MR. PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN
MIAN NAWAZ SHARIF
SUBJECT: Appeal to ensure safety and release of missing poet and bloggers.
I’m an Indian Urdu novelist and a person who has spoken against fanatic elements of my own country when they had indulged in activities against principle of democracy and secularism. I have also taken part in protest against fundamentalist groups who had been accused of killing writers and critic of rotten religious practices in our country. In addition, I was one of those Indian writers who had returned their respective Awards as symbolic protest against fundamentalism and intolerance.
With this brief introduction about my concerns for principles of secularism and creative fraternity, I am drawing your attention towards missing of the poet and bloggers in your country. Since, Pakistan is a wonderful & cherishing democracy and a country where human dignity and freedom of thought is revered and valued this is saddening that the poet and writers have been made disappeared. Sir, I needn’t to say that it is a serious threat to what you stand for i.e. freedom of thought and freedom of dissent. I have witnessed that you take position for rights of minorities in your country and value contribution of writers and poets.
Sir, it is true that one can disagree with someone’s views on social changes and reforms but in that case we have laws and legal process to punish people who hurt emotions of others or use offensive language But there is no situation in which silencing thinking and disappearance of person would be acceptable as it is against basic principles of Islam and democracy. Sir, you must be aware of ‘mysteriously’ missing of the poet and academic Salman Haider, Waqas Goraya, Aasim Saeed, Ahmed Raza Naseer and Samar Abbas and must have also felt pain of families of these young minds.
Sir, The Interior Minister of Pakistan, Chaudhury Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday 19th January had also taken notice of the matter and stated that there was negative propaganda ongoing on social media against the bloggers. Interior Minister has also stated on 10th January that he was in contact with intelligence agencies and was hopeful of recovery of Salman Haider but now disappointment is increasing with every passing day and hence your intervention is needed in safe and sound recovery of all human rights and social activists.
Sir, I’m appealing to you to look into this critical matter with personal interest and ensure safety of people who want Pakistan a true democratic and secular nation.
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