Citizens and friends of Pakistan express concern for Pakistan democratic process, safety of human rights defenders; urge steps to ensure rule of law
Citizens' statement of concern about Pakistan, safety of human rights defenders; released to the media on Jan 5, 2012. Additional endorsements still coming in are being updated in the list below.

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, Netherlands
2. A. Kamal, Economist, Pakistan
3. Aazar Ayaz, Executive Director The Researchers, Islamabad
4. Abbas Jaffery, It Profesional, Canada
5. Abbas Syed, Secretary, South Asian Workers Alliance Canada, Toronto, Canada
6. Abdul Ghafoor Chaudhry, Social Activist, Canada
7. Abdul Hameed Nayyar, Physicist, Lahore
8. Abdul Hamid Bashani Khan, Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public, Canada
9. Abdullah Hussein, Novelist, Lahore
10. 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 Swat
13. Afzal Tahir, Kashmir International Front/United Kashmir Journal, London, United Kingdom,
14. Ahmad Nadeem Gehla, Lawyers For Democracy, Lawyers
15. Ahmad Rafay Alam, Lawyer
16. Ajmal Jan, Student, United Kingdom
17. Ali Arqam, Blogger, Social Activist, Peshawar
18. Ali Kazmi, Student, Islamabad, Pakistan
19. Ali Sethi, Writer, Lahore
20. Ali Waqas, Ceo, Delton Solutions, Islamabad, Pakistan
21. Ali Zeeshan Ijaz, Researcher
22. Altaf Hussain Khichi, Chairman Of Al-Fateh Villages Developers Of Human Rights Organization (Afvdohro) Larkana Sindh, Larkana
