GOJRA PETITION

Please sign your name to the statement below. We hope to send this to the relevant authorities within the next couple of days. Please include your full name and, if applicable, institutional affiliation.

We are also, again, collecting funds for distribution to the local relief committee; the affected families really are in dire straits. Please email us at progpak[at]wordpress.com to help.

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To:  Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif (cspunjab@punjab.gov.pk)

CC:  Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani (secretary@cabinet.gov.pk); Governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer (governor.sectt@punjab.gov.pk); Supreme Court of Pakistan (mail@supremecourt.gov.pk); Chief Secretary of Punjab; Office of the Revenue Department (revenue@punjab.gov.pk);  District Coordination Officer Toba Tek Singh; Executive District Officer (Revenue) Toba Tek Singh; District Officer Revenue; Deputy District Officer Revenue Gojra

BCC: Haji Muhammad Ishaq

It has come to our attention that on May 27, 2010, the houses of more than one hundred families living in Garha were demolished on the orders of the Deputy District Officer (Revenue). Families that had been living in the village for decades were given no prior notice, and were evicted violently and manifestly against their will–many residents were injured in the course of defending their homes from the Tehsil Municipality Administration (TMA).

Indeed, all arms of the local administration have colluded in this outrageous act: they have registered cases against 68 of the victims, removed the trees in the neighborhood, and callously cut the electricity and water supply. As a result of all this, these families now have no shelter, no medical care, and minimal resources with which to feed themselves.

A senior journalist, Arshad Mehmood Nasir, was also shot in both legs after he revealed the perpetrators of this crime–none other, it seems, than Provincial Minister for Revenue Haji Muhammad Ishaq (PPP).

Ishaq was also notoriously involved, last year, in an incident in which his entourage assaulted police officers, after those officers had moved to arrest two of Ishaq’s ghundas for openly displaying and firing weapons at a political rally.

As persons of conscience, we demand justice for the residents of Garha. The sheer gall of Ishaq and the local establishment is unconscionable. We urge you to take notice of this case, and to take
urgent measures to right the horrific wrongs done to these families and Nasir Sb., and to call all of their attackers to account.

The government must further provide immediate and full compensation to the victims of these crimes, restore their water/electricity supply, address their urgent medical needs, and see to whatever else the local committee deems necessary.

We are watching these events closely.

Sincerely,

(Sign Below)

§ 3 Responses to GOJRA PETITION

  • Farooq Tariq says:

    What a shame that a PPP Punjab minister is invloved in demolishing the homes of the poor

  • The INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST STATE RELIGION

    My dear friends,

    Let me refresh your memory. You all know that on August 11, 1947 Mr. Jinnah in his 1st Presidential Address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan said that religion has nothing to do with the business of the State.

    You may be pleased to observe that none of the Parliamentarians, till the writing of these lines, has deemed it fit and proper to heed the ideas of the founder of Pakistan on the relation of Religion and State. Thus, it is our humane duty that we must not forget August 11, 1947; that it is the time to remember this day; so, let us remember August 11, 1947. Let us do so in the name of the Universal Human Rights.

    What is the best constitutional, non-violent and peaceful way to remember August 11, 1947?

    I have the honor to propose that we must celebrate this DAY as The INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST STATE RELIGION. .

    Let us request the United Nations to fix this 11th day of August as the INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST STATE RELIGION.

    Let us start an active, effective, and meaningful movement at national and worldwide level carefully calculated to convince the United Nations to fix this 11th day of August as the INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST STATE RELIGION.

    The “INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST STATE RELIGION” will remind the civilized world that all the non-Muslims as well as non-believers of Pakistan are the HALF CITIZENS; so, they must be FULL CITIZENS at once. The first requirement to win the right of FULL CITIZENSHIP is to DEMAND repeal of the STATE RELIGION from the Constitution of Pakistan.

