We, the undersigned, express our grave concern that Pakistani human rights defenders are being threatened and intimidated for their stance in the ‘memogate’ case. We are also concerned at the danger this crisis poses to Pakistan’s democratic political process that had taken a step forward with the elections of 2008.
No elected civilian government in Pakistan has yet completed its tenure and handed over power to the next government following democratic elections. If the current government manages to do this, it will be a first step in an ongoing process that is essential to Pakistan’s peace, progress and prosperity in the long run.
Those under threat include former Ambassador of Pakistan to the US, Husain Haqqani, who returned to Pakistan and tendered his resignation in order to ensure a free and fair inquiry into the ‘memogate’ matter that he is accused of engineering.
The so-called ‘memogate’ affair revolves around a letter that Amb Haqqani is accused of sending to then US Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullen allegedly at the behest of Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari, seeking American help to prevent a military coup in Pakistan. Mansur Ijaz, an American businessman of Pakistani origin, delivered the note to former US National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones to pass on to Adml Mullen allegedly at Amb Haqqani’s behest. Amb Haqqani has denied writing any such memo at anyone’s behest or asking Ijaz to deliver it to anyone.
Amb Haqqani has been barred from leaving the country, which is a denial of his fundamental right as a free citizen of Pakistan. Under threat both by the ‘religious’ extremists and the security agencies, he is currently a virtual prisoner confined for his own safety to the Prime Minister’s residence.
Also facing threats is his lawyer, former Supreme Court Bar Association President, Asma Jahangir, who has termed the Supreme Court judgment of Dec 30, 2011 a “victory” for the security establishment that she alleges is behind the case.
Amb Haqqani’s wife, Farahnaz Ispahani, a Member of Pakistan’s Parliament, also threatened, is currently in the US where she had come for medical checkups. Columnist Marvi Sirmed, who has written fearlessly against the ‘religious’ extremists and in support of Amb Haqqani, has also been receiving threats, as has senior journalist Najam Sethi. Their families are also living under threat. This is the case with numerous other journalists and activists who face death threats for their outspoken views - and many have indeed been killed in the process. Some journalists have been forced to seek political asylum abroad. This is essentially the case with anyone in Pakistan who counters or challenges the narrative of the ideological security state.
Without going into merits of the case, obvious contradictions in the ‘evidence’, or political motivations behind it, it is evident that it is at the crux of a matter vital to Pakistan’s politics, that is, whether Pakistan is going to be run by a civilian elected government along the lines of a parliamentary democracy that ensures fundamental rights, or along the lines of a ideological narrative dictated by the security establishment that holds fundamental rights subservient to its interpretation of ‘national security’.
Too many people in Pakistan have fallen to the ideological monster unleashed by the establishment pursuing a narrow, ideological interpretation of ‘national security’. It is time for a fundamental paradigm shift in Pakistan’s politics, to allow the nation to fulfill its potential as a progressive, forward looking South Asian nation at peace with its neighbours and the world. We urge the Pakistan government, judiciary and security establishment to play their constitutional roles, cooperate with each other and focus on re-establishing the rule of law and in order to make this possible.
In the meantime, be aware that the world is watching to ensure that no harm comes to those who are taking a stand towards this end.
