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ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN:
PEACEFUL PASHTUN ACTIVISTS FACE CRIMINAL CASES

Update info:
30 Mar 2018
Country:
ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN
Subject:
Manzoor Pashteen, Haji Hidayatullah, Ali Wazir, Khan Zaman Kakar and Nawab Ayaz Khan Jogezai,
Gender m/f: male
Period:
30 Apr 2018
Distribution date:
30 Mar 2018
UA No:
061/2018

Criminal cases have been filed against Manzoor Pashteen and other leaders of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (Movement for the Protection of Pashtuns), for peacefully calling for equality and justice for human rights violations against the Pashtun community.

Police filed a “first information report”, effectively a criminal complaint, against Manzoor Pashteen, Haji Hidayatullah, Ali Wazir, Khan Zaman Kakar and Nawab Ayaz Khan Jogezai at Qilla Saifullah station in the south-western Pakistan province of Balochistan, on 13 March 2018. Under draconian sections of the Pakistan Criminal Code Criminal, the men are accused of “provoking with intent to cause riot” and “promoting enmity between different groups” (under section 153 and 153a respectively).

The trumped-up cases appear to be an attempt to smear the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) and punish its leaders for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. The PTM has up to now been a peaceful, grassroots movement demanding equality for Pakistan’s Pashtun community, which has suffered systemic discrimination and human rights violations.

Coming to prominence after a thousand-strong sit-in protest in Islamabad in February 2018, the PTM have continued to peacefully demand equality and justice for human rights violations across the country following a lack of progress by the civilian government to uphold their commitments. The latest rally, of what has become known as the “Pashtun Long March”, took place in Zhob, Balochistan days before the criminal cases were filed.

Take action

Please write immediately in English, Urdu, or your own language to call on the authorities to:

  • Immediately drop criminal cases against Manzoor Pashteen and other leaders of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement;
  • Respect and protect the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement’s rights to freedom of expression and freedom peaceful assembly;
  • Adopt and implement legislation which recognizes and protects human rights defenders; and repeal or amend legislation that violates the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association or place obstacles in the way of legitimate activities to promote and defend human rights.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 30 APRIL 2018 TO:
Inspector General of Police, Balochistan
Mr. Moazzam Jah Ansari
Central Police Office
Quetta, Balochistan
Pakistan
Fax: +92 81 920 1267
Email: blncpo@yahoo.com
Salutation: Dear Inspector General

Chief Minister of Balochistan
Mir Abdul Quddos Bizenjo
Chief Minister Secretariat
Quetta, Pakistan
Phone +92 81 920 1173
Fax: +92 81 920 2240
Dear Chief Minister

And copies to:
Foreign Secretary of Pakistan
Tehmina Janjua
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Islamabad, Pakistan
Email : spokesperson.office@mofa.gov.pk
Phone +92 51 921 1942
Fax: +92 51 920 7217
Twitter: @TehminaJanjua

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.