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We condemn threats to Asma Jahangir’s life

dartay hain bandooqon walay aik nihatti larki say

Assassination plot against Asma Jahangir exposed

Not unlike millions of peace loving, progressive Pakistanis, LUBP editors and team members are concerned over threat to senior human rights activist Asma Jahangir’s life. In Kashif Abbas’s TV program today (Off the Record – ARY TV), Asma Jahangir detailed a plot by the military to assassinate her. Apparently, in view of Asma’s detailed revelations, Kashif took a break, but the show ended.

However, later on Geo TV’s Aapas Ki Baat, Asma did manage to speak to Najam Sethi about the plan by Pakistan army (ISI in particular) to assassinate her. In that show, she clearly stated that senior level army generals were planning to kill her.

Apparently, those with guns are afraid of an unarmed woman!

In Habib Jalib’s words: dartay hain bandooqan walay aik nihatti larki say (men with guns are afraid of an unarmed woman)

Jalib said these words about Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and even today it rings true for anyone who comes on the wrong side of the military establishment.  Which is not to say that anyone or everyone matchs up to Benazir.  For her anti-resistance stance, she sacrficed far more than the upper-middle class urbanites – many of whom mocked, jeered and abandoned her during her (Benazir’s) life time.

Today the threats are against prominent lawyer and human rights activist, Asma Jehangir.  Benazir Bhutto, Shahbaz Bhatti, Salmaan Taseer, Murtaza Bhutto, and thousands of unnamed Balochs, Shias, Pashtuns and other citizens of Pakistan have been killed by a ruthless Deep State.

They want to kill Asma particularly because of her bold stance against Baloch genocide by Pakistan army and its various agencies and proxies. Apparently, Pakistan army chief and ISI chief are upset due to Asma’s recent speech at the Balochistan Conference in which she exposed and criticized army’s dirty role in extra judicial killings of the Baloch and Shia Muslims in Balochistan.

They also want to eliminate her because they want to rig the future elections and consider Asma as a major impediment to their plans.

According to Asma, Pakistan army generals are planning to kill her via their Jihadi-sectarian proxies (of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat aka Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, which is a sister organization of the Taliban and Al Qaeda).

The only way we can help Asma Jahangir is by raising awareness not only within but also outside Pakistan.

We must expose those who want to eliminate an independent, progressive voice from Pakistan, a true liberal who, unlike pseudo-liberals hiding in the Jinnah Institute and Jang Group etc, is not a toady of the military establishment.

May Asma’s integrity on the Balochistan issue should be an inspiration for all, particularly for those who claim to be progressive and liberal but in fact remain loyal to the pro-Taliban and pro-right-wing agendas and discourses of the Deep State.  We urge everyone to protest and highlight the threats to her life.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) which otherwise remains notoriously silent on genocide of the Shias, Pashtuns etc by Pakistan army and proxies has finally broken its silence and expressed concern at info-leak of threat to Asma’s life.

According to Daily Times:

Different personalities belonging to various civil society organisations and bar associations have expressed serious concern and alarm at the information leak from a responsible and highly credible source that there was a serious threat to the life of the country’s leading human rights activist and one of the most influential leaders of the Bar, Asma Jahangir.

The people who spoke out included Justice (r) Fakhruddin Ebrahim, Dr Mubashir Hassan, IA Rehman, SCBA President Yasin Azad, Pakistan Bar Council President Akhtar Hussain, Ali Ahmad Kurd, Tariq Mahmood, Muneer A Malik, Lt Gen (r) Talat Masood, Air Marshal (r) Zafar Chaudhry, senior journalist Ahmed Rashid, Peshawar High Court Bar President Latif Afridi, Lahore High Court Bar Association President Shahryam Sarwar Chaudhry, Balochistan High Court Bar Association President Zahoor Ahmad Shawani, Malakand High Court Bar Association President Sher Muhammad, Azam Nazir Tarar, Ehsan Bhoon, Justice (r) Malik Saeed Hassan, SM Masood, ANP General Secretary Ehsan Wyne, Prof Salima Hashmi, Hina Jilani, Munir Kakar, Jugnu Mohsin, Kamran Shafi, Kamran Arif, Rashed Rahman, Fareeda Shaheed, Samina Rehman, Dr Mehdi Hassan, Dr Haroon Ahmed, Saleem Asmi, Tahir Hassan, Neelam Hussain, Kishwar Naheed, Khawar Mumtaz, Nazish Ataullah, Shahtaj Qizilbash, Nasreen Azhar, Abbas Rashid, Nighat Saeed, Sajid Bashir, Shahzad Hassan Sheikh and Muhammad Tahseen.

