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A letter from a Citizen to Muneer Malik

Mr. Muneer A. Malik
Former President Supreme Court Bar Association

Subject: A Small Note of Gratitude

Sir,

We take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom our hearts for being a real life hero for Pakistan. We had only read about people of your stature in history books; people who had the courage to change the course of history, who had the integrity to defy the pharaohs of their times, who did the right thing at the right time without fear or favor.

We have faced many bone crushing defeats as a nation but never lost hope and the confidence that we have good people like your honorable self in this nation. We only did not know their names and did not recognize their faces. Thank you for letting us know your name and recognize your face.

How could we fail as a nation when there are upright people like your honored and loved self among our midst? Your stand and untiring struggle has given us the courage to defy tyranny.

We assure you of our commitment to carry this torch forward. God may help us too to make the right choices in life.

God may bless you and your generations with His favors in this world and the world to come.

Sincerely,

Citizens of Pakistan

If any of the readers would like to show them support by either sending flowers or letters to the Sindh High Court Non-PCO Judges then their contact details can be obtained from the PakVoices website


Students Action Committee Protest in Islamabad

An eyewitness account of the protests organized by Students Action Committee in Islamabad published by The Neem Revolution at The Emergency Times

The Protest Rally in Islamabad on Friday turned out to be a huge success, with around 300 people showing up to express their outrage at the continued subversion of the judiciary and media, and to stress on the boycott of the upcoming elections. The protest, co-ordinated with similar rallies around the country and abroad, consisted of students, journalists, lawyers, civil rights activists and ordinary citizens of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, who showed up despite the downpour in the twin cities in the afternoon. The crowd first gathered outside the Press Club at 3 PM, holding placards in support of the judiciary, prominent figures in the movement, such as Muneer A Malik, as well as the media. The protestors chanted slogans against the unconstitutional acts of the government and hailed Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and his supporters as the heroes of the day. Several prominent figures from among the student, journalist and legal community stepped forward to address the gathering and outline their demands.
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Muneer Malik shifted to SIUT, Karachi

Tortured & Terrorized but Not SilencedIt is being reported by a representative of HRCP in Karachi that Muneer A Malik has been shifted to SIUT in Karachi. Considering his critical condition where he had renal issues I hope the doctors can help him recover to be able to face these crooks in Pakistan.

The People’s Resistance group is coordinating an effort to deliver flowers to him in Karachi, if anyone is interested in contributing towards the effort posts a message here on the blog and I will contact you as soon as possible



This Grain Of Truth – A tribute to Muneer Malik

Guest post by Sophia Ali

An immeasurable wave of rage and pride rises up in me every time I watch the video of Muneer Malik speaking from his hospital bed. Here is a Pakistani hero whose voice was tortured to a whisper, yet they couldn’t subdue the volume of his incredible spirit, a radiance that empowers us all.

My utmost salutations to you, Muneer and to all the heroes of this nation.

Aaj ankhon mein paani hai,
Kal ye paani sar se guzar jaey ga
Ae buzdil mallah, chor kishti e mulk
Warna sailab tumhain dubo kar jaey ga


Tyrant

You scattered my sapling body
into the ground
where bruises blossomed
like luminous roses
upon this broken earth
of skin and bone.

You gave me thorns
I offer, in return
This rose of blood
This seed of pearl
This grain of truth
That blooms and blooms…

Naz
26 Nov 2007




Flowers for Muneer A. Malik

Concerned Citizens in Islamabad took the initiative to visit Muneer Malik while he has been admitted in a critical medical condition at PIMS Islamabad, his ailing condition was solely created by shear neglect on the part of the government of Pakistan aka Pervaiz Musharraf. These pictures were passed to us in an email to the People’s Resistance network, well done Pakistanis we must respect our hero’s who have genuinely stood up against this tyrant.

Pictures found on Funkor’s Flickr Photostream and © copyright of Fauzia Minallah

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Update on Muneer A. Malik’s medical condition – Not Good

Received on the People’s Resistance network

We went to see Muneer A. Malik today, I will also send the photos of the protest we organised outside PIMS. He is in a critical condition. His creatinine level is very high he has undergone a dialysis and a second one is due in about half an hour. His treatment was delayed so much that he is in a serious condition now. C.J Iftikhar Chaudhry wanted to meet him but he was not granted permission. God knows what is planned for Aitezaz Ahsan and Ahmad Ali Kurd?

Our prayers continue to be with Mr. Malik wishing him all the best and at the same time raise concern with the hope that the rest of the political prisoners are doing ok, and may Allah protect these heros of Pakistan who choose to raise their voice against the military dictator


Update @ 1502: Muneer Malik dangerously ill, moved to Islamabad

I just received this email from Barrister Salahuddin Ahmed narrating the seriousness of Muneer Malik’s medical condition while we was jailed up in Attock Jail. It seems to be inhuman that such a respectable person to be treated in such a way, our prayers are with him for a quick and steady recovery.

Additionally we demand the government to release all other political prisoners which includes many lawyers which have been a thorn in the side of the President since March 8th, the day he tried to ransack the judiciary by dismissing the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry

Muneer A. Malik, former President Supreme Court Bar Association, was finally shifted from Attock jail to PIMS Hospital, Islamabad, yesterday at around 6 pm when his medical condition deteriorating dangerously. He has suffered acute renal failure and is now undergoing dialysis. He is still under detention. Some lawyers, including Hamid Khan, managed to meet him during the transfer and say that he is dangerously ill. Since then, the guard around his room has been stepped up and he has not been allowed any visitors/attendants.