(Signatures that came in after this was sent to the media on Jan 5, 2012 are being added to the earlier list below, alphabetically)
1. A. Chhachhi, Sociologist, Netherlands2. A. Kamal, Economist, Pakistan3. Aazar Ayaz, Executive Director The Researchers, Islamabad4. Abbas Jaffery, It Profesional, Canada5. Abbas Syed, Secretary, South Asian Workers Alliance Canada, Toronto, Canada6. Abdul Ghafoor Chaudhry, Social Activist, Canada7. Abdul Hameed Nayyar, Physicist, Lahore8. Abdul Hamid Bashani Khan, Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public, Canada9. Abdullah Hussein, Novelist, Lahore10. Adnan Rehmat, Executive Director, Intermedia Pakistan, 11. Afsan Chowdhury , Research Associate. York Centre for Asian Research, York University Toronto. Canada , 12. Aftab Ahmad, Director Administration, Ibt, Bahrain Swat13. Afzal Tahir, Kashmir International Front/United Kashmir Journal, London, United Kingdom, 14. Ahmad Nadeem Gehla, Lawyers For Democracy, Lawyers15. Ahmad Rafay Alam, Lawyer16. Ajmal Jan, Student, United Kingdom17. Ali Arqam, Blogger, Social Activist, Peshawar18. Ali Kazmi, Student, Islamabad, Pakistan19. Ali Sethi, Writer, Lahore20. Ali Waqas, Ceo, Delton Solutions, Islamabad, Pakistan21. Ali Zeeshan Ijaz, Researcher22. Altaf Hussain Khichi, Chairman Of Al-Fateh Villages Developers Of Human Rights Organization (Afvdohro) Larkana Sindh, Larkana23. Altaf Hussain Khichi, Chairman: Al-Fateh Villages Developers Of Human Rights Organization, Larkana24. Amar Sindhu, Human Right Activist, Hyderabad, Sindh25. Ambassador Dr. Muhammad Shahid Amin Khan, World Chairman International Human Rights Commission, Islamabad26. Amina Samee Bari, Homemaker, Ireland27. Ammar Yasir, Marketing Head, Tea Break Networks, Karachi28. Ammara Durrani, Citizen of Democratic Republic of Pakistan29. Amna Buttar, Synergy International, Lahore, Pakistan30. Amna Qureshi, Concerned Citizen, Pakistan31. Anita G. Aquino, SPMUDA Global, Bahrain32. Anita Poshni, Social Worker, Karachi33. Annie Syedah, Student, United States34. Anthony Permal, Senior Markeing Manager - Oil & Gas, Defence, Dubai, UAE35. Anushka Jatoi, Student, Karachi36. Arfana Mallah, Human Right Activist, Hyderabad, Sindh37. Arif Hasan, Architect/Planner, Chairperson Urban Resource Centre, Karachi38. Arshad Khalil, Director Admin & Finance , Peshawar Pukhtonkhwa39. Arshad Mahmood, Human Rights Activist, Islamabad, Pakistan40. Arshed Bhatti, Civil Junction, Islamabad41. Asad Qamar, Md42. Asad Ullah Jan, Citizen, Peshawar Pakistan43. Asghar Mayo, Lawyer, Lahore44. Asif Khan, Earth Day Network, Washington DC45. Attaullah Beg, NCHD, Hunza46. Ayaz Samo, Social Activist, Hyderabad47. Ayesha Humayun Khan, Citizen of Pakistan,, Dubai48. Ayesha Jalal, historian, Boston/Lahore49. Ayesha Siddiqa, Political Scientist, Pakistan50. Ayyaz, Analyst51. Azeem Niazi, M.D.52. Azhar Hmed, Citzen53. Aziz Narejo, Editor, United States54. Badri Raina, Columnist, Delhi, India55. Beena Sarwar, journalist56. Celine Ramsey, Citizen, Italy57. Cidreira Solange, IFE France (European Feminist Initiative, France)58. Dervaish Khan, Student59. Dr Abdullah Qureshi, Medical Doctor, Verona,Italy60. Dr Arif Azad, Development Consultant, Islamabad 61. Dr Haseeb Ahmad, Medical