Egypt police then and now – remembering May 25, 2005

Egypt is the second biggest recipient of American aid and military hardware, long used by the Mubarak regime to brutalise the people. The Egyptian police are even more brutal than in Pakistan. Watching the situation now on Al Jazeera livestream, when the police have been forced to retreat before the might of the people, I remembered the time some years back when they humiliated and stripped women protestors in public – I posted a message out to my yahoogroup back in May 2005 Eyewitness testimonies: Molestation of Democracy in Egypt. Around the world people observed solidarity with the protestors in Egypt, responding to a call to wear black on Jun 1, 2005. I later wrote this article, posted to my yahoogroup as Personal Political: Women, public space, Cairo and Lahore – copied below. Imagine if there had been twitter and facebook then… Continue reading

Punjab government urged to enact Right to Information law

From Zahid Abdullah of CDPI:

Press Release
Punjab government urged to enact Right to information law for province

Islamabad, January 25, 2011: Despite being the biggest province that houses well over half country’s total population, province of Punjab has not carry out legislation on right to information, effectively denying its residents access to information held by provincial departments. PML N leadership has been championing the cause of transparent and open government and its leader Mian Nawaz Sharif has exerted pressure on the federal government to be more open and transparent in its functioning. Continue reading

Stand with PMA at doctors’ protest: Jan 31, 11.30 am, Karachi

PMA protest walk (update: postponed pending negotiations with government)

From Pakistan Medical Association:

Dear CIVIL SOCIETY Friends,
Walk with Joint Action Committee of Doctors
Monday, 31st January, 11.30am
From PMA House to Karachi Press Club
Wear Black

For press release and details see Dr Sarwar blog

Khuda hafiz Nagori

Nagori in Karachi, Feb 2008

Irreverent, bold, and passionate – that’s how I remember Nagori, who was very much part of the struggle – and particularly supportive of the Women’s Action Forum – against Gen. Zia’s military dictatorship. The last time I met him was in Feb 2008 when he gave a wonderful presentation of his work before a small group of people.

Isa Daudpota sent this brief slide show of three photos of Nagori with the note: “The hand with the cacti is Nagori’s. I took it on the Khi-Hyd highway. My photo with him was taken at Aijaz Qureshi’s house. Continue reading

Activism continues

ACTIVISM: The struggle for a democratic Pakistan continues – See Citizens for Democracy blog – some events below:
* Jan 15, 02:30 pm, Islamabad: Rally for a Tolerant Pakistan – In front of National Press Club, opposite Mr.Books, F-6, Islamabad.

* Jan 15, 5.30 pm, Lahore: Liberty Roundabout – Candlelight vigil against justification of violence in society. Pls join, bring candles & placards, invite others.

* Jan 16,Sunday, 2.00 pm, Hyderabad Press Club. Peace Forum is organizing a conference on AMAN and RAWADARI.

* Jan 18, 5.00 pm, Karachi: Reference for Salmaan Taseer, Arts Council.

All this is part of the ongoing struggle for democracy and democratic spaces in Pakistan.

Act against vigilantism, incitements to violence

Endorse the Request for Suo Moto action against vigilantism, incitement to violence posted at the Citizens for Democracy blog

See report on Karachi citizens and their complaint filed against Sultan Masjid Imam for instigating violence (complainants included Shaan Taseer and Sherry Rehman)

Statement on assassination of Salmaan Taseer

Copy of a pamphlet including contact details of those threatening Sherry Rehman and anyone else who supports amendments to the 'blasphemy laws', distributed today in Karachi after Friday prayers

Citizens for Democracy, Pakistan:

Position and Press Statement on assassination of Salmaan Taseer

Karachi: Citizens for Democracy (CFD), a nation-wide umbrella group of political parties, trade unions, professional organisations, NGOs and individuals, strongly condemns the cold-blooded and cowardly murder of Salmaan Taseer.

The unarmed Governor of Punjab was shot in the back in the most cowardly manner by one of his own bodyguards on Jan 4, 2011, following a concerted propaganda campaign that falsely accused him of having been disrespectful to the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon on Him). This campaign was conducted in the media and through the mosques. Continue reading

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