Thursday, December 9, 2010

Letter to HRCP by Sadia Abbas

A copy of the letter sent to Dr. Mehdi Hasan. It was handwritten. (she also had the same problem as mine -- the letter was to be formulated within short time before load-shedding)

Dr. Mehdi Hasan,
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Subject: Violation of Human Rights on August 15, 2010

Dear Dr. Mehdi Hasan,

I deem the occasion of International Human Rights Day the most pertinent to highlight, once again, the issue of brutal lynching of Hafiz Mughees But, and Muneeb Butt of Sialkot.

August 15, 2010 has left a permanent scar on the psyche of our nation. This day should be remembered as ‘Black Day’ in the history of human rights world over. People that have been rendered disconsolate over the years, have now gone beyond all extremes. They fail to see that Vigilante Justice is a clear violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 9, 10 and 11, and Article 5 in this particular case. The mob, yet fails to concede that vigilante justice is a crime itself, and crime if condoned, begets crime. A month after the lynching of Mughees and Muneeb, a man was stoned to death in Gujrat merely for ‘over-speeding’. A few days later, media showed another video clip of a dead body being dragged on the roads of Dera Ghazi Khan, before it was burnt to ashes. Apparently, mob violence has already taken its roots in Pakistan!! If the killers of Mughees and Muneeb go unpunished, there is a lot more to come. Can we take that??

The trial is being conducted in Anti Terrorist Court, Gujranwala; a court which is well reputed for its impartiality and pronouncement of harsh sentences. Now and then, the antics of the defendant lawyers reflect their sinister motive to prolong the case. Thankfully, the request for transferring the case to lower court has been rejected, yet the absence of the defendant on the dates of hearing has unnecessarily delayed the proceedings several times. Public prosecutors in high court have refused to follow the case, owing this decision to lack of cooperation by civil departments.

Dr. Mehdi, my fears have multiplied thousand folds. I have always enjoyed games of mind; I hear a word and think of one. The word ‘Sialkot’ would make my mind echo a list of names. Allama Iqbal, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Shoaib Malik to begin with, continuing with those of my friends’ living there. Now its just two- Mughees and Muneeb. No more names, yet a series of words; mob, blood, violence, savagery, butchery, brutality, lynching, atrocity.. rest is all forgotten. Being a peace loving person, I cannot imagine my people getting accustomed to taking innocent lives on matters as trivial as a cricket match. Such lawbreakers must be given exemplary punishment so that mob violence does not become a part of our culture.

I believe that Human Rights Commission of Pakistan can play a crucial role in collaboration with media to create awareness amongst masses regarding abuse and violation of human rights and how it deteriorates a society. I request you, Sir, to take this incident into account and offer your support to the bereaved family. We need to let them know that Mughees and Muneeb are not forgotten, and will never be forgotten. It is our moral responsibility to stand up for their support and fight for justice till it is served.

Yours respectfully,
Sadia Abbas
(Signature & Location) 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My hastily writtten letter to HRCP

When only one day left, and little time left in scheduled load-shedding, I could come up with only something as abrupt as this ! This was written in an extreme rush , so I couldn't polish it, or add references. More irony is that hand written letters are given more weight, so I had to write it down as well :(. While writing it down, I made a few amendments, which I cannot make here. Khair, the letter begins below: -

Dr. Mehdi Hasan
Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
Aiwan-I-Jamhoor, 107-Tipu Block New Garden Town, Lahore.

Dear Mehdi Sahab

On International Human Rights day, I am writing to you hoping my desperate effort could make a difference. .

Sir, even an ordinary layman has a foreboding now that Pakistan is decending into lawlessness at such a brisk pace -- and people engaging in severe human rights abuses such brazenly and boldly -- that soon this country would simply become inhospitable to civilized humans!

Though many other incidents, but I would like to highlight the most shocking, brutal and unparalleled case -- the broad daylight lynching of Mughees and Muneeb in Sialkot (15th Aug 2010). The boys were falsely, and deliberately so, marked as robbers by their playground foes and then brutally murdered by an organized lynch mob. Videos of this barbarism were aired all over media channels, and still widely available on youtube.

The culprits (including 8 policemen) are arrested, and the trial is going on. However, it is extremely worrying to notice that it is now 4 months siince this tragedy happened but still the mother of tMughees and Muneeb await justice ! Why so ? Because all possible delay tactics are deployed by the aggressors. And since police is also an accomplice, there is little hope that justice would ever be served ! Just last week, the Public Prosecutors refused to follow this case in high court complaining the civil departments are not cooperating with them. This is very depressing !

Sir, my even more senister feeling is that the killing of these two brothers is not a mere INCIDENT; this is begining of a TREND ! This could become a way to settle one's account with one's foe - with a rival in inheritence, cricket, love affairs, setlie an issue after traffic accident, and like... I cannot explain to you how harrassed I am when my younger brother, who happens to be of Mughees's age, goes to college driving his car. And ofcourse, I would never ever NEVER EVER allow him to go out and play with other boys !