They said, “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.” (Source)

’زندگی کو لاحق مبینہ خطرات پر تشویش‘

پاکستان کی سول سوسائٹی کے مختلف شعبوں سے تعلق رکھنے والی چوالیس نمایاں شخصیات نے انسانی حقوق کی علمبردار عاصمہ جہانگیر کی زندگی کو لاحق سنگین خطرات پر شدید تشویش کا اظہار کیا ہے۔

انسانی حقوق کے کمیشن کی جانب سے جاری کردہ بیان کے مطابق ریٹائرڈ ججوں، جرنیلوں، صحافیوں، دانشوروں، وکلاء برادری کے منتخب رہنماؤں اور انسانی حقوق کے لیے کام کرنے والی پاکستان کی سرکردہ شحصیات نے خبردار کیا ہے کہ عاصمہ جہانگیر کو پہنچنے والے کسی بھی نقصان کی صورت میں خطرناک نتائج کو نظر انداز نہیں کرنا چاہیے۔

بیان میں بتایا گیا ہے کہ عاصمہ جہانگیر کی زندگی کو لاحق سنگین خطرات کی معلومات ایک ذمہ دار اور قابل بھروسہ ذریعے سے انہیں موصول ہوئیں ہیں۔

اسلام آباد میں بی بی سی کے نامہ نگار اعجاز مہر کے مطابق عاصمہ جہانگیر کی زندگی کو کس سے خطرہ ہے، اس بارے میں براہ راست تو کسی پر ذمہ داری عائد نہیں کی گئی لیکن یہ کہا گیا ہے کہ انہیں دھمکیاں ایسے وقت مل رہی ہیں جب پاکستان میں ٹارگٹ کلنگ کا ماحول ہے، مخالفت کرنے والوں کی لاشیں مل رہی ہیں اور اس کا الزام ریاست کے حد سے زیادہ استحقاق رکھنے والے اداروں پر لگ رہا ہے۔

عاصمہ جہانگیر کی زندگی کو کس سے خطرہ
عاصمہ جہانگیر کی زندگی کو کس سے خطرہ ہے، اس بارے میں براہ راست تو کسی پر ذمہ داری عائد نہیں کی گئی لیکن یہ کہا گیا ہے کہ انہیں دھمکیاں ایسے وقت مل رہی ہیں جب پاکستان میں ٹارگٹ کلنگ کا ماحول ہے، مخالفت کرنے والوں کی لاشیں مل رہی ہیں اور اس کا الزام ریاست کے حد سے زیادہ استحقاق رکھنے والے اداروں پر لگ رہا ہے۔

پاکستان کی مختلف شعبوں سے تعلق رکھنے والی اہم شخصیات نے خبردار کیا ہے کہ’ہم یہ سب پر واضح کرنا چاہتے ہیں اور بالخصوص سکیورٹی کے اداروں کے سربراہان پر کہ وہ عاصمہ جہانگیر کو پہنچنے والے نقصان کے نتائج کو معمولی نہ سمجھیں۔‘
بیان میں سختی سے کہا گیا ہے کہ یہ کسی ایک شحص کے خلاف سازش نہیں، بلکہ یہ پاکستان کے مستقبل اور جمہوری ریاست کے خلاف سازش ہے اور عاصمہ کو ملنے والی دھمکی اس کا ایک اہم جز ہو۔

بیان کے مطابق اس معاملے میں ریاست اور اس چیلینج سے سول سوسائٹی نے کس طرح نمٹنا ہے، اس کے سمجھانے کی کوئی ضرورت نہیں۔
اس بیان پر جسٹس (ر) فخر الدین جی ابراہیم، ڈاکٹر مبشر حسن، آئی اے رحمٰن، پاکستان بار کونسل اور سپریم کورٹ بار ایسو سی ایشن کے سربراہان، منیر اے ملک، جسٹس (ر) طارق محمود، لیفٹینٹ جنرل (ر) طلعت مسعود، سلیمہ ہاشمی، ڈاکٹر مہدی حسن اور دیگر کے نام درج ہیں

Source: BBC Urdu

Asma Jahangir’s interview with Najam Sethi

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  • Another cheap blog post by LUBP. Nothing is going to happen to Asma Jahangir Sahiba. Pakistan army generals are more patriot than this blog funded by CIA and RAW.

