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Top activist 'won't bow to threats'
Asma Jahangir demands govt protection from 'spy agency death plot'
- Ayyaz Gulzar, Karachi
- June 11, 2012
Jahangir, a former UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary and Summary Executions and the chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, last week accused the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of plotting to kill her.
Rights groups have also moved quickly to pledge support for Jahangir, who is an outspoken critic of the military establishment.
â€śI have been threatened ever since I started campaigning for human rights and have never complained, but this time I have learned of an assassination plot by the ISI. Their chief met me to deny any such plan and demanded the names of those who revealed the plot, but I refused to tell him,â€ť said Jahangir.
â€śMany senior military men have suggested I leave the country but I have decided to face the threat. Now it is the governmentâ€™s responsibility to protect me,â€ť she said.
She was speaking during a video conference at the weekend held at the Arts Council in Karachi.
The event was organized by Citizen for Democracy (CFD), a forum of 80 NGOs, and was attended by more than 1,000 human rights activists who pledged support for Jahangir.
â€śI called her as soon as I heard her life was in danger. We are praying for her and condemn all assassination plots and threats,â€ť said Father Emmanuel Yousaf Mani, national director of the Catholic Bishops' National Commission for Justice and Peace.
â€śJahangir stood by us on many occasions and we appreciate her struggle for human rights.â€ť