Doctor, Jeddah Saudi Arabia62. Dr Khalid Pervaiz Sulehri, President, International Human Rights Observ Er(Ihro), Islamabad63. Dr Pritam Singh DPhil, Reader in Economics, Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University, UK64. Dr Sajid Mehmood, Physician And Ceo, United States65. Dr Shafiq Ahmad , Peace And Solidarity Council , Greece 66. Dr Waseem Sarwar Malghani, Consultant Gastroenterologist/ Medicare Hospital, Multan67. Dr. Ijaz Khan, Professor of International relations, University of Peshawar68. Dr. Ilmana Fasih, physician, health activist, blogger, Canada69. Dr. Mazhar Ali Bari, CEO of Solarprint/Physicist, Ireland70. Dr. Mohammad Taqi, Physician & Columnist71. Dr. Osama Siddique, Law Professor, Pakistan72. Dr. Sandra H. Tarlin, Poet, Usa73. Dr. Taimur Rahman, Assistant Professor Lums, Lahore, Pakistan74. Engineer Jameel Ahmad Malik, Central Chairman, Communist Party Of Pakistan (Cpp), Attock Cantt.75. Faisal Khosa, Harvard Medical School & Emory University, Usa76. Faisal Mahmood, Officer in National Bank, Malir77. Fakhar Ul-Islam, Project Manager, United Kingdom78. Faraz Sheikh, social activist, Lahore79. Faris Shirjeel, Student, Rawalpindi80. Farooq Sulehria, Student, London81. Farooq Tariq, spokesperson Labour Party Pakistan, Lahore82. Farrukh Azfar, Physicist: University Of Oxford, Oxford, Uk83. Farrukh Hashmi, DOGANA, USA84. Fauzia Viqar, Shirkat Gah, Lahore85. Fauzia Wali-Khan, Md- Appna86. Fauzia Yazdani, Policy Advisor, Islamabad87. Fayaz Ahmad, Historian, Peshawar88. Fazil Jamili, Poet, Journalist89. Fouzia Saeed, human rights activist90. Francisco D'Sa, Activist, Toronto91. Geet Chainani, Doctor, Karachi92. Ghazala Akbar, Concerned Citizen93. Ghazala Kazi, Appjd, Washington Dc94. Ghazi Salahuddin, journalist and columnist, Karachi95. Ghulam Hussain Soomro, Law Student, Pakistan96. Githa Hariharan, Writer97. Gulab Khan, Student98. Hakim Zadi, Social Activist, Johi, Dadu Sindh99. Hamad Ur Rehman, CEO/ a human and social rights activist., Lyallpur.100. Hameeda Hossain, Chairperson Ask, Bangladesh101. Harbans Mukhia, Former Rector, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi102. Haris Gazdar, researcher103. Harry Pasha, Director, AZCom, USA104. Harsh Kapoor, South Asia Citizens Web (sacw.net)105. Hilda Saeed, Women's rights activist, Pakistan106. Hilde Jacobs, Pensioner and book writer , Germany107. Hissan Hasan Haqqani, Pakistani Citizen, Pakistan108. Huguette Chomski Magnis, Human Rights Activist, France 109. Huguette Chomski Magnis, Secretary General Of Mouvement Pour La Paix Et Contre Le Terrorisme, Member Of International Alliance Against Terrorism110. I.A. Rehman, senior journalist, Director HRCP111. Ibrahim Sajid Malick, Technologist, New York112. Ibrash Pasha, Pakistan Peace And Solidarity Council, Pukhtunkhwa113. Imran Munir, Instructor/Simon Fraser University, Vancouver,Bc, Canada114. Imtiaz Ali, Gemoglogist, Kpk,Pakistan,Nowshera115. Iqbal Alavi, social activist116. Iqbal Warsi, Concerned Citizen, Karachi, Pakistan117. Irfan Mufti, South Asia Partnership Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan118. Islam Uddin, Art Activist, Khairpur119. Jami Chandio, Executive Director Centre For Peace And Civil Society & Editor Quarterly