Ever since the first email at 10 am a lot has been achieved in an effort to provide security and protection to the couple in Quetta, all this mobilization has been done to prevent a possible disaster, there were no confirmed reports on this but the couple was threatened enough to alert Human rights activists in Pakistan. It is my belief that every effort must be done to prevent a disaster when a person is willing to reach out and ask for help.
If we succeed and this couple becomes a living example to have withstood these heinous traditions, it might possibly encourage other such people facing such similar threats to reach out and also ask for help. I share with you Tahira Abdullah’s email just receive moments ago
“Update: 10 March midnight: Pakistani civil society’s/human rights activists’ strong apprehensions and demands for protection have been registered with the Govt. of Baluchistan: The executive administration (esp the police chiefs) + the judiciary + the legislators. In addition, we have mobilized the relevant quarters in the Federal Govt, e.g. M/O Interior (Police Chiefs), Parliamentarians, NCSW, MoWD, MoHR, etc. Civil society is bombarding the IG/Police Baluchistan + the DIG/Police with telephone calls!!!! The media, unfortunately, seems to be totally immersed in 24-hour coverage of the various Bye-elections held today.
Telephone numbers in Quetta: IG/P: (92-81) 920 12 62 or 920 13 66 or 920 18 34 (office numbers)
But since it’s now past midnight, I’d suggest letting them get a modicum of sleep! let’s start calling them at 7:30 a.m. (Pak time) – that’s 9:30 p.m. EST/USA. That is, if they have not put ALL cell+telephones off the hook already!!!! Here’s keeping our fingers crossed + dialling!!!
Best of luck to Haseena & Akhtar,
I must acknowledge the efforts of Tahira for having alerted us all about this issue and quite possibly averting a disaster. Lets pray for the safety of the couple in Quetta not only tomorrow but hope they remain in protection until the dust settles beyond as well, quite possibly lending a new meaning to No News is Good News