    Here I would like to share with you the quote of Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” So, let the good men and women do something. Let us make a DEMAND for and on behalf the Half-citizens of Pakistan. Demand is must. According to Frederick Douglass the State Power concedes nothing without a DEMAND. It never did and it never will. In short the DEMAND against the State Religion is must.

    In solidarity with the HALF CITIZENS of Pakistan, let us celebrate August 11 as the “INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST STATE RELIGION.” I hope that the celebration of such Day (IDASR) will set individuals and groups in motion to openly express their views against the State Religion of Pakistan. Let us urge all the countries of Asia, Europe and all the other civilized nations around the world including United Nations to recognize this DAY.

    I do hereby request you all to find time to visit the above website and honor it with your kind views carefully calculated to recognize August 11 as “INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST STATE RELIGION.”

    With best wishes and profound regards.

    Yours truly,
    (G M LAKHO)
    Advocate/Proposer of
    (1) THE INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST STATE RELIGION ,
    (2) THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE STATE RELIGION OF PAKISTAN &
    (3) THE MOVEMENT FOR RENAMING PAKISTAN AS INDUS REPUBLIC

  • My dear Humanists,

    Please care to SIGN this petition in solidarity with the victims of the State Religion of Pakistan, namely, non-Muslims and non-believers. Let the United Nations recognize “The International Day Against State Religion”.

    Here is the link of the Petition:

    The Secretary-General, United Nations: Recognize “The International Day Against State Religion”

    I hope this link will appear with this comment, and that it will not be forced to disappear from this comment.

    In case, the administrator of this webpage does not feel inclined to accept my submission; then, I have no option except to urge you

    Please click on my name herein above and it will lead you to the website of Change Org where you will find my petition, the secretary general united nations, recognize international day against state religion.

    Or

    You may be pleased to google these words: Petition International Day Against State Religion.

    The google will show you the website of Change Org. You may click the Change Org, read the petition The Secretary-General, United Nations: Recognize “The International Day Against State Religion”, and SIGN it.

    Then, you all, being honorable co-signatories of this petition may request the administrator of this website to post it here on this website enabling its Humanist members to sign it.

    At the same time, for the sake of your convenience and ready reference, I have the honor to reproduce the contents of the petition as under:

    “Petition for recognizing “The International Day Against State Religion” by the United Nations in solidarity with victims of the State Religion, namely, non-Muslims and non-believers of Pakistan.

    “To,
    The Secretary-General,
    United Nations,
    UN Headquarters,
    New York.

    “Please take active, effective and meaningful steps for recognizing “The International Day Against State Religion” by the United Nations in solidarity with victims of the State Religion, namely, non-Muslims and non-believers of Pakistan.

    “The life of non-Muslims and non-believers of Pakistan is as good as hell thanks to the “State Religion” of Pakistan. Thus, the need of the time is to declare that the “State Religion” is hit by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    “The eleven (11) words of Mr. M.A. Jinnah, the Founder of Pakistan, are on the record: religion has nothing to do with the business of the State. Thus, he spoke on August 11, 1947 in his 1st Presidential Address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan against the “State Religion”.

    “None of the members of the Parliament of Pakistan has cared to pay respect to the eleven (11) words of Mr. M.A. Jinnah, the Founder of Pakistan since August 11, 1947. The proof is the “State Religion” in the Constitution of Pakistan.

    “None of the Parliamentarians of Pakistan is ready and willing to heed the ideas of the Founder of Pakistan on the relation of Religion and State.

    “Under these facts and circumstances, it may be the humane duty of United Nations to recognize and celebrate the 11th day of August, 1947 as the INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST STATE RELIGION in the name of the Universal Human Rights in solidarity with non-Muslims and non-believers of Pakistan.

    “Let the United Nations come for the help of the victims of the “State Religion” in Pakistan as well as around the globe. And, let the 11th day of August, 1947 be recognized as the INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST STATE RELIGION.”

    Please click my name, visit the website, and sign this petition in the name of Humanism/Humanity.

    With best wishes and profound regards.

    Yours truly,
    G M Lakho
    Advocate
    Supreme Court of Pakistan

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