All are requested to exercise maximum efforts and pressure through all channels to ensure that:

  • His near and dear ones are allowed to visit and attend to him.
  • His detention orders are immediately lifted to allow him to receive appropriate medical treatment; whether in Pakistan or abroad.

Update @ 1600: HRCP urges to Free Judges and Bar Leaders

HRCP Press Release

Expressing serious concern at Mr. Muneer Malik’s illness in jail and the hardships being caused to superior court judges and their families under unlawful and unacknowledged detention, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called for immediate lifting of bar to judges’ and lawyers’ liberty.

A statement issued today by Senator (R) Iqbal Haider and Hina Jilani, HRCP Secretary General and Vice Chair, respectively, the commission said:

HRCP is extremely concerned at reports that former SC bar chief Muneer Malik’s condition in Attock Jail has become serious. He is said to be losing consciousness for hours at a stretch. Present SCBA chief Aitzaz Ahsan also is reported to have needed hospitalization. And the tribulations of senior bar leader Ali Ahmed Kurd can only be imagined. The detention of these leaders of the bar and of the public opinion is not only unwarranted and unlawful, it is also violative of the demand of a fair poll and all codes of humanitarian decency. They must be released forthwith.

HRCP is also concerned at the unlawful and unacknowledged detention of superior courts judges. All restrictions on their freedom of movement and their right to receive visitors must be withdrawn.

HRCP


Update @ 1905: Asma Jahngir appeals for support to lawyers and judges in Pakistan

The following e-mail was just sent in to us from Asma Jahngir (Chairperson of HRCP), appealing for support to members of the judiciary in Pakistan who have been attacked and arrested alongside scores of lawyers who have been disappearing after being detained and arrested at peace rallies over the last few days:

I am fortunate to be under house arrest while my colleagues are suffering. The Musharaf government has declared martial law to settle scores with lawyers and judges. While the terrorists remain on the loose and continue to occupy more space in Pakistan, senior lawyers are being tortured.

The civil society of Pakistan urges bar associations all over the world to mobilize public opinion in favor of the judges and lawyers in Pakistan. A large number of judges of superior courts are under arrest. Thousands of lawyers are imprisoned, beaten and tortured.

In particular the cases of Muneer A Malik, Aitzaz Ahsan, Tariq Mahmood and Ali Ahmed Kurd are serious. Muneer A Malik, the former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association and leader of the lawyers movement has been shifted to the notorious Attack Fort. He is being tortured and is under the custody of the military intelligence. Tariq Mahmood, former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, was imprisoned in Adiala jail. No one was allowed to see him and it is reported that he has been shifted to an unknown place. Mr. Ali Ahmed Kurd, former Vice Chair of the Pakistan Bar Council is in the custody of military intelligence and being kept at an undisclosed place. Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan, President of the Supreme Court Bar is being kept in Adiayala jail in solitary confinement.

Representatives of bar associations should approach their governments to pressure the government of Pakistan to release all lawyers and judges and immediately provide access to Muneer A Malik, Tariq Mahmood, Ali Ahmed Kurd and Aitzaz Ahsan. The bars are also urged to hold press conferences in their country and express their solidarity with the lawyers of Pakistan who are struggling to establish the rule of law.

Asma Jahngir
Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan
Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan


Update @ 1445: Asma Jahangir e-mails her detention order

The following e-mail came in via Omer from Asma Jahangir who is the Secretary General of HRCP (Human Rights Commission Pakistan):

The situation in the country is uncertain. There is a strong crackdown on the press and lawyers. Majority of the judges of the Supreme Court and four High Courts have not taken oath. The Chief Justice is under house arrest (unofficially). The President of the Supreme Court Bar (Aitzaz Ahsan) and 2 former presidents, Mr. Muneer Malik and Tariq Mahmood have been imprisoned for one month under the Preventive Detention laws. The resident of the Lahore High Court Mr. Ahsan Bhoon and former bar leader Mr. Ali Ahmed Kurd have also been arrested. The police is looking or 6 other lawyers, including President of Peshawar and Karachi bar. The President of Lahore bar is also in hiding. There are other scores political leaders who have also been arrested. Yesterday I was house arrested for 90 days. I am sending my detention order (please click here):

Ironically the President (who has lost his marbles) said that he had to clamp down on the press and the judiciary to curb terrorism. Those he has arrested are progressive, secular minded people while the terrorists are offered negotiations and ceasefires. Lawyers and civil society will challenge the government and the scene is likely to get uglier.We want friends of Pakistan to urge the US administration to stop all support of the instable dictator, as his lust for power is bringing the country close to a worse form of civil strife. It is not time for the international community to insist on preventive measures, otherwise cleaning up the mess may take decades. There are already several hundred IDPs and the space for civil society has hopelessly shrunk.

We believe that Musharaf has to be taken out of the equation and a government of national reconciliation put in place. It must be backed by the military. Short of this there are no realistic solutions, although there are no guarantees that this may work.


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