23. Altaf Hussain Khichi, Chairman: Al-Fateh Villages Developers Of Human Rights Organization, Larkana
24. Amar Sindhu, Human Right Activist, Hyderabad, Sindh
25. Ambassador Dr. Muhammad Shahid Amin Khan, World Chairman International Human Rights Commission, Islamabad
26. Amina Samee Bari, Homemaker, Ireland
27. Ammar Yasir, Marketing Head, Tea Break Networks, Karachi
28. Ammara Durrani, Citizen of Democratic Republic of Pakistan
29. Amna Buttar, Synergy International, Lahore, Pakistan
30. Amna Qureshi, Concerned Citizen, Pakistan
31. Anita G. Aquino, SPMUDA Global, Bahrain
32. Anita Poshni, Social Worker, Karachi
33. Annie Syedah, Student, United States
34. Anthony Permal, Senior Markeing Manager - Oil & Gas, Defence, Dubai, UAE
35. Anushka Jatoi, Student, Karachi
36. Arfana Mallah, Human Right Activist, Hyderabad, Sindh
37. Arif Hasan, Architect/Planner, Chairperson Urban Resource Centre, Karachi
38. Arshad Khalil, Director  Admin & Finance , Peshawar Pukhtonkhwa
39. Arshad Mahmood, Human Rights Activist, Islamabad, Pakistan
40. Arshed Bhatti, Civil Junction, Islamabad
41. Asad Qamar, Md
42. Asad Ullah Jan, Citizen, Peshawar Pakistan
43. Asghar Mayo, Lawyer, Lahore
44. Asif Khan, Earth Day Network, Washington DC
45. Attaullah Beg, NCHD, Hunza
46. Ayaz Samo, Social Activist, Hyderabad
47. Ayesha Humayun Khan, Citizen of Pakistan,, Dubai
48. Ayesha Jalal, historian, Boston/Lahore
49. Ayesha Siddiqa, Political Scientist, Pakistan
50. Ayyaz, Analyst
51. Azeem Niazi, M.D.
52. Azhar Hmed, Citzen
53. Aziz Narejo, Editor, United States
54. Badri Raina, Columnist, Delhi, India
55. Beena Sarwar, journalist
56. Celine Ramsey, Citizen, Italy
57. Cidreira Solange, IFE France (European Feminist Initiative, France)
58. Dervaish Khan, Student
59. Dr Abdullah Qureshi, Medical Doctor, Verona,Italy
60. Dr Arif Azad, Development Consultant, Islamabad
61. Dr Haseeb Ahmad, Medical Doctor, Jeddah Saudi Arabia
62. Dr Khalid Pervaiz Sulehri, President, International Human Rights Observ Er(Ihro), Islamabad
63. Dr Pritam Singh DPhil, Reader in Economics, Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University, UK
64. Dr Sajid Mehmood, Physician And Ceo, United States
65. Dr Shafiq Ahmad , Peace And Solidarity Council , Greece
66. Dr Waseem Sarwar Malghani, Consultant Gastroenterologist/ Medicare Hospital, Multan
67. Dr. Ijaz Khan, Professor of International relations, University of Peshawar
68. Dr. Ilmana Fasih, physician, health activist, blogger, Canada
69. Dr. Mazhar Ali Bari, CEO of Solarprint/Physicist, Ireland
70. Dr. Mohammad Taqi, Physician & Columnist
71. Dr. Osama Siddique, Law Professor, Pakistan
72. Dr. Sandra H. Tarlin, Poet, Usa
73. Dr. Taimur Rahman, Assistant Professor Lums, Lahore, Pakistan
74. Engineer Jameel Ahmad Malik, Central Chairman, Communist Party Of Pakistan (Cpp), Attock Cantt.
75. Faisal Khosa, Harvard Medical School & Emory University, Usa
76. Faisal Mahmood, Officer in National Bank, Malir
77. Fakhar Ul-Islam, Project Manager, United Kingdom
78. Faraz Sheikh, social activist, Lahore
79. Faris Shirjeel, Student, Rawalpindi
80. Farooq Sulehria, Student, London
81. Farooq Tariq, spokesperson Labour Party Pakistan, Lahore
82. Farrukh Azfar, Physicist: University Of Oxford, Oxford, Uk
83. Farrukh Hashmi, DOGANA, USA
84. Fauzia Viqar, Shirkat Gah, Lahore
85. Fauzia Wali-Khan, Md- Appna
86. Fauzia Yazdani, Policy Advisor, Islamabad
87. Fayaz Ahmad, Historian, Peshawar
88. Fazil Jamili, Poet, Journalist
89. Fouzia Saeed, human rights activist
90. Francisco D'Sa, Activist, Toronto
91. Geet Chainani, Doctor, Karachi
92. Ghazala Akbar, Concerned Citizen
93. Ghazala Kazi, Appjd, Washington Dc
94. Ghazi Salahuddin, journalist and columnist, Karachi
