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Karachi, April 29: Inhuman torture on peaceful women right activists in Islamabad has shown that the sitting government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is not different from past regimes, said Aafia Movement Pakistan leader Dr Fowzia Siddiqui here Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference at her residence Dr Fowzia is Condemning in strongest words the manhandling and arrest of famed human rights activist of Pakistan, Amina Masood Janjua, she termed the sad incident a blemish on the face of present democratic government. She said the brutal police torture on chairperson Defence of Human Rights Pakistan Amina Janjua has proved that the mentality of long dictatorship era still prevails in the country when prima facie there is an elected democratic government in Pakistan. She said inaction of the government on the issue of the daughter of the nation Dr Aafia Siddiqui has already disappointed Pakistani people and showed the level of sincerity of rulers to this national cause. She said Pakistan has already been facing a negative perception in the world regarding the issue of the missing persons and manhandling of lady human right activists would further strengthen this negativity at international level.
She said peaceful protest is the right of every citizen and the government should muster courage to tolerate dissent. She asked if raising voice against violations of human rights is a crime in this country. She said Aafia and Janjua families share same feelings of anguish as their loved ones were whisked away in violation of law and constitution, and they are intimidated when they raise voice for their basic human rights.
Fowzia welcomed the decision of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to release Amina and other protesters and sack the police officers involved in the sad incidents. She asked the government to take steps such incidents are not repeated in future. She expressed solidarity with Amina and her organization and said the volunteers of Aafia Movement fully support her just cause.
Issued by: Aafia Movement Pakistan