Once again, international human rights NGOs, media, and even the UN have Pakistan in their sights. As usual, we are accused of ignoring human rights violations. How can this even be possible? As I will now prove to you, Pakistanis are not human rights violators, actually we are the world’s greatest human rights defenders!
Liberals note the abuse of blasphemy laws for land grabbing from religious minorities in Pakistan, but does this mean that we don’t care about minority land rights? No! Many Pakistanis take out massive rallies against land grabbing by Israel.
International media prints reports about an epidemic of violence against women in Pakistan, including cases of rape going unpunished. However, ask any Pakistani man and he will tell you in deep forensic detail about rapes and other abuses faced by women in India.
Human Rights NGOs spread stories about Pakistan security agencies killing unarmed youths and murdering journalists, but does that mean we are ignoring abuses of security agencies? Absolutely not! Obviously these NGOs are the ones ignoring the outcry in our own media against abuses by security agencies in America.
Now once again the UN is pointing fingers at Pakistan over the mysterious disappearance of activists, just like they have pointed fingers over missing persons in Balochistan. Liberals are pointing at social media trends like #WhoAreTheyDefending and #MissingOrRAWterrorists to say that we don’t care about enforced disappearances. Not true! We have been leading all efforts to raise awareness about enforced disappearances in Kashmir.
It is clear that all accusations are part of a world wide conspiracy to defame Pakistan. The proof is clear to anyone willing to admit facts. Pakistanis are the world’s greatest human rights defenders…for everyone except Pakistanis.
Men, women and children belonging to the most marginalized segments of the society including gypsy community, brick kiln workers, sanitary workers, trans-genders, Persons with Disabilities, and religious minorities has questioned the government and the responsible state institutions and departments about their human rights in a Rally held in front of Lahore Press Club on 9th December 2016 under the auspices of Centre for Human Rights Education- Pakistan, with the support of the Members of Rwadari Tehreek and other civil society groups and organizations.
The decision to expel desperate Afghan refugees may have been a humanitarian disaster, but the Interior Ministry’s latest decision raises serious questions about how low the government will go to please foreign leaders. Ahead of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit, officials have informed Turkish teachers that they have three days only to get out of Pakistan.
After a failed coup attempt, Turkey’s authoritarian leader has undertaken a Stalin-esque purge of society that has shocked the conscience of the world.
More than 100,000 people had already been sacked or suspended and 37,000 arrested since the abortive putsch in an unprecedented crackdown President Tayyip Erdogan says is crucial for wiping out the network of Gulen from the state apparatus.
Thousands more academics, teachers, health workers, prison guards and forensics experts were among the latest to be removed from their posts through two new executive decrees published on the Official Gazette late on Saturday.
Now, we have become willing participants in this shameful episode of history. There is no evidence that these humble teachers have any connection to plotters and coup makers.
Some have noted that countries go to war and do much worse things for allies, so why are we so surprised at this? However I think the decision must also be thought about in the terms of current world events. Who will we be willing to turn over to Donald Trump? One what grounds will we protest if a Marine Le Pen government in France begins a purge of Muslims?
Our leaders shout that they will not take dictation from foreign governments, but their promises are hollow. First we got rid of the refugees, now we are willing to get rid of teachers. Who will be next? You?
Entire country’s effort to shame the global community into waking up to the human rights atrocities in Kashmir is encouraging and shows the power that even the common man can have when united behind the cause of justice. Now that we know what is possible, though, we must ask why the same level of effort is not being given to the human rights of our own countrymen. I am speaking of course about the human rights atrocities which are being committed in Balochistan. According to official documents, over 1,000 bullet riddled corpses have been recovered from Balochistan during the last six years.
Ironically, while we are protesting that the entire world is blind to the atrocities in Kashmir, the world has been reporting the human rights situation in Balochistan for years and we are the ones who have been ignoring it. Our Kashmiri brothers and sisters deserve justice and the ability to live without fear of state terrorism, but don’t our Baloch brothers and sisters deserve this also?
Pakistanis are known as the most charitable people of the world. We contribute more troops to UN peacekeeping missions than any other country. We have been outspoken leaders on issues of human rights. Despite all of these undeniable facts, there is still an undeniable problem. Hyperopia is the medical term for farsighted, the condition in which a person can see things clearly when they are at a distance, but those same things fall out of focus when they are close up. Therefore our commitment to human rights is undeniable, but I believe it also suffers from this condition hyperopia.