Report submitted by UZi on the People’s Resistance network on todays protest outside the Karachi Press Club
Around 60 people gathered outside the Karachi Press Club at 03:00 p.m. today to register their protests against the treatment meted out to the Students Action Committee (SAC) rally in Islamabad.
The demonstration was jointly organised by the Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party (CMKP) and the Labour Party of Pakistan (LPP). The call was endorsed by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), International Socialists Pakistan (ISPak), and Peoples Resistance (PR). Continue Reading
Several activists of civil society (the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Peoples Resistance, Women Action Forum, Interntaional Socialists Karachi, Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party, Labour Party of Pakistan, Roots Foundation and others) gathered outside Karachi Press Club today with placards and banners and staged a demonstration against the large scale arrest, severe lathi charge, tear gas attack and unprecedented police brutality on a protest rally of students, civil society activists, lawyers and representatives of the media in Islamabad on Monday, the 17th of December 2007.
The demonstrators chanted slogans against:
Police and states brutalities against peaceful demonstrators in Islamabad yesterday
A joint demonstration has been organised for 03:00 p.m. tomorrow (December 18) outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC), to protest the State’s brutalities against the Students Action Committee (SAC) rally in Islamabad today.
While the protest has been called by the CMKP and the Labour Party of Pakistan (LPP), we appeal to Peoples Resistance, lawyers, students, journalists, labour unions — every citizen — to please join us there. A strong message has to be sent across to the State tomorrow: these atrocities will NOT stop us! Continue Reading
Another large set of images (75+) for people to enjoy, recording the colorful activites that took place when the People’s Resistance welcomed Justice Bhagwandas and Justice Rabbani to Karachi. A detailed report can be read here
A report sent into the People’s Resistance network by UZi giving a detailed and funny narration of the welcome by members of the civil society, judges, lawyers, PR activists, students, laborers and journalists on the arrival of Justice Rana Bhagwandas and Justice Ghulam Rabbani to Karachi from Islamabad
Karachi gave a rousing welcome today to Justice Rana Bhagwandas and Justice Ghulam Rabbani. The two judges were returning to Karachi for the first time since Martial Law (yes, Martial Law) was imposed in Pakistan on November 3, 2007. Justice Bhagwandas and Justice Rabbani are among those heroes who refused to take oath under the Provincial Constitutional Order (aka PCO, or in common parlance, bullshit, aka BS). They were placed under house arrest in Islamabad, and later deposed as a result of their principled stand.
Today’s reception was organized by Peoples Resistance (PR), a loose coalition of NGOs and concerned citizens in Karachi (I hate using the term “civil society”). Although this welcome was in no way comparable to that of BB’s on October 18 [sic], it did however send a very strong statement across to everyone concerned. “We will stand by our heroes, come what may,” today’s event said. Continue Reading
Reports are coming in that Justice Bhangwandas and Justice Rabbani are boarding a flight at 3:00pm from Lahore to insha-allah arrive at 4:45 to Karachi Airport for their first maiden voyage to this city after the upheaval of the November 3rd. People’s Resistance along with lawyers, trade unions and a number of NGO’s have planned to welcome these heroes to Karachi.
Location: Karachi Airport Date: 16th December 2007 (today) Time: 4:45pm
The plan is meet outside McDonald’s at Jinnah Terminal at 4:30 pm and please bring along flags (Black and Pakistan Flags), posters, banners related to judiciary and of course People’s Resistance. You may also bring rose petals if you can to shower these heroes on their welcome. The media is excepted to cover the arrival and we hope to send a strong message across the world that people will not forget the sacrifice made by these honorable judges
Today’s People’s Resistance Regal Chowk rally was a great success with over 500+ participants. During the rally I was able to capture some great images and here I have chosen to publish all the 150+ images while a shorter selection of 40 odd images can be viewed on my Google Web album which might be better suited for the media and layperson. If someone needs a higher resolution image then please drop a request here specifying which image you would like to have.
In all the fracas, the ‘disappeared’ have again disappeared. The detained activist (and US citizen) Dr Safdar Sarki, general secretary of Jeay Sindh Mahaz (JSQM) was finally granted bail only to have it revoked — on Nov 2, the day before the martial law. Instead of being released on bail, he was taken to farflung Zhob jail in Balochistan from Hub (closer to Karachi), said JQSM activists who had come to the Press Club on Dec 10, Human Rights Day, to agitate for his release. They handed out material about his current ill-health (an Out-Door Patients Ticket) dated Nov 23, 2007, which stated that he has retinal degeneration (they said he is in danger of losing his eyesight). The prison doctors in Zhob have advised that he should be sent for consultation to Agha Khan Medical University Karachi as he is also suffering from arthritis and hernia. Continue Reading
The People’s Resistance in collaboration with the Karachi Union of Journalists and the Karachi Press Club is organizing ‘Live with Talat’, featuring the banned Aaj television hosts Talat Hussain along with Nusrat Javeed and Mushtaq Minhas of Bolta Pakistan.
The programme will take place on Wednesday, Dec 12, outside the Karachi Press Club, from 6.00-8.00 pm
Confirmed guests include: Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed, Justice (r) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim, President Sindh High Court Bar Association Justice (r) Rasheed Rizvi and advocate Noor Naz Agha, along with People’s Resistance representative Noman Qadir. The event is free and open to the public. We cordially invite members of the public and the journalists’ community to attend and form the audience at this two-hour long live public event on the pavement outside the Karachi Press Club. Since the seating arrangement for the audience is ‘farshi’, those attending may want to bring their own cushions. Volunteers will strive to ensure that traffic is not disrupted.
Voice of America host Murtaza Solangi covers the People’s Resistance vigil when they were stationed outside the SIUT for the support of Muneer Malik on 8th December. Following the interview VOA does a report on the Codepink activists Meda and Tighe when they returned back to the US after being deported from Pakistan
For the third consecutive Saturday, the People’s Resistance held a vigil at the Karachi Press Club as part of the ongoing protest against restrictions on media through the Pemra Ordinance 2007, the forced ban on shows, presenters, channels and radio programmes. While some media companies have been forced to conform to restrictions and demands, others continue to resist government pressure at great cost.
FM 103 was recently restored after a month but all channels of Geo TV continue to be blocked in Pakistan and the Sindh High Court dismissed as ‘non-maintanable under the PCO’ Geo’s petition to allow at least its non-news channels back on air. Royal TV, closed along with the other channels on Nov 3 is also yet to be restored.
The People’s Resistance stands with the journalists in their ongoing struggle for media freedom against all irritants, including recent amendments in PEMRA ordinance and RPPO, and restrictions on private TV channels and on their editorial content.
Citizens were invited to express their peaceful defiance and join journalists to individually light candles symbolic of the human freedom of thought and expression in the darkness imposed by the martial law-emergency. Participants of the vigil, including children, stamped their hand-prints on a white banner, symbolic of their support and salute to the organizations, journalists, writers, and staff who are standing for freedom of expression.