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The hypocrisy of Pakistan’s leading political party- PTI

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PRANAV JOHRI
PRANAV JOHRI
Hello I am Pranav Johri am I am Delhi.

Recently Pakistan’s leading political party- Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lead by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted in support of the climate activist Disha Ravi.

Imran Khan’s PTI tweeted that “India under Modi/RSS regime believes in silencing all voices against them as they did in IIOJK. Using cricketers & Bollywood celebrities narrative building was shameful enough, but now they have also taken Disha Ravi for custody over Twitter toolkit case.”

Imran Khan’s tweet supporting anti-India elements

This tweet came after Climate activist Disha Ravi was arrested on 13 February 2021 for alleged involvement with an online toolkit related to Greta Thunberg and the 2020-21 Farmer protest. Police alleged that Disha and others “collaborated with pro-khalistani Poetic Justice Foundation to spread disaffection against the Indian State.”

But the ironic thing is that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) commented on this even though their country and their army is doing the exact same thing. Yes that Pakistan where people celebrate when they kill an Ahmedi person in Peshawar court who was under trail for blasphemy case, that Pakistan who is responsible for killing of brave Baloch leaders like Sajid Baloch or Karima Baloch or brave journalist like Shaheena Shaheen. Pakistan is known to be the curse land for true journalism and activism. Pakistan comes at 145th place at the 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Here are the names of the activist and journalist on which Pakistan’s government and army tried to reduce the voices and their determination:

IDRIS KHATTAK

Idris Khattak, a Pakistani human rights activist and worker of the Balochistan-based National Party went “missing” and became a victim of enforced disappearance. He has been missing since 13 November 2019. He was forcibly disappeared in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by an unidentified group. No one knew about him until June 2020 when Pakistan authority acknowledged that he has been in the custody. Idris is now charged with “spying” among other offense, related to his monitoring of violations by military forces in 2009.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan condemns the arrest of activist IDRIS KHATTAK

MOHAMMED ISMAIL, father of Gulalai Ismail

Mohammed Ismail, a retired professor of Urdu and member of a Pakistani NGO was arrested by the Counter Terrorism Department on charges of sedition, criminal conspiracy and under the Anti Terrorism Act of Pakistan. He is the father of Gulalai Ismail ,who is in exile in USA and she is an activist in the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) campaigning for Pashtun human rights, and previously served as a board member of Humanists International. She fled to US as she felt that she was in danger from the Pakistani army for speaking and raising her voice against the sexual assault and forced disappearance carried by the Pakistani army. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an independent monitoring group, in a statement said the case against professor Ismail and the “interminable cycle of ludicrous charges, arrests and court dates are nothing more than heavy-handed tactics targeting his daughter — a respected rights activist”.

As per February 2021 , Gulalai Ismail tweeted that Anti-Terrorism court Peshawar has refused bail to her father Professor Muhammad Ismail, despite of fragile post-COVID health and knowing that the intent of this case was mala-fide.

Tweet of Gulalai Ismail as on 15th Feb 2021.

MANZOOR AHMAD PASHTEEN

Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen is a Pashtun human rights activist from South Waziristan, Pakistan. Pashteen, a charismatic speaker and a defender of the Pashtun ethnic group, has been thrust into the spotlight as leader of this new movement. On January 2020 Manzoor was arrested for alleged conspiracy and sedition.

Human rights advocates immediately criticized the arrest, saying the government was misusing laws banning sedition, conspiracy, hate speech and intimidation to stifle legitimate dissent. Large number of people gathered in support of Manzoor Ahmed Pashteen and #ReleaseManzoorPashteen was trending on twitter.

MATIULLAH JAN

Matiullah Jan is a senior Pakistan Journalist who is known to have critical views against the military establishment of Pakistan. He was kidnapped from a school where his wife teaches, a day ahead of his appearance at Pakistan’s Supreme Court by armed men in uniform. Many videos started trending showing how Matiullah was kidnapped. Lot of people including big journalist supported him and made this a trending topic . He was later released after 12 hours after being abducted.

Popular Pakistani journalist HAMID MIR tweets a videos showing abduction of Matiullah Jan.

There are many more instances as well because of which Pakistan is not considered a safe country for true and fair journalism. After Chinese investing in CPEC it is believed that Pakistan also is hiring the ideology of Chinese that is harming and torturing the media. Pakistan’s government in power should stop making its citizen fool .The Prime Minister of Pakistan and his party PTI should concentrate on the problems of the Pakistani people and Pakistani economy and should not comment on the Internal matters of India.

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PRANAV JOHRI
PRANAV JOHRI
Hello I am Pranav Johri am I am Delhi.
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