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Activists stand behind 'nation's Suu Kyi'
Thousands voice support for 'threatened' lawyer Asma JahangirAsma Jahangir at protest meeting in Lahore
- ucanews.com reporter, Lahore
- June 18, 2012
âI tell those who plan to kill Asma Jahangir that her voice can never be silenced and will only become more louder. We shall continue to stand by herâ, said Father Emmanuel Yousaf Mani, national director of the Catholic Bishopsâ National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP).
He was addressing a forum organized by the Joint Action Committee for Peopleâs Rights (JAC) in Lahore on Friday. More than 5,000 people attended the event to voice their anger at an alleged plot by the Inter-Services Intelligence to kill Jahangir, whoÂ is theÂ chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
Speakers, including lawyers and human rights workers, praised Jahangir for her four decades of struggle for human rights, and demanded a high level investigation into the claims and security for Jahangir, who has already survived two assassination attempts.
âThere is impending danger that she might disappear or fall victim to a target killing. Jahangir is a symbol of the impartial voice and spirit of Pakistan. It is unfortunate that there are conspiracies to eliminate her; we have already lost so many precious lives,â said Peter Jacob executive secretary of the NCJP.
Imtiaz Alam Secretary General South Asia Free Media Association, called Jahangir the Pakistani Suu Kyi, likening the rights lawyer to Myanmarâs pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
âOur country is on a life support. We want a true democratic state, not a playground for terrorists and Jihad,â he said.
In a press statement, the JAC branded the alleged conspiracy âan insidious attempt to silence the people through terror.â
âIt is a conspiracy âŚ against all Pakistani citizens, the rule of law, freedom of opinion and dissent as well as to undermine a fragile democracy. This state within a state should be brought under the laws of the land,â the statement said.
Thanking her supporters, JahangirÂ said that she would not let the threats deter her from her work.
âAgencies are now visiting NGO offices asking questions; we are being harassed.TheÂ policy of hate, corruption, Jihadi culture andÂ fundamentalism are all gifts from army generals,â she said.
Top activist âwonât bow to threatsâ