Friday, November 16, 2007

Update on Abida Hussain

From her Son, Abid Imam, a lawyer in the US
Syeda Abida Hussain, former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States, former Cabinet Member and Member of Parliament, and presently a member of the Central Working Committee of Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party, was arrested under orders of the present regime in Pakistan earlier today for engaging in the agitation for the restoration of democracy and the rule of law. Some hours later, she was brought back by the police to her residence, which has been declared a sub-jail. She is under indefinite house arrest and is confined to her room and back verandah, with policewomen posted outside her bedroom door, and policemen posted at the gate. All pro-democracy forces in Pakistan today, including the Pakistan People's Party, hope for the speedy release of all political prisoners, lawyers and members of the judiciary, a restoration of the 1973 Constitution, the reinstatement of the dismissed Chief Justice and the dozens of judges that were dismissed along with him. We also desire the repeal of the present administration's extension of the Army Act to apply to all civilians who, if now publicly say or are overhead saying anything critical of the Army or any member of the Armed Forces, are subject to arrest and trial by military courts, in addition to the repeal of the ban on the independent TV channels. All of the foregoing are prerequisites to holding free and fair elections.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I mean no disrespect but there are those who refer to her as The Queen of Lotas

shahid khattak said...

I feel proud for everyone who is in jail or house arrest against this anti-Pakistan government .Here in pakistan there is no law, no manner and no attoquates .Here there is no respect for women and treated with harsh manners .I ashemed to be pakistani over such uncivilized acts.

Anonymous said...

Do you think the chat below got her into trouble?

also, as a pakistani-american, i was offended that she insinuates that pakistani-americans care less than she does about pakistan? I think we live far less cushier lives than she does and I live in the US!

Anyhow read this: Her chat with the WP readers

Anonymous said...

We want LAND REFORMS! Kick the Feudals out of their lands! They are the root-cause behind intolerance and undemocratic attitudes!

Anonymous said...

Our heads bowed in shame at the treatment meted out to great Imran Khan and later, to his sisters. He's pride of this nation & the dictator will have to account for all these acts, ery soon....

Anonymous said...

Musharraf has caused enormous harm to Pakistan during his rule & will continue to do so until thrown out. He must step down so that extremism can be tackled effectively.

Anwar said...

Right now there's just one person who really means what he says and that is Imran Khan. He is our best hope right now for a better future. As for as PPP and its leadership is concerned, they are in cahoots with Musharraf. They plundered this country like hell and now they want us to believe that they will bring justice and prosperity to this nation. Nothing can be more comic than that.
Arrests and bails of PPP leadership are a farce. No right-minded Pakistani is going to fall for that.

Anonymous said...

Who cares about this fat feaudal - Abida?