Protest against murder of Zarteef Khan Afridi: “He followed his truth till the end! Respect and Salam”

Protest rally, Hyderabad, Dec 9, 12 noon, Old Campus to Press Club.

Sharing the grief of friends who have suffered this great loss. I first heard of Zarteef Khan Afridi in 1995, when he wrote to Asma Jahangir offering to come to Lahore with a tribal lashkar to protect her when she was under threat during the Salamat Masih case. I met him later at an HRCP meeting in Peshawar. He hosted us in Khyber, showed us the little library he had opened for local children. He told us wanted his daughter to marry of her own choice and not wear a burqa, but his wife told him she would leave him if he encouraged such behaviour. “Our dear dear friend, renowned leftist and human rights activist Comrade Zarteef Khan Afridi, from Jamrud, Khyber Agency was killed this morning in Saparee area of Khyber Agency while on his way to school where he has been teaching for more than two decades. He had been receiving threats from local religious militants for his revolutionary ideology, work on peace and rights in FATA. He was a brave revolutionary and refused to bow down to the pressure. He followed his truth till the end! Respect and Salam,” writes Ismat Shahjehan. His struggle shall not be in vain.

6 Responses

  1. tribal areas and tibal ppl used to be most attrcting things of pak…its pity thst situation has totally changed…ppl like zarteef are symbols ..they should b fowlled…pta nh kya nzr e bad lag gai hy is mulk ko…

  2. Indeed, a very sad moment when one loses even the flicker of hope and resorts to hopelessness.

    I wish and only wish, his struggle shall not go in vain.

  3. He is brave man and regular struggling for human rights and equal rights for every body i slam to him

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