, entitled ‘Voices of Jihadism: Contemporary Radical Islamist Writings’; and (tentatively) Cheryl Milne, Vice Chair of the Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Section of the Ontario Bar Association. The Panel will be moderated by Shibil Siddiqi, Board Member of South Asian Legal Clinic and a Global Youth Fellow with the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation. The panel will engage in a thought provoking discussion about the events in Pakistan.Lunch will be served.This event is jointly sponsored by the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO).Contacts:Lorne SossinProfessor Faculty of LawUniversity of Toronto78 Queen’s Park Cres.Toronto, On. M5S 2C5phone: 416-946-8229fax: 416-978-7899email: lorne.sossin@utoronto.caDeepa MattooProject CoordinatorSouth Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario1992 Yonge Street, Suite 205Toronto, Ontario M4S 1Z7Tel: 416 487-6371 ext.11Fax: 416 487-6456Email: deepa@salc.netwww.salc.net
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  6. Received from the Emergency Mailing list
    Protests List for following week

    MONDAY, Dec 10
    – Human Rights Day being observed as a ‘black day’ by HRCP, PFUJ/KUJ and People’s Resistance
    4 pm, Karachi Press Club – wear black.

    – Plus ‘Teach in’, 7-9 pm, “Activism and Organizing: Speak-out and Discussion Session for Youth”.

    WEDNESDAY, Dec 12 – ‘Live with Talat’ – featuring Talat Hussain, & Nusrat Javeed & Mushtaq Minhas (Bolta Pakistan)
    Karachi Press Club – 2.00- 4.00 pm sharp
    Confirmed guests include: Justices (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed, Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim, Majida Rizvi & Rasheed Rizvi (Prez. SHCBA), advocate Noor Naz Agha.

    FRIDAY, Dec 14 – The big rally
    4.00 pm – Meet at Regal Chowk, end at Press Club.
    – Join us to demand the Restoration of the Judiciary & the Media and Revoke the PCO.

    P.S. Re: Rally notes:

    People’s Resistance organized a meeting on Dec 6 to discuss and plan the rally. Several organizations & parties attended the meeting held at the Press Club (see list below). The attendance at the meeting far exceeded expectations. The meeting agreed to continue the struggle for the restoration of the judiciary, the constitution and the media.

    The original date of the rally was decided for Dec 13, but for various reasons this was later changed to Dec 14 (Friday).

    A final planning meeting is planned for this event on Dec 11, at 5 pm, at the HRCP office which we hope at least one representative from each organisation will attend.

    Those who attended the Dec 6 meeting included:

    1. All Pakistan Trade Union Federation (Farid Awan,
    2. Aurat Foundation (Shireen Aijaz, Malka Khan & Anis Haroon),
    3. Awami National Party (M. Amin Khattak),
    4. Awami Tehreek (Mazhar Ali),
    5. Communist Party (Zubair).
    6. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (Uzma Noorani, Iqbal Haider & Asad Iqbal Butt),
    7. International Socialists (Asghar Dasti),
    8. Irtiqa (Ali Yawar),
    9. Jamaat-e-Islami (Dr Wasay Zafar),
    10. Karachi Workers Union, PC Hotel (Ghulam Mehboob),
    11. Labour Party Pakistan (Nasir Mansoor),
    12. Muttahida Labour Federation Pakistan (Mohd. Jafar Khan),
    13. National Organisation for Working Communities (Farhat Parveen),
    14. National Party (Makhdoom Ayub Qureshi),
    15. National Trade Union Federation Pakistan (Mohd. Qasim Anwar, Gen. Secy),
    16. National Workers’ Party (Khuda Bux Baloch),
    17. Pakistan Democratic Forum (M. Khan),
    18. Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (Dr Safdar Niaz),
    19. Pakistan Muslim League-N (Saleem Zia & A. Ghani Sunriani),
    20. Pakistan People’s Party (Nisar Khuhro),
    21. Pakistan Tehrike-e-Insaf (Dr Arif Alvi & Mohd. Zubair Khan),
    22. PILER (Nadeem Ahmed),
    23. Pakistan Mazdoor Mahaz (Ali Nasir),
    24. Pakistan Medical Association (Dr S. Tipu Sultan & Dr Habib Soomro),
    25. Pakistan Trade Union Federation (Noor Mohammad, Gen. Secy)
    26. Progressive Writers’ Association (Nadeem Sibtain),
    27. Railway Workers Federation (Manzoor Razzak),
    28. Roots (Wali Haider),
    29. Sindhiani Tehrik (Shehr Bano),
    30. Sustainable Participatory Organisation (Illahi Baksh)
    31. Talba Action Committee (Faisal Javaid),
    32. Urban Resource Centre (Zahid Farooq),
    33. Women Action Forum (Hina Tabassum, Nuzhat Kidvai),
    34. Workers Solidarity Committee (Liaquat Ali Sahi),

