What were you like when you were 14? #SaveShafqat

Shafqat Hussain, photo taken before he left Muzaffarabad more than 10 years ago.

Shafqat Hussain, photo taken before he left Muzaffarabad more than 10 years ago.

Who is Shafqat, why is he being hanged, and why should we care? What were you like when you were 14? Please watch this lovely little video (also embedded below) and act to save Shafqat Hussain, death warrant issued (again) for Thursday, March 19. Shafqat was 14 when he left his village in Muzaffarabad, AJK, to go to Karachi looking for work. He was dirt-poor and resourceless, tortured into confession for the murder of a child, tried under the Anti-Terrorism Act (because the murder ‘spread terror in the neighbourhood’). The government-appointed lawyer never provided proof of his age. He was 15 when the court sentenced him to death. He has now been on death row for 10 years. In January, his execution was stopped under pressure from people like us. Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar had promised a re-investigation into the case. That never happened. There has been no medical exam conducted for his age, and the state-provided birth certificate that proves his age has not been taken into account. Read Fatima Bhutto’s eloquent plea in NYT to save Shafqat

If you want to call Chaudhry Nisar’s office, it’s +92-51-9212026 – dial now and appeal to #SaveShafqat demand a medical inquiry for his age. Halt his execution!

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6 Responses

  1. Is there any legal authority (like India) in Pakistan, who comes foreword to assist legal help to Shafqat?

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    • Dear Bhatia ji – There are legal aid offices working to save him. At this moment, his execution has been stayed. Thank you.

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  2. Reblogged this on Journeys to democracy.

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  3. I really hope they cancel his hanging altogether. It seems that the impoverished are often the most disenfranchised when it comes to the right to life.

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  4. Reblogged this on ARFA's BLOGGING BOOK and commented:
    #SaveShafqat

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  5. Reblogged

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