  • @Shahid

    You are a moron as is your hero Cheap Justice Iftikkhar Chaudhry and his bastard son Samad Khurram, the CJ lover.

    Good work, folks. We need to support Asma. Everyone must.

  • Ali Dayan Hasan ‏@AliDayan
    Asma Jahangir would not allege a threat to her life lightly & history will not forgive those who harm her.The military should remember.

    Imran Jattala ‏@ijattala
    RT @AbdulNishapuri: If there was only 1 person worthy of respect in Pak, it had to be Asma Jahangir. Must b protected 4m those afraid of her

    Zalaan ‏@Zalaan1
    Media played the role in the assassination of Salman Taseer specially Meher Bukhari, now Asma Jahangir is under threat

    Ziya Meral ‏@Ziya_Meral
    Speech on blasphemy laws in #Pakistan by one of the most amazing human rights defenders in the world, @Asma_Jahangir ;http://t.co/Wk3fvVkS

    Assad Zulfiqar Khan ‏@pseudorebel
    While I completely support the statements in favor of Asma Jahangir I’d like to remind everyone the army has gotten away with murder before

    Hamid Mir ‏@HamidMirGEO
    @LoveHamidMirGeo I m worried about the security of Asma Jahangir some powerful people angry because of her speech in Balochistan conference

    Kamran Shafi ‏@KamranShafi46
    @mazdaki @omarali50 Just learnt thru’ the ‘grapevine’ that there is a grave threat to Asma Jehangir’s life. Almost assassination orders!

  • Will we see a post on this topic by Five Rupees, Arif Rafiq, Samad Khurram, International Professor, Cafe Pyala, Pak Tea House and PkPolitics?

    Will the Jinnah Institute issue an urgent, clear statement (instead of shifting the blame onto India or U.S.)?

    Will the usual toadies of the establishment care to raise their voice in support of Asma Jahangir?

  • Threat to Asma’s life condemned – HRCP Press release
    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 against Pakistan’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 (rtd) 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 (rtd) Talat Masood
    10. Air Marshal (rtd) 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 (rtd) 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, Secretary-General HRCP


  • On one hand you support killing machines such as Jinnah Institute, on the other, you claim to support Asma Jahangir. Funny? No, Tragic!

    On one hand you present Hamid Mir (killer of 95 Ahmadis) as your hero, on the other you are worried about Asma Jahangir’s safety. Khoob!

    As long as you are directly or indirectly supporting the military establishment and its proxy media outlets, you are enabling murders!

    Dedicated to our “realist” liberal friends: Ajeeb teri siasat, ajeeb tera nizam / Yazid se bhi marasim, Hussain ko bhi salam?

  • In this men dominated country, they want to kill very few prominent women who refuse to follow their discourse.

    June 05, 2012 From Print Edition

    LAHORE: Former President SCBA Asma Jahangir has vowed to continue her mission of bringing facts to the fore in the interest of the nation no matter what it costs.

    Talking to The News late Monday night, she said the establishment had worked on a plan to assassinate her, which, somehow got leaked.

    It was learnt the information in this regard was passed on to her by an insider who asked her to remain vigilant to the imminent threat. Asma, however, kept the identity of the insider secret. “I have well-wishers everywhere. I just cannot reveal the identity of the person. All I can say is it was a credible piece of information,’’ Asma said.

    The renowned human rights activist simply refused to budge on her cause, saying she would fight for the rights of Pakistanis till the end, and didn’t care much about such threats. It was learnt her address in the recent Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) seminar might have triggered this response from the establishment. Asma, on the other hand, refused to comment on it. She said she had a plan to visit Belfast (N. Ireland) on the coming Wednesday, where she had been invited to attend a seminar of lawyers. Now, she said she would cancel the appointment in view of the emerging scenario back home. She said she would stay in Pakistan so as to convey a clear message to the powers that-be she was not scared of anybody.