Journal ‘Freedom120. Jatin Desai, Journalist, India121. Javed Anand, Muslims for Secular Democracy, India122. Jehan Ara, Blogger & Activist, Karachi123. Kamran Rehmat, Editor, Islamabad124. Kamran Shafi, Columnist, 125. Kamyla Marvi, Citizen, Karachi126. Kanak Mani Dixit, Editor, Himal Southasian, Kathmandu127. Karamat Ali, Labour Rights and Peace activist128. Kausar S Khan, WAF Karachi, 129. Khadija Ali, Lawyer & Human Rights Activist, 130. Khadim Hussain, Bktef, Peshawar131. Khalid Iqbal, Development Consultant, Islamabad132. Khawar Mumtaz, Shirkat Gah. Pakistan, 133. Khurram Islam Khan, Young’S Association Sr. Member , Rawalpindi134. Khurram Khalid, Director Herbion Canada, Toronto135. Khushi Kabir, Human Rights Activist, Dhaka, Bangladesh136. Kiran Nazish, Journalist, Activist, Lahore, 137. Krishna Lal, Counselor, Hyderabad138. Latif Afridi, Vice chairman, Pakistan Bar Council, Peshawar139. Mahmood Qalbani, Saint Louis University, United States140. Mahvish Inayat, Student, London141. Malala Yousafzai, Student, Pakistan142. Maliha Husain, Program Director, Mehergarh, Islamabad143. Malik Imtiaz Ali, Hr.Activest, Kpk,Nowshera,Mohib Banda144. Malik Omaid, Concerned Citizens, Lahore145. Malik Rashid, Taxi Driver, 146. Mamtaz Hussain Gohar, Journalist/Researcher, Gilgit Pakistan147. Manisha Gupte, Social Activist, India148. Manizeh Rajak, Home Maker, India 149. Manzar Ul Haque, Consultant Surgeon,Rae Infirmary, Standish,Manchester,Uk150. Maria Khan, Student, Johns Hopkins University151. Marieme Helie Lucas, Algerian sociologist , founder of Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML)152. Marium Soomro, Student, New Jersey, Usa153. Max Babri, Concerned Citizen, Lahore154. Mazhar Arif, Executive Director, Society for Alternative Media and Research (SAMAR), Islamabad155. Meera Ghani, Environmental and Peace Activist, Belgium156. Mehmal Sarfraz, Journalist, Lahore157. Mehr Alwy, Finance Manager, UK158. Mehre , House Hold, United States159. Michael Renner,, Researcher, U.S. / Germany160. Mohammad Zia-ur-Rehman, Chief Executive AWAZ CDS-Pakistan161. Mohsin Sayeed, Journalist, Karachi162. Momin Khan Momin, Chief Editor,Aahang Radio Pakistan, Karachi163. Momin Khan Momin, Eaditor Aahang Radio Pakistan , Karachi164. Moniza Inam, journalist, Dawn, Karachi165. Moolchand Kolhi, Student, Pakistan166. Muhammad Amjad, Struggle, Glasgow Uk167. Muhammad Haider Imtiaz, Lawyer, Rawalpindi, Pakistan168. Muhammad Idris Khattak, Researcher OSI, Pakistan169. Muhammad Rome, Director Pukhtoonkhwa Arts And Culture Project, Activist, Islamabad170. Muhammad Younis, E/Vice President Al Maryam Development Trust and Member of HRCP, UK Bradford171. Muhammad Zaeem, President Scholars Forum Ppp, Oklahoma University,Ok172. Muhammad Zubair, Assistant Professor, USA173. Mujib Mashal, Journalist174. Mukesh Meghwar, Mehergarh (Volunteer Coordinator), Hyderabad175. Mukul Dube Delhi Writer, editor, photographer176. Mukul Mangalik, Associate Professor Of History, Ramjas College, University Of Delhi177. Munawar Ali Bhatti, Urban Services , Lahore178. Murad Pandrani, District Coordinator Hrcp, District Shahdadkot, Shahdadkot, Sindh, Pakistan179. Murtaza Razvi, journalist, Pakistan180. Musarrat Hasan, Mpa Punjab