95. Ghulam Hussain Soomro, Law Student, Pakistan
96. Githa Hariharan, Writer
97. Gulab Khan, Student
98. Hakim Zadi, Social Activist, Johi, Dadu Sindh
99. Hamad Ur Rehman, CEO/ a human and social rights activist., Lyallpur.
100. Hameeda Hossain, Chairperson Ask, Bangladesh
101. Harbans Mukhia, Former Rector, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
102. Haris Gazdar, researcher
103. Harry Pasha, Director, AZCom, USA
104. Harsh Kapoor, South Asia Citizens Web (
105. Hilda Saeed, Women's rights activist, Pakistan
106. Hilde Jacobs, Pensioner and book writer , Germany
107. Hissan Hasan Haqqani, Pakistani Citizen, Pakistan
108. 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 Terrorism
110. I.A. Rehman, senior journalist, Director HRCP
111. Ibrahim Sajid Malick, Technologist, New York
112. Ibrash Pasha, Pakistan Peace And Solidarity Council, Pukhtunkhwa
113. Imran Munir, Instructor/Simon Fraser University, Vancouver,Bc, Canada
114. Imtiaz Ali, Gemoglogist, Kpk,Pakistan,Nowshera
115. Iqbal Alavi, social activist
116. Iqbal Warsi, Concerned Citizen, Karachi, Pakistan
117. Irfan Mufti, South Asia Partnership Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan
118. Islam Uddin, Art Activist, Khairpur
119. Jami Chandio, Executive Director Centre For Peace And Civil Society & Editor Quarterly Journal ‘Freedom
120. Jatin Desai, Journalist, India
121. Javed Anand, Muslims for Secular Democracy, India
122. Jehan Ara, Blogger & Activist, Karachi
123. Kamran Rehmat, Editor, Islamabad
124. Kamran Shafi, Columnist,
125. Kamyla Marvi, Citizen, Karachi
126. Kanak Mani Dixit, Editor, Himal Southasian, Kathmandu
127. Karamat Ali, Labour Rights and Peace activist
128. Kausar S Khan, WAF Karachi,
129. Khadija Ali, Lawyer & Human Rights Activist,
130. Khadim Hussain, Bktef, Peshawar
131. Khalid Iqbal, Development Consultant, Islamabad
132. Khawar Mumtaz, Shirkat Gah. Pakistan,
133. Khurram Islam Khan, Young’S Association Sr. Member , Rawalpindi
134. Khurram Khalid, Director Herbion Canada, Toronto
135. Khushi Kabir, Human Rights Activist, Dhaka, Bangladesh
136. Kiran Nazish, Journalist, Activist, Lahore,
137. Krishna Lal, Counselor, Hyderabad
138. Latif Afridi, Vice chairman, Pakistan Bar Council, Peshawar
139. Mahmood Qalbani, Saint Louis University, United States
140. Mahvish Inayat, Student, London
141. Malala Yousafzai, Student, Pakistan
142. Maliha Husain, Program Director, Mehergarh, Islamabad
143. Malik Imtiaz Ali, Hr.Activest, Kpk,Nowshera,Mohib Banda
144. Malik Omaid, Concerned Citizens, Lahore
145. Malik Rashid, Taxi Driver,
146. Mamtaz Hussain Gohar, Journalist/Researcher, Gilgit Pakistan
147. Manisha Gupte, Social Activist, India
148. Manizeh Rajak, Home Maker, India
149. Manzar Ul Haque, Consultant Surgeon,Rae Infirmary, Standish,Manchester,Uk
150. Maria Khan, Student, Johns Hopkins University
151. Marieme Helie Lucas, Algerian sociologist , founder of Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML)
152. Marium Soomro, Student, New Jersey, Usa
153. Max Babri, Concerned Citizen, Lahore
154. Mazhar Arif, Executive Director, Society for Alternative Media and Research (SAMAR), Islamabad
155. Meera Ghani, Environmental and Peace Activist, Belgium
156. Mehmal Sarfraz, Journalist, Lahore
157. Mehr Alwy, Finance Manager, UK
158. Mehre , House Hold, United States
159. Michael Renner,, Researcher, U.S. / Germany
160. Mohammad Zia-ur-Rehman, Chief Executive AWAZ CDS-Pakistan
161. Mohsin Sayeed, Journalist, Karachi
162. Momin Khan Momin, Chief Editor,Aahang Radio Pakistan, Karachi
163. Momin Khan Momin, Eaditor Aahang Radio Pakistan , Karachi
164. Moniza Inam, journalist, Dawn, Karachi
165. Moolchand Kolhi, Student, Pakistan
