State of Emergency Pakistan 2007 -Emails, Feedback and Support
Here are some of the many emails we have received from all over the world. Please leave your comments, views or opinions at the bottom of the page. Thank you.
As a citizen of Pakistan, I strongly protest against (a) the latest usurpation of constitution and destruction of our civil polity; (b) dismissal of the legitimate Supreme Court of this country and removal of a large number of judges at all levels; (c) the illegal arrest/detention of political leaders, activists, lawyers and all members of civil society who have dared to or dare to raise a voice against tyranny; (d) the suppression of the independent media; (e) the imposition of a draconian, inhuman and illegal regime on the whole nation.
I urge HRCP and all other such bodies to stand up now, and initiate a peaceful civil disobedience campaign nationwide and to also protest this state of affairs at all forums internationally.
Dear Friends,All of us are really worried about the events in Pakistan and the hardships our friends and others are going through.
This evening Gujral Sahib, Kuldipji, Sachchar Sahib, Syeda, Maja and I met to discuss the situation. Gujral Sahib has done a short statement for the papers and it was to be sent to the Indian press tonight and to other SAHR members.
Please keep us informed and take care of yourselves in Pakistan.
we are certainly most worried and concerned. My thoughts are with you.
damaris – LST
Please keep me closely informed
My dear Asma, Rehman Sahib and all friends Pakistan,
We are in touch with some of you and are worried about you. We know your strength and wish you more. I think the best will be if the Pakistan group drafts a statement. We are meeting at Mr. Gujral’s place at 1730 today.
In solidarity and support, affectionately
I agree with Dr. Panday. Why not you draft a statement quickly so that we could do an intervention without any further delay. Take care of yourself.
With due respect to all others, only you can draft the kind of statement that we need on Asma and Pakistan. Hope to see it soon.
From: Kathelijne Kleinegris
Letter from ICCO en Kerk in Actie The Netherlands
Dear HRCP, dear Mr. Rehman and Ms. Asma Jahangir,
In the annex you will find our letter to you as our gesture of sympathy and support for the terrible situation you have to face as Human Right Defenders, both on the personal as professional level.
We also have sent a letter of concern to our Embassy and Min. of Foreign Affairs, with the request to monitor HR violations specifically against HR Defenders as close as possible and act according to EU guidelines.
We wish you all the strength you need and hope to be released soon from the measure taken against you.
ICCO en Kerk in Actie
It is with great concern and pain that we look at the present situation in the country. People who use their intellect, writing and spoken power are today silent while the terrorists involved in challenging the writ of the state have still to be arrested and to be dealt with. We have tried in small a way to lodge our protest so that freedom is preserved. We condemn the present state movement that is against moderation and Enlightenment. Moderates are targeted and those promoting extremism are still to be dealt with in the country.
Fr. Bonnie Mendes
Society for Human Development Pakistan – firstname.lastname@example.org
To Hina Jilani:
My name is Scott Romans. I am a lawyer in Akron, Ohio, USA and I want to show support for the brave lawyers and judges who are standing against the dictator, Pervez Musharaf.
I am working to have lawyers in the United States and the United Kingdom stand in support of their Pakistani brothers and sisters as they work to restore the constitution and human rights in Pakistan. Can you help to spread the word for lawyers and judges in the U.S. and U.K. to gather at courthouses on Friday, 9 November 2007 at noon to demonstrate solidarity with those oppressed and jailed in Pakistan?
Please help and let us know how we can help in other ways.
C. Scott Romans
UNHCR is following with great concern what is going on in the country. Obviously, we are worried that many of our lawyer colleagues from the ALAC’s are arrested or under house arrest or victims of other repressive measures. If it is possible – we would appreciate any detailed information on such incidences.
We wish you and all the members of the HRCP team safe days!
Senior Protection Officer
UNHCR – Islamabad
Dear Asma Jahangir,
On the behalf of All Pakistan Trade Union Federation, we salute you and all others who has been arrested and house detained on the very next day of the emergency being imposed by Musharraf.
We appreciate whole-heartedly HRCP and other civil society organizations struggling for the democracy, supremacy of constitution, against the military rule and emergency as well as for the supremacy of judiciary.
APTUF strongly condemned this act of the government and demanded to immediately release all the activists, civil society representatives/lawyers, journalist and political leaders.
On behalf of Pakistani working class we assure you that we are with you.
Gulzar Ahmed Chaudhary
Ms. Asma Jahangir,
I am writing in support of HRCP’s courageous stand against the PCO of November 3, 2007. I admire your and the work of your 55 colleagues fro Freedom and Human Rights of Pakistanis. The arrests of 55 HRCP members was without cause and shameful. The legal system that was supposed to protect our mothers, sisters and daughters is now harassing and abusing them.
I am a US citizen, who was born and raised in Pakistan. I am getting news about Pakistan through to GEO via Dish network USA and HRCP website. Your stand in this of darkness is inspiring.
The darkness shall not last and Pakistan shall evolve as a nation or higher integrity. How can I support the struggle of People of Pakistan and HRCP?
Dear Rehman, Iqbal, Shahtaj and Asma
Our Solidarity with all of you and we assure you that we stand by those who are jailed by arbitrary rule in Pakistan. It is a matter of time that you will stand up victorious. With best wishes from Sri Lanka.