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Open letter to Chairman Senate: protest justification of murder

January 30, 2011

Letter sent to Chairman Senate today:

Citizens for Democracy https://citizensfordemocracy.wordpress.com
Email: cfd.pak@gmail.com
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Jan 30, 2011

To Farooq Hamid Naek
Chairman, Senate of Pakistan
Fax: 051-9103125
Email: chairman@senate.gov.pk

Dear Sir,

We are appalled by the statement of independent Senator from Balochistan Hamayun Mandokhel who has justified the murder of assassinated Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer, who was totally innocent of any wrongdoing but was gunned down by his own guard on the pretext of religion.

When invited by the Citizens for Democracy to attend the public chehlum for the assassinated Governor, Mr Mandokhel replied: “He met his fate. This is our religion. You have to accept it or leave Pakistan”.

We are appalled that a sitting Senator can make such a statement and get away with it. We request that disciplinary action be taken against the Senator if he does not tender a public apology for his remark that has justified the cowardly and shameful murder of Mr Taseer who had neither been charged, tried nor convicted of any crime.

We also condemn those senators who refused to lead a fateha recitation and those who refused to raise their hand in fateha for the departed soul.

Yours sincerely

Citizens for Democracy – a coalition of professional organisations, trade unions, political parties, non-government organisations and individuals including Naveen Naqvi, Shayan Afzal Khan, Yasser Latif Hamdani, Sabeen Mahmud, Beena Sarwar, Faisal Butt, Marvi Sirmed, Ambareen Kazim, Fahim Zaman Khan, Nadeem Hussain, Mahbina Waheed, Naziha Syed Ali, and organisations including Professional Organisations Mazdoor Federations & Hari Joint Committee – POJAC, an umbrella organisation including: 1. Sindh High Court Bar Association; 2. Pakistan Medical Association (PMA);  3. All Pakistan Newspaper Employees Confederation (APNEC); 4. Mutahida Labour Federation; 5. Karachi Union of Journalists; 6. Pakistan Workers Federation; 7. All Pakistan Trade Union Federation (APTUF); 8. All Pakistan Clerk Association; 9. Democratic Labour Union State Bank of Pakistan; 10. UBL Workmen Union (CBA); 11. National Bank Trade Union Federation; 12. Karachi Bar Association; 13. Pakistan Nursing Federation; 14. National Trade Union Federation; 15. Sindh Hari Committee; 16. Govt. Sec. Teachers Association; 17. Pakistan Hotel And Restaurant Workers Federation; 18. Mehran Mazdoor Federation; 19. All Sindh Primary Teachers Association; 20. Sindh Professor Lecturer Association; 21. Malir Bar Association, Karachi; 22. Pakistan Trade Union Federation (PTUF); 23. Railway Workers Union Open Line (cba) Workshop; 24. Mehran Railway Employees Welfare Association; 25. All Pakistan Trade Unions Organisations; besides other CFD members and endorsing organisations: 26. Awami Party; 27. Labour Party Pakistan (LPP); 28. Progressive Youth Front (PYF); 29. Communist Party Pakistan (CPP); 30. Peace and Solidarity Council; 31. Pakistan Institute of Labour, Education & Research (Piler); 32. Action Committee for Human Rights; 33. Dalit Front; 34. National Commission for Justice and Peace (CJP); 35. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP); 36. Caritas; 37. Aurat Foundation; 38. Women’s Action Forum (WAF); 39. People’s Resistance; 40. Sindh Awami Sangat; 41. National Organisation of Working Committees; 42. Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF); 43. Child and Labour Rights Welfare Organisation; 44. Progressive Writers Association (PWA); 45. Port Workers Federation; 46. Shirkat Gah; 47. Pakistan Peace Coalition (PPC); 48. Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA); 49. Sanjan Nagar Public Education Trust  (SNPET);  50. Pakistan Dalit Solidarity Network (PDSN); 51. Sindh Democratic Forum (SDF); 52. SAP-Pakistan; 53. AwazCDS-Pakistan; 54. GCAP-Pakistan; 55. Home Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF); 56. Labour Education Foundation (LEF); 57. Progressive Youth Forum; 58. National Students’ Federation (NSF); 59. The Researchers; 60. Tehrik-e-Niswan; 61. Democratic Commission for Human Development (DCHD); 62. Crises Support Group of Residents for Defence and Clifton, Karachi; 63. Baaghi: A blog for secular Pakistan; 64. Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party (CMKP); 65. Ansar Burney Trust International; 66. Viewpoint International; 67. Pakistan Youth Alliance
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Citizens for Democracy (CFD) is an umbrella group of individuals and organizations outraged by the consistent misuse and abuse of the ‘blasphemy laws’ and of religion in politics. We came together at a meeting in Karachi on Dec 19th at Karachi Press Club, convened by Professional Organisations Mazdoor Federations & Hari Joint Committee (POJAC). CFD calls upon all professional groups, NGOs, trade unions, student unions, and individuals to join hands in its peaceful campaigns.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. m.k.leghari permalink
    February 3, 2011 11:56 am

    Indeed a laudable initiative.I endorse the move.

  2. Najma Siddiqi permalink
    February 3, 2011 2:22 am

    Good initiative.
    You say that CFD includes individuals. How do we join, sign such letters and/or be part of your other campaigns?

  3. Nadira permalink
    January 31, 2011 4:42 pm

    How simple is that? if you dont like it, leave! Well I’m sure there are thousands who want to but it isnt that straightforward – but I am fortunate I dont have to stay there and listen to crap from these politicians! YOUR day will come soon too Mr Mandokhel or whatever you are!!

  4. January 31, 2011 2:50 pm

    Vile men and jokers like Hamayun Mandokhel ought to be canned and restrained. They are a nuisance at home and a source of embarracement for us abroad. They are out of place in the world of the 21st century and out of sync with the new civilisation. Would our police intelligence agencies please also take note of his utterences. Also all the western embassies please!

  5. January 30, 2011 6:22 pm

    Good and Meaningful Initiative. Hope it makes a difference..

  6. Sardar KHAN permalink
    January 30, 2011 5:58 pm

    Why you are worried about Taseer?When there are other pressing problems facing the country.Why don’t you send a message to Obama and USA embassy to stop meddling in the case of Davis who have killed 2 Pakistanis in rage.Also ask for the presentation of the other person who killed an innocent young man while driving in the wrong direction on the road trying to snach Davis from the police.
    Or it is the policy of your organation to protest against the Pakistani Muslims only(who are a thorn in the flesh of the seculars).

  7. iqbal Alavi permalink
    January 30, 2011 3:12 pm

    letter to Senate Chairman is a good initiative. I support the move and would like to sign
    the letter if cfd so desires. well done.

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