The following message by Osama Siddique who is a university professor at LUMS (Lahore University of Management Sciences) and arrested earlier alongside members of HRCP, was sent to us via the blackberry service within our comments section on a previous blog posting:
As I write to you many members of society are actively protesting against the travesty that has plunged us once again into the dark ages. The HRCP (Human Rights Commission Pakistan) building has been surrounded by police and peaceful protesters including some of our faculty members are about to be arrested.
In Islamabad and elsewhere the top judiciary of the country remains under house arrest and similar arrests are being made. The press has been completely muffled. This is the time to peacefully but unequivocally express our very strong dismay and protest against yet another martial law. However as we unite in this please ensure that nothing happens that in any way undermines our institutional norms. Please introspect and gauge whether continuing silence makes sense any more.
Please speak up, stand together and be counted. And be careful.