Assembly, Lahore181. Muzaffar Ahmad, Farmer, Lahore182. N. D. Pancholi, Secretary, Indian Renaissance Institute, Ghaziabad (UP), India183. Nadeem Yousafi, Businessman, Peshawar, Pakistan.184. Naeem Ul Haq, Student, Shangla Swat185. Nafees A. Bazmi, Editor Inqilab (Jang Group), Lahore186. Nandita Das, Citizen, Actor.Director, India187. Narjis Ahmed Khan, Coordinator,Aasha, Legal Aid Centre Karachi, Karachi188. Naushad Shafkat, Lawyer, Karachi189. Naveen Naqvi, Exec Dir Gawaahi, Karachi190. Naveen Qayyum, Staff Writer At The World Council Of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland191. Nawabzada Hashim Ali Khan, Pakistani, Islamabad192. Naziha Syed Ali, journalist193. Nazish Brohi, Independent, Researcher194. Noman Quadri, Student195. Noorjehan Bilgrami, Artsist, Karachi196. Nuzhat Kidvai, WAF, Karachi197. Omar Ali, Asiapeace, United States198. Omar Rana, Citizen, Pakistan199. Pervez Hoodbhoy, Physicist200. Qurratulain Zaman, Media Consultant, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 201. Rafia Zakaria, Columnist Dawn202. Raheem Bari, Student, Ireland203. Ram Puniyani, All India Secular Forum, Mumbai204. Ramzan Chandio, The Nation\Staff Reporter , Karachi Pakistan205. Ravi Hemadri, Peace Activist, New Delhi206. Ravi, Wadhwani, Earth, S.S.207. Raza Rumi, Writer, 208. Rehan Hussain, Student, Uk209. Rizwan Ahmad, Activist, Blogger, Sydney210. Rizwan Razvi, COO, Young Moajid (Pvt) Ltd., Karachi211. Rohini Hensman, writer and activist212. Rohit Kumar, India Against Corruption, Jodhpur Rajasthan India213. Rumana Husain, Jaal / NuktaArt, Karachi214. S. Abbas Raza, Editor, 3QuarksDaily.com215. S. M. Naseem, economist216. Saadia Toor, Professor, City University Of New York, New York City217. Saba Hamid, Actor, Pakistan, 218. Saba Quraishi, activist, United States219. Sabahat Ashraf ("iFaqeer"), Communcator. Citizen. Fakir., Silicon Valley, California220. Sadaf Ahmad, Assistant Professor-Anthropology, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)221. Sadia Baloch, Human Rights Commission Of Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan222. Sadiqa Salahuddin, educationist, Indus Resource Centre, Pakistan223. Saeed Ahmad Chaudhry, Retired Engineer , Islamabad, Pak.224. Saeed Hamid, Democratic Party225. Saeed Hamid, Psychiatrist, Usa226. Saleha Haque, Student, University of Salford, UK227. Salman Naqvi, Citizen, 228. Sami Ullah Baig, Auditor Deloitte Pakistan, Islamabad229. Samina Zafar, Artist, Geneva230. Sana Saleem , Activist, Blogger, Karachi231. Sarah Suhail, Lawyer, 232. Sardar Javed, Businessman (Sardar Brothers Sprl), Belgium233. Sarmad Nafees, Bba Student, Lahore, Pakistan234. Sarwat Malik Md, Physician, Human & Gender Rights Activist, Usa235. Seema Jaffer, Citizen, Pakistan, 236. Sehba Sarwar, Writer, 237. Shafqaat Haider, ACCA, USA238. Shagufta Naaz, Editor, Karachi239. Shaheryar Azhar, Moderator, The Forum, Abu Dhabi240. Shahid Latif, Md, Radiation Oncologist, Phoenix Az241. Shahla Haeri, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Boston University242. Shahnawaz, Student, Karachi243. Shahrukh Ghazali, Student, Berkeley, Ca. Usa244. Shahvaar Ali Khan, Musician, Songwrite-Singer, Writer, Adman, Peacenik245. Shahzad A Shaikh, Director