    In addition, several citizens attended in their own capacity as individuals, along with several members of the People’s Resistance.

  7. Received from the Emergency Mailing List
    PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE

    President Of The Supreme Court Bar Association And Chief Counsel For The Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry Has Been Served Another Month Of Judicial Remand.

    We Condemned This Act By The Government Authorities And Demand An Immediate Release Of Mr. Ahsan, Mr. Ali Ahmed Kurd, Munir A Malik And Justice ® Tariq Mehmood. We Also Want To See Free And Independent Press And Media.

    How Can We Forget The Role Of The Brave Lawyers Who Struggled For Months To Get The Chief Justice Restored And Upheld The Law.

    Now Its Time For Us To Act; Lawyers, Students, Doctors, Bankers, Civil Society, Pensioners, Human Rights Activists, Media, Business Community, Law Abiding Citizens.

    We Will Be Gathering Outside House No. 10 , Street No 16, F-6/3 Islamabad On 13th December At 1530 Hrs To Show Solidarity With The Honourable Judges, Lawyers And The Media.

    Please Bring Your Family, Friends, Children And Neighbours. It Is Time To Act. We Need To Tell Them That The Nation Is With Them. Let Us All Be United Towards One Common Goal “Free Judiciary”.

    The Participants Will Walk To The Judges Enclave To Salute Them On Their Stance.

    Please Do Not Forget To Bring Candles And Flowers.

    PLEASE BE COUNTED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

  8. Received from the Emergency Mailing List – Concerned Citizens of Pakistan (CCP)

    Dear All, The Lahore Bar is hosting a public meeting at Aiwan-e-Adal – Lower Mall, adjacent to Town Hall, tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec 12) at 10.30 AM. The meeting will be addressed by 4 Judges who refused to take oath under the PCO, including the Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court. Please attend, and order your friends to do the same! This is our chance to honour our real heroes. In Complete Solidarity, CCP

  9. SAC Islamabad issues call for the 17th of December
    SAC I7th December Protest
    Student Action Committee
    Rawalpindi/Islamabad

    Will the general taking off his uniform benefit the people of Pakistan?
    After the lifting of the emergency will our rights be guaranteed?
    Can there be free and fair elections in the absence of the real judiciary?

    Our protest continues:
    For the restoration of the Chief Justice and his fellow judges
    For the lifting of all curbs on the media
    For the withdrawal of the army from politics once and for all
    For the restoration of student unions
    For an end to the class system of education

    JOIN US:
    Monday, 17th December 2007
    3pm, Aab Para Chowk, Islamabad

    If not us, then who?
    If not now, then when?

    (The SAC Lahore will respond to the call of their brethren in Islamabad by staging a protest on the same day. The time and venue for the Lahore protest will be decided today.)

    Student Action Committee Lahore issues call for the 17th
    Emergency lifted: nothing restored

    We, the people, are the rightful masters of both congress and the courts – not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the constitution. – Abraham Lincoln

    Even after the emergency has been lifted, the country is still under the stranglehold of the regime. The Student Action Committee (Lahore) will continue to fight for our country’s rights.

    Without an independent and free minded judiciary, we the people will never have protection.