166. Muhammad Amjad, Struggle, Glasgow Uk
167. Muhammad Haider Imtiaz, Lawyer, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
168. Muhammad Idris Khattak, Researcher OSI, Pakistan
169. Muhammad Rome, Director Pukhtoonkhwa Arts And Culture Project, Activist, Islamabad
170. Muhammad Younis, E/Vice President Al Maryam Development Trust and Member of HRCP, UK Bradford
171. Muhammad Zaeem, President Scholars Forum Ppp, Oklahoma University,Ok
172. Muhammad Zubair, Assistant Professor, USA
173. Mujib Mashal, Journalist
174. Mukesh Meghwar, Mehergarh (Volunteer Coordinator), Hyderabad
175. Mukul Dube      Delhi   Writer, editor, photographer
176. Mukul Mangalik, Associate Professor Of History, Ramjas College, University Of Delhi
177. Munawar Ali Bhatti, Urban Services , Lahore
178. Murad Pandrani, District Coordinator Hrcp, District Shahdadkot, Shahdadkot, Sindh, Pakistan
179. Murtaza Razvi, journalist, Pakistan
180. Musarrat Hasan, Mpa Punjab Assembly, Lahore
181. Muzaffar Ahmad, Farmer, Lahore
182. N. D. Pancholi, Secretary, Indian Renaissance Institute, Ghaziabad (UP), India
183. Nadeem Yousafi, Businessman, Peshawar, Pakistan.
184. Naeem Ul Haq, Student, Shangla Swat
185. Nafees A. Bazmi, Editor Inqilab (Jang Group), Lahore
186. Nandita Das, Citizen, Actor.Director, India
187. Narjis Ahmed Khan, Coordinator,Aasha, Legal Aid Centre Karachi, Karachi
188. Naushad Shafkat, Lawyer, Karachi
189. Naveen Naqvi, Exec Dir Gawaahi, Karachi
190. Naveen Qayyum, Staff Writer At The World Council Of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland
191. Nawabzada Hashim Ali Khan, Pakistani, Islamabad
192. Naziha Syed Ali, journalist
193. Nazish Brohi, Independent, Researcher
194. Noman Quadri, Student
195. Noorjehan Bilgrami, Artsist, Karachi
196. Nuzhat Kidvai, WAF, Karachi
197. Omar Ali, Asiapeace, United States
198. Omar Rana, Citizen, Pakistan
199. Pervez Hoodbhoy, Physicist
200. Qurratulain Zaman, Media Consultant, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung,
201. Rafia Zakaria, Columnist Dawn
202. Raheem Bari, Student, Ireland
203. Ram Puniyani, All India Secular Forum, Mumbai
204. Ramzan Chandio, The Nation\Staff Reporter , Karachi Pakistan
205. Ravi Hemadri, Peace Activist, New Delhi
206. Ravi, Wadhwani, Earth, S.S.
207. Raza Rumi, Writer,
208. Rehan Hussain, Student, Uk
209. Rizwan Ahmad, Activist, Blogger, Sydney
210. Rizwan Razvi, COO, Young Moajid (Pvt) Ltd., Karachi
211. Rohini Hensman, writer and activist
212. Rohit Kumar, India Against Corruption, Jodhpur Rajasthan India
213. Rumana Husain, Jaal / NuktaArt, Karachi
214. S. Abbas Raza, Editor,
215. S. M. Naseem, economist
216. Saadia Toor, Professor, City University Of New York, New York City
217. Saba Hamid, Actor, Pakistan,
218. Saba Quraishi, activist, United States
219. Sabahat Ashraf ("iFaqeer"), Communcator. Citizen. Fakir., Silicon Valley, California
220. 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, Pakistan
222. Sadiqa Salahuddin, educationist, Indus Resource Centre, Pakistan
223. Saeed Ahmad Chaudhry, Retired Engineer , Islamabad, Pak.
224. Saeed Hamid, Democratic Party
225. Saeed Hamid, Psychiatrist, Usa
226. Saleha Haque, Student, University of Salford, UK
227. Salman Naqvi, Citizen,
228. Sami Ullah Baig, Auditor Deloitte Pakistan, Islamabad
229. Samina Zafar, Artist, Geneva
230. Sana Saleem , Activist, Blogger, Karachi
231. Sarah Suhail, Lawyer,
232. Sardar Javed, Businessman (Sardar Brothers Sprl), Belgium
233. Sarmad Nafees, Bba Student, Lahore, Pakistan
234. Sarwat Malik Md, Physician, Human & Gender Rights Activist, Usa
235. Seema Jaffer, Citizen, Pakistan,
236. Sehba Sarwar, Writer,
237. Shafqaat Haider, ACCA, USA
238. Shagufta Naaz, Editor, Karachi