BUT is this a solution ?? Should we lock ourselves in homes to prevent mishapes ?? Or shoudl we try to leave this country asap ??? I think NO, and suggest that the only solution is rule of law and STRICT and ONTIME punishment to those who dare to violate human rights, and to those who supervise it, and to those who protect them post their crime.

I therefore urge and appeal Human Rights Commisiion of Pakistan to take serious notice of Sialkot lynching, and take all necessary steps possible capacity to ensure swift justice to the family of Mughees and Muneeb !

Thanking you, hopes, and best regards
Ali Abbas Sultan
(Signature, and location).

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Ayatullah Khamenei urges Muslims to support the people of Kashmir

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appealed to the Muslim elite worldwide to back the "struggle" in Jammu and Kashmir, equating the northern Indian state with the "nations" of Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. " ," Khamenei said in a message to Haj pilgrims.
"Today the major duties of the elite of the Islamic Ummah is to provide help to the Palestinian nation and the besieged people of Gaza, to sympathize and provide assistance to the nations of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Kashmir, to engage in struggle and resistance against the aggressions of the United States and the Zionist regime,"
India summoned Iran envoy to protest remarks on Kashmir.The statement is, however, welcomed by Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Omer Farooque.
Recently, Iran has been quite vocal on the issue of Kashmir - few months back Iran's foriegn ministry condemned brute use of force by Indian Army to suppress protest all across Indian Occupied Kashmir. This is however the first time that such an explicit statement came from the highest authority in Iran.

Hope we see the resonance of Ayatullah's words in Shia media sources in Pakistan, hope Iran's clear stance on this issue is appreciated throughout Pakistan, especially at a time when Imam e Kaaba did not utter even a word about Kashmir in his Hajj sermon !

Monday, October 18, 2010

Would Muneeb and Mughees ever get Justice ?

(Sialkot, Pakistan) On 15th August 2010, two teenage brothers, Mughees Sajjad, 18, and Muneeb Sajjad, 16 were brutally tortured to death by a mob of hundreds, after falsely marking them as robbers, while police stood and watched.
Look at their photos... do they look like robbers?
Background: Mughees and Muneeb, belonging to Sialkot, used to go  Bottar Village for playing cricket. For an arguemeent over the playground, beside other reasons, some local village boys had developed animosity for the two brothers.

On 15th August, there occurred a robbery and a murder at Bottar Village at dawn on which the villagers were agitated. When Mughees and Muneeb reach Bottar and arrived at the scene to enquire what was going on, the same group of boys with whom they had hostility pointed towards them and shouted "Robbers Robbers !!". The crowd surrounded them and started beating them with sticks, iron rods, and bricks. The minor Muneeb got severely injured and both of them were handed over to rescue 1122

After an hour or so, a more organized mob presumably assembled by the same influential boys reached 1122 and demanded the boys be handed over to them. After contacting police several times, and failing to sought their intervention, the Rescue 1122 workers succumbed to mob's demand, and handed over the boys after duly tying them. What happened next is imaginable....

A very brutal beating of M & M for hours.

The bodies with beyond recognition faces were then hanged for exhibition

Dumped in a garbage trolley..

Paraded on the roads of Sialkot

When the first videos of this horrible episode surfaced on TV channels,  the Supreme Court of Pakistan took sou motto notice of this brutal lynching incident and ordered an enquiry. The enquiry team headed by former LHC judge Justice Kazim Malik submitte their report stating that Muneeb and Mughees were NOT ROBBERS .

The culprits were caught on camera, and all of them were arrested within 3 weeks. 
However, the ongoing trial is continuously being influenced by significant people from Botter village, and local police since the local police is also an accomplice in this broad daylight barbarism

Protests all over the country and even abroad were held, BUT only for a month or so. Soon the media and the masses forgot them!

 Lets see if they could ever get justice, and the culprits get the most severe punishment possible, or this case keep on hanging like Mukhtara Mai's !

A Facebook page 'Justice for Mughees and Muneeb' having 70,000 + members

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

International Community silent as usual

This is called world's largest democracy -

Indian Barbarism continues in Kashmir

As usual, complete silence from world leaders... champians of Human Rights....champians of Islam...and so forth...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Flood Victims await our help !

Please help the flood victims in whatever way possible, and urge all you friends via sms, email, or what ever way possible - especially those who are living abroad

Friday, May 21, 2010

Very Happy with the ban on Facebook !

I have not met even one single Pakistani who is upset with the bam. We are, infact, proud of our Judiciary and Government to act exactly according to the sentiments of our piblic.

But western media is engaged in shameful sub-standard propaganda. Here's an article from New York Times, showing the wrong picture.  An extract from it:-

'The rulling demonstrated the power of HARDLINE ISLAMISTS '


'The groups are often able to impose their will on the more peaceful maojrity by ....'