    Without an unshackled media, we the people will never have a voice.

    Join the Student Action Committee (Lahore) and other civil society groups in pushing through the barriers to freedom.

    Come join us in a peaceful protest at Nasir Bagh on the 17th of December 2007 at 1 pm.

    A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. – Edward Abbey

    Student Action Committee (Lahore)
    Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with any political party, rather we represent the collective conscience of the students of Pakistan. Joins Us: saclhr@hcs.harvard.edu

  10. Received from the Emergency Mailing List – Girls from Peshawar University stage protest

    Peshawar (Dec 17):Female students of Peshawar University staged a protest here to express solidarity with the judiciary and media. Earlier, the administration thwarted plans of holding a peaceful walk on campus by a group of girls numbering one hundred, when its officials along with police armed with AK-47s arrived at the gates of the UOP Girls’ Hostel where the walk was expected to begin. The admin locked the hostel gate and nobody was allowed to come out. Later on, few student representatives did manage to step out however they were prevented from taking out a rally. Talking to the media they said the girls from a conservative place like the Frontier were impelled to come out as they considered it as their moral duty. They wanted to protest because of the ongoing situation in the country. According to them, there was growing resentment against dictatorship amongst the students. They expressed concern over the worsening law and order situation in the province and the tribal areas and blamed President Musharraf for throwing the region in a state of turmoil due to, what they termed, his ‘bad policies’. The students said they did not belong to any political party however they supported Imran Khan’s stand of boycotting ‘fraudulent’ elections. They called for restoration of all deposed judges and immediate lifting of curbs on the media. Afterwards, some student representatives displayed their protest placards in front of members of the press and vowed to stage another demonstration next time.It may be recalled, that a students rally was taken out in Peshawar last Thursday also (13 Dec) which was forcibly turned back by armed police and university officials.

  11. Received from the Emergency Mailing list – CCP
    Dear All,
    First – a HUGE thank you to everyone who showed up outside Aitzaz Ahsan’s house for the most successful showing yet (see eyewitness account posted on the Group wall).

    Second – we have no time to lose, and so TOMORROW, sunday 23rd Dec at 2:30 pm – please bring your friends and join us at Allama Iqbal’s Mausoleum (next to Badshahi mosque) , in a peaceful solidarity rally to engage the public. We will be circulating the flyer you saw yesterday on why the restoration of the judiciary is everyone’s problem; and a number of distinguished luminaries – ex-judges, journalists and activists will speak.

    Come in large numbers, and pass this on.
    In Complete Unity on Eid
    CCP

  12. Received from the Emergency Mailing list

    The Student Action Committee (lahore) has called for a protest on the 8th of January 2008 at 2 pm at Minar e Pakistan. In collaboration with civil society groups, lawyers and activists.

    This protest is to be registered against the removal of the pre Nov 3rd judiciary that stood for a just rule of law and against the inefficiency displayed by the establishment which has led to the assassination of thousands of citizens, including a powerful leader of opposition.

    The students demand that the pre Nov 3rd judiciary be restored without which elections cannot be free and fair. However, we do acknowledge that there are compelling reasons for to participate in the upcoming elections for many, and do not hold it against them, so long as they are committed to the restoration of the only judiciary that has exercised independance to this degree.

    Aitzaz Ahsen’s baseless dentention keeps getting prolonged while the stringent treatment meted out to him suggests that our current regime shuns standing for principles and only favours partisan attitudes.

    While Pakistan is on the brink of being considered a ‘failed state’, the SAC (lahore) urges the nation to join forces for the onlt path that can lead us out of this mess. So join us on the 8th and stand loud and strong at Minar e Pakistan at 2 pm.

    While the country’s being exploited by opportunistic leaders and political parties, the country has a chance to literally stand up and decide the future of Pakistan on the basis of right and wrong, on previous false promises, failed governments and demolished institutions.

    So please take time out for your country, stand united and show everyone that we care, that we will not rest until Pakistan steps on the only path that can ensure its survival.

    In solidarity for principals,
    Student Action Committee

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