    She informed The News a contingent of Rangers had been deployed at her residence in the wee hours of Monday, around 2:30am, on the direction of the Ministry of Interior.

    She said she was in contact with the government on this count. Asma said she would hold a press conference on Tuesday (today) for making public certain facts on the issue.


  • If her criticism of judiciary is muted i dont know who is criticizing the judiciary. She has been on forefront of criticizing this judiciary from NRO to Memogate. These were really uncalled for criticism esp in present context

  • asma is a hypocrite….. she is a drama queen…. she has Never stood for missing persons, Dr Aafia and even now for drone attacks… She portrays herself as a human rights activist, she do stand for a rape victim through which she cash the west and liberals…..
    shame on her…

  • Riaz Jafri:

    to pakistanpress, Pakistan, Pak, Pakistan, betterpakistan, Join, Socialist, pakpotpourri1
    According to a news report the Ministry of Defence spokesman has expressed concern that Ms Asma Jahangir – a senior Supreme Court lawyer and human rights activist – has publicly accused the intelligence agencies of plotting to assassinate her. This is a very serious allegation for which she instead of articulating over the media should lodge a proper complaint in a court of law and provide the necessary evidence so that the matter is properly investigated and appropriate steps taken not only to safeguard her life but also expose the elements who want to eliminate her.

    And, if she doesn’t do it so then there will be a big question mark about her own credibility and intentions of maligning the agencies.

    Hussain Naqi:

    the ministry of defence should first investigate the supreme court assigned tasks and act upon persistent demands of both civil and political society about the few hundred disappeared baloch who returned as dead bodies ,many mutilated ,on the roadside in balochistan. superior judiciary is being blackmailed since it took up the cases of disappeared and expressed its anger over the dead bodies of those whom they had asked to be produced before the court.
    asma has done it correct to bring the issue in public domain. it is quite evident that the military establishment is worried over the expansion of space for civilian control due to the foiling of conspiracies against democratic process.
    gentlemen like col. jafri are fully aware and should not pretend to be innocent about the mischief of those who should obey the elected.
    husain naqi

  • Dr Shahid Masood ‏@Shahidmasooddr
    ہمارے حفیہ ادارے کتنے اچھے ہو گئے ہیں.. عاصمہ جہانگیر صاحبہ کو پہلے ہی خود بتا دیا کہ ہم آپ کو قتل کر نے کا ارادہ رکھتے ہیں
    Retweeted by Ahmad Noorani

  • Requet those who still think that this army is patriot to
    Thanks to these so called patriots
    We lost East pakistan, Siachin and now Baluchistan
    Every Major problem we r facing currently i.e Taliban, Illegal Afghanis, Land Mafia, Drugs and weapons, Class system, no respect for law or above law is bcz of these Generals and their followers.
    Nation was always behind them and what they have delivered we cant act blind,
    For GOD sake recognize true enemies of the country
    no other then this Pak Army who has done nothing but to SERVE their MAJs, COls BGs n GENs through Plots houses and many more.
    What is their achievement, no war they have won fail to protect, totally spending our paid texas in saving their own asses.
    plz plz be sensible before its to late

  • @ Abdul Nishapuri

    And she is right. The judiciary, especially the Chief Justice, is as corrupt as the Army and ISI.

  • Tuis blog has revealed the real threat to Asma Jehangir’s life. She has served the country well aas an advocate of weaker sections of our society . she is an out spoken Social activist. She remained in the fore front of the lawyers movement for the restoration of the justice. She has never made compromises on the principles she firmly believes in. She is a couraageous woman and great exponent of fair justice system and a warrior for the human rights preservation.

    She has acted as a counsel for woman’s rights also.
    She is not liked by the establishment and rightist , religious groups andterrorist v groups . She faces real threat to her life. these jihadi out fits want to take her out. We can not be naive like so many other critics of her who say this is all aheap publicity stunt.

    She infact facesthrets from these organizations. May Allah Protect her.