SHame shame !!! I cannot say anything else

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A touching Song..

One of the most beautiful compositions ever made !
My favorite song:
Singer: Late Great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Kalaam of Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah (r.a)

Sooo touching song, about wife of a soldier

Being a soldier isn't that easy . . They are not robots, they also have a family !

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Independence of Kosovo

Declaration of independence by Kosovo on 17th February 2008 received a mixed reaction from the Muslim world.

The following Muslim countries recognized Kosovo:-

United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia

Being a Muslim, it was a heartiest pleasure to see a new Muslim Country emerge on the map of this world. In addition, it was somewhat healing to see Serbia being disintegrated -- the Serbia that perpetrated horrible war crimes against Bosnian Muslims, in 1980s.

It is however ironic to note that Bosnia itself has not recognized Kosovo till date. Other prominent Muslim countries that did not recognize Kosovo include IRAN and PAKISTAN

Reaction of Iran

On 13 March 2008, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran, after considering the region's issues and conditions, had not recognised the independence of Kosovo

In early March 2008, Gholamreza Ansari, Ambassador of Iran to Russia, said that "this question has very important aspects. Frankly speaking, the United Nations divided one of its members into two parts, though Article 1244 confirms the territorial integrity of Serbia. This is a very strange event. We think that some countries try to weaken international organizations. Presently, Iran is studying the question of Kosovo's future. Iran... expresses its concern over the weakening of international organizations"

Reaction of Pakistan:

On February 2008, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry released the following statement: "We understand and support the legitimate aspirations of the Kosovars and the need for peace in Kosovo and the region. Pakistan is watching the developments in Kosovo carefully. We have noted the recognition extended by a number of important countries to the declaration of independence by the Kosovo Parliament and the statement made by the OIC Secretary General expressing happiness over this development, and solidarity and support with the Kosovars. Our policy will be guided by these developments and the aspirations of the people of Kosovo. It remains our earnest desire that situation remains calm and peaceful in Kosovo and the region."

At a meeting on 28 January 2009 between the Kosovan Foreign Minister, Skënder Hyseni, and Mr. Shahbaz, Pakistan's Ambassador to Austria, the ambassador said that the people and government of Pakistan support Kosovo on its path. He said that Pakistan is conducting intensive talks with its neighbours and other members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference on the issue, and that it is just a matter of time before Pakistan takes the decision to recognise Kosovo

At a meeting on 26 May 2009 between the Kosovan Foreign Minister, Skënder Hyseni, and Abdullah Hussain Haroon, the representative of Pakistan to the UN, Mr. Haroon reportedly said "finally we support your cause".

I wouldnt commnet on Iranian reaction but I fully appreciate Pakistan on this

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Proud of AQ Khan; condemning BBC

If U.S. Nuclear technology could be transferred and shared with Israel, why can't Pakistan share it with Iran ?

Without going into any technical complexity, allegations against him are that he is responsible for transfer of Nuclear arms technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea. He was dismissed, debriefed, and then forced to confess about the above activities in 2004.

However, it is obvious that AQ Khan could not have done this all alone, and without the involvement of state of Pakistan and Pakistan Army.

NOW ! Whether this story is true or not, and it is true, we do not allow BBC (British Barking Channel)to term Khan as disgraced scientist !!

Infact, we feel proud for him ! If he, and state of Pakistan, provided this material to the countries that have taken stance against bullying powers, then their move is a matter of great honor for us (Pakistanis).

Shia Muslims of Pakistan

With the name of Allah
The first Prime Minister of Pakistan was a Shia Muslim, it is also said that the founder of Pakistan was a Shia too.

In Pakistan, there is no discrimination - The Twelvers are in Army, Politics, Business, all over Media...every where.. They live in harmony with the people of majority sect, something almost unmatched in rest of the Muslim world.

Whenever they shift home, the first thing they do is to openly place an 'Alam' (a black flag, symbol of Flag of Abbas Bin Ali a.s) on their roofs / terrace, which is never resented by local residents. Paksitan is nothing like Saudia, Nigeria, and the like......

Though there do exist some organizations that have attacked the people of this sect, but they have, and are attacking the Pakistan Army on even larger scale. They rarely have any public support.

The point is to reject all Gutter propaganda designed by the enemy that State of Pakistan is engaged in repressing any segment of population on the basis of their sect !

There are countless Shia processions from Moharram to Rabiul Awal (first three months of Islamic Calender), and the Government of Pakistan spends in millions to protect these mourning processions by placing Police and Paramilitary Rangers. Imagine ! Is there any country in the world that provides such luxury to a sect that is barely 20% (a rough estimate).

The credit of this unmatched harmony goes to Saints / Sufis of subcontinent, whose teachings keep us united till date.

The point is to reject all Gutter propaganda, designed by the enemy, that State of Pakistan is engaged in repressing any segment of population on the basis of their sect !

There is no place on earth like Pakistan !!