Bokhara Palace Ltd, Karachi246. Shahzad Ahmad, Country Coordinator, Bytes For All, Pakistan247. Shama Noman, Educationist, 248. Shandana Mohmand, Political Scientist, UK, 249. Shaukat Khan, Engineer, Canada250. Shayan Afzal Khan, Citizen and activist, Pakistan251. Shayan Malik, Student, Lahore252. Shoaib Mir, Amnesty International "Prisoner Of Conscience-1984", Lahore253. Siddharth Nayak, Managing Director , The Jurists ; President : All India Law Students Association, New Delhi254. Soad, IFE France (European Feminist Initiative, France)255. Soulat Pasha, director Titan Energy, Karachi256. Stephanie Rudat, Social Entrepreneur/Activist, United States Of America257. Suhailkhan Khan, None Free Lance, Usa258. Suleman Khan Kakar, Human Rights Activist, Islamabad, Pakistan259. Sunil K. Vaidya, Oman Bureau Chief Gulf News, Muscat260. Susan Marie, Susan Marie Public Relations, New York, USA, 261. Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi, Pakistan Youth Alliance/Founder, Islamabad, Pakistan262. Syed Ali, Retired Industrialist263. Syed Hussein El-Edroos, Business Development & Training Manager, Islamabad264. Syed Jaffer, Concerned Citizen265. Syed N Abbas, Acca, Pakistan266. Syed Nadir El-Edroos, Teacher,, London267. Tahera Ahmad, Physician, Germany268. Tahir Rohail Md, Assistant Professor Medicine, Loyola Strich School Of Medicine . Maywood Il Usa269. Tahir Rohail Md, Assistant Professor Of Medicine, Loyola Strich School Of Medicine, Maywood Il Usa, Usa270. Tahir Saeed, Senior clinical psychologist, Ireland271. Taimur Rahman, Musician (LAAL) and College Professor272. Taj Hashmi, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville,Tennessee273. Talal Naeem, Student, Netherlands274. Tapan Bose, Documentary filmmaker and human rights defender275. Tarek Fatah, Muslim Canadian Congress, Toronto, Canada276. Tariq Rahman, Bnu , Lahore277. Tausif Kamal, Attorney At Law, Houston, Usa278. Tayyab Tariq, Stanford University, California, Usa279. Tazeen , Project Director, Intermedia, 280. Umair Khan, Student, Usa281. Umar Farooq, Businessman/Social Activist, Canada282. Veerji Kolhi, Coordinator, Hyderabad,Sindh283. Waqas Ali, CRSD, Peshawar284. Waqas, Student, Karachi285. Wasim Saqib, Citizen, Pakistan286. Yameema Mitha, educationist, Islamabad/Dublin/Cambridge287. Yasir Cheema, National University Of Singapore288. Yasser Latif Hamdani, Lawyer289. Yasser Noman, citizen, Pakistan290. Zafar Qazi, Cair291. Zafar Karimi, Journalist , Karachi292. Zafar Mirza, International Civil Servant, Geneva293. Zahid Ali Messo, Bhandar Sangat, Hyderabad294. Zahid Imran, MD, APPJD, USA295. Zain Alavi, Retired Businessman, Karachi296. Zainab Abdullah, Lawyer, United States297. Zainab Raza, Development Practitioner, Karachi298. Zakir Hussain, International Marxist Tendency , Manchester (Uk)299. Zeeba T. Hashmi, Citizen, Lahore300. Zeeshan Suhail, International Development Consultant, Islamabad301. Zofeen T. Ebrahim, Journalist, Karachi, Pakistan302. Zohra Yusuf, human rights activist303. Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Higher Education Department GoKPK, Peshawar304. Zulfiqar Shah, The Institute for Social Movements, Hyderabad, Pakistan.
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