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Update re: withdrawal of public prosecutor in Salmaan Taseer murder hearing

February 5, 2011

Feb 6, 2011: update – The state prosecutor appointed to prosecute Mumtaz Qadri has been provided adequate security by the government and has agreed to conduct the trial, which will not benefit from any reaction or controversy that our letters might cause.  We look forward to the trial commencing, and justice being done. We thank all those who responded promptly to collectively protest the earlier withdrawal of the public prosecutor and demand justice. ——————————————–
Feb 6, 2011: Draft of letters endorsed by individuals and organisations

We the undersigned express our deep dismay and outrage at the withdrawal of the public prosecutor from the Salmaan Taseer case on Feb 4. The prosecutor has reportedly said he was not given adequate protection. We find this to be an utterly unacceptable situation. It is indeed a sad day when a victim cannot find legal representation but many lawyers offer to represent a murderer, gratis.

We demand that the assassinated Punjab Governor be provided appropriate legal representation by the State.

We demand that both the Punjab and Federal governments immediately provide the prosecutor the requisite protection to enable him to appear in court and discharge his legal duties, and that action be taken against those who are threatening him.

Expecting justice to be done and the rule of law to be followed

Sincerely,

Naveen Naqvi (journalist); Shayan Afzal Khan (concerned citizen); Yasser Latif Hamdani (advocate); Sabeen Mahmud (concerned citizen); Beena Sarwar (journalist); Faisal Butt (concerned citizen); Marvi Sirmed (concerned citizen); Ambareen Kazim (concerned citizen); Fahim Zaman Khan (concerned citizen); Nadeem Hussain (concerned citizen); Mahbina Waheed (entrepreneur); Naziha Syed Ali (journalist); Noman Quadri (student); G.M. Lakho (advocate); Harris Khalique (poet/writer); Ayesha Ijaz Khan (advocate, London); Ayesha Jalal (historian); Karamat Ali (activist); Mahbina Waheed (entrepreneur); Mohsin Sayeed (journalist); Meera Ghani (environmental activist); Ali Kazmi (student); Shahvar Ali Khan (musician); Leena Ghani (artist); Dr. Matthew J. Nelson (Professor, School of Oriental and African Studies, London);  Angana Chatterji (Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies); Gulalai Ismail (Chairperson, Aware Girls); Rozemary Scarlat (PhD student); Dr Akmal Hussain (Distinguished Professor, Beaconhouse National University.Lahore); Kauser S..Khan (concerned citizen); Iffat Omar (concerned citizen); Hadia Khan (concerned citizen); Amima Sayeed (concerned citizen); Saadia Rahman Khan (concerned citizen); Sadia Haroon (concerned citizen); Rweeda Himayat (architect); Alizeh Khalid (student); Anis Dani (development worker); Madiha Sattar (Senior Assistant Editor, the Herald); Fauzia Minallah (artist); Rameezuddin Ahmed (concerned citizen/student); Saeeda Diep (concerned citizen); Mohammad Tahseen (concerned citizens); A. H. Nayyar (physicist); Mohammad Zia-ur-Rehman (concerned citizen); Anis Haroon (women’s rights activist);Babar Sattar (lawyer/columnist); Mahnaz Rahman (Aurat Foundation); Zubair Faisal Abbasi (human rights activist); Fatima Zafar (concerned citizen); Syeda Quratulain Masood (concerned citizen); Prof Nira Yuval-Davis (University of East London); Prof. Ruqaiya Hasan (MacQuarie University, Australia); Cassandra Balchin (researcher, London); Samina Zafar (artist, Geneva, Switzerland); Adil Sayeed (marketing manager); Dr. Kris K. Manjapra (Assistant Professor, History Department, Tufts University); Sameer Hamid Dodhy (member executive committee Shehri-CBE); Khawar Mumtaz (Shirkat Gah); Dr Aisha K. Gill (Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Roehampton University); Lydia Alpizar (Executive Director, AWID); Naeem Mirza (concerned citizen); Sheema Kermani (activist); Dr Farzana Bari (activist); Nasir Mansoor (political activist); Imtiaz Gul (journalist); Sarah Suhail (lawyer); Najma Siddiqi (sustainable development specialist)

On behalf of Citizens for Democracy (CFD), a coalition of professional groups, NGOs, trade unions, student unions, political parties and individuals, 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. Other CFD members and endorsing organizations include: 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; 68. Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) 69. Youth Together for Human Rights Education (YTHRE); 70. The Institute for Social Movements (ISM); 71 South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-Pk); 72. Institute for Development Initiatives; 73. Shehri-CBE; 74. Institute for Peace and Secular studies; AWID – Association for Women’s Rights in Development; 75. Youth Parliament of Pakistan; 76. Pattan; 77. Awami Jamhoori Forum

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. readinglord permalink
    February 24, 2011 12:57 am

    What else, in the first place, can be more horrible and disgusting than a murder of a ‘Halfy-muslim’ governor of a state of Islamic Republic of Pakistan in a broad day light by a paid and uniformed servant of the state, employed on the security of his person in a treacherous vigilante fashion! And worse of the worst is the fact that the very process of prosecution and justice connected with the trial of this most heinous of the crimes is under threat.

    Is it not the ‘bolo-ram’ (end) of justice in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan? Where has gone the CJ who swings his ‘danda’ of suo motu even on such paltry issues as ‘kite-flying’ and Mukhtaran Mai’s scandal? The fundamental question now is; whether murder by lynching in vigilante fashion of any person by accusing him of blasphemy has a legal immunity?

  2. munawar ali permalink
    February 10, 2011 9:03 am

    I M SO MUCH SHOCKED WHEN I HEAR LENIANCY FOR THE MURDERER FROM MANY POLITICAL PARTIES, INCLUDING REACTION OF PPP, I DO NOT BLAME RELIGIOUS PARTIES FOR STRENGTHEN EXTREMISM BECAUSE THIS IS THEIR AGENDA TO IMPOSE THEIR IDEAS ON MAJORITY BY FORCE AND THEY ARE PAID BY SAUDI, FOREIGN MILITANTS AND BY THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PAKISTAN SINCE STARTING OF THIS COUNTRY. IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES OUR SECULAR AND LIBERAL PARTIES ARE ALSO NOT PLAYING THEIR ROLE, SO WE ALL NEED A PLATFORM LIKE CFD WHERE WE CAN RAISE OUR VOICE, SO IN THIS REGARD NOW IT IS DUTY OF CFD TO TAKE ACTION, WE ARE WAITING TO REBEL AGAINST THE FASCISM SPREAD ALL OVER PAKISTAN.

  3. Nadeem permalink
    February 5, 2011 10:35 pm

    Something very strange is happening here!

    Public Prosecutor is an employee of Punjab government and works under instructions of Punjab Law department. His appointment and removal is at the pleasure of Provençal govt. So is his security which Punjab govt has to provide.

    Should not these appeals be addressed to Chief Minister Punjab and Mian Nawaz Sharif who is head of ruling party in Punjab?

    President/Prime Minister even willing to, can not interfere in it as its provincial govt’s powers.

    Is this some sort of maligning campaign against federal govt by intentionally ignoring the Punjab govt which is responsible for the job!

    I hope this is honest lack of understanding of learned members of CFD, not an intentional act, and if so, there needs to be correction for sake of your own credibility.

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