239. Shaheryar Azhar, Moderator, The Forum, Abu Dhabi
240. Shahid Latif, Md, Radiation Oncologist, Phoenix Az
241. Shahla Haeri, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Boston University
242. Shahnawaz, Student, Karachi
243. Shahrukh Ghazali, Student, Berkeley, Ca. Usa
244. Shahvaar Ali Khan, Musician, Songwrite-Singer, Writer, Adman, Peacenik
245. Shahzad A Shaikh, Director Bokhara Palace Ltd, Karachi
246. Shahzad Ahmad, Country Coordinator, Bytes For All, Pakistan
247. Shama Noman, Educationist,
248. Shandana Mohmand, Political Scientist, UK,
249. Shaukat Khan, Engineer, Canada
250. Shayan Afzal Khan, Citizen and activist, Pakistan
251. Shayan Malik, Student, Lahore
252. Shoaib Mir, Amnesty International "Prisoner Of Conscience-1984", Lahore
253. Siddharth Nayak, Managing Director , The Jurists ; President : All India Law Students Association, New Delhi
254. Soad, IFE France (European Feminist Initiative, France)
255. Soulat Pasha, director Titan Energy, Karachi
256. Stephanie Rudat, Social Entrepreneur/Activist, United States Of America
257. Suhailkhan Khan, None Free Lance, Usa
258. Suleman Khan Kakar, Human Rights Activist, Islamabad, Pakistan
259. Sunil K. Vaidya, Oman Bureau Chief Gulf News, Muscat
260. Susan Marie, Susan Marie Public Relations, New York, USA,
261. Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi, Pakistan Youth Alliance/Founder, Islamabad, Pakistan
262. Syed Ali, Retired Industrialist
263. Syed Hussein El-Edroos, Business Development & Training Manager, Islamabad
264. Syed Jaffer, Concerned Citizen
265. Syed N Abbas, Acca, Pakistan
266. Syed Nadir El-Edroos, Teacher,, London
267. Tahera Ahmad, Physician, Germany
268. Tahir Rohail Md, Assistant Professor Medicine, Loyola Strich School Of Medicine . Maywood Il Usa
269. Tahir Rohail Md, Assistant Professor Of Medicine, Loyola Strich School Of Medicine, Maywood Il Usa, Usa
270. Tahir Saeed, Senior clinical psychologist, Ireland
271. Taimur Rahman, Musician (LAAL) and College Professor
272. Taj Hashmi, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville,Tennessee
273. Talal Naeem, Student, Netherlands
274. Tapan Bose, Documentary filmmaker and human rights defender
275. Tarek Fatah, Muslim Canadian Congress, Toronto, Canada
276. Tariq Rahman, Bnu , Lahore
277. Tausif Kamal, Attorney At Law, Houston, Usa
278. Tayyab Tariq, Stanford University, California, Usa
279. Tazeen , Project Director, Intermedia,
280. Umair Khan, Student, Usa
281. Umar Farooq, Businessman/Social Activist, Canada
282. Veerji Kolhi, Coordinator, Hyderabad,Sindh
283. Waqas  Ali, CRSD, Peshawar
284. Waqas, Student, Karachi
285. Wasim Saqib, Citizen, Pakistan
286. Yameema Mitha, educationist, Islamabad/Dublin/Cambridge
287. Yasir Cheema, National University Of Singapore
288. Yasser Latif Hamdani, Lawyer
289. Yasser Noman, citizen, Pakistan
290. Zafar  Qazi, Cair
291. Zafar Karimi, Journalist , Karachi
292. Zafar Mirza, International Civil Servant, Geneva
293. Zahid Ali Messo, Bhandar Sangat, Hyderabad
294. Zahid Imran, MD, APPJD, USA
295. Zain Alavi, Retired Businessman, Karachi
296. Zainab Abdullah, Lawyer, United States
297. Zainab Raza, Development Practitioner, Karachi
298. Zakir Hussain, International Marxist Tendency  , Manchester (Uk)
299. Zeeba T. Hashmi, Citizen, Lahore
300. Zeeshan Suhail, International Development Consultant, Islamabad
301. Zofeen T. Ebrahim, Journalist, Karachi, Pakistan
302. Zohra Yusuf, human rights activist
303. Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Higher Education Department GoKPK, Peshawar
304. Zulfiqar Shah, The Institute for Social Movements, Hyderabad, Pakistan.

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