Petitioning Prime Minister / Foreign Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and 5 others

Pakistan: Minimum Common Agenda against violence in name of religion

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Reviving the statement originally drafted in March, 2015 and already signed by the individuals below

Pakistan: Minimum Common Agenda to curb violence in the name of religion

The organisations and individuals represented here comprise a global movement of concerned Pakistanis opposed to violent extremism in the name of religion. We unequivocally condemn such violence. We envision a Pakistan free of bigotry and oppression, a polity where all Pakistanis can coexist peacefully and where diversity in religious thought and belief is accepted and respected. We agree on the following minimum agenda:

  1. We stand for human rights and equal citizenship rights for all Pakistanis.
  2. We oppose Takfir (declaring anyone a non-Muslim/Kafir) and subjecting anyone to persecution on that basis. We demand that takfir be treated and tried as hate-speech. 
  3. We demand that the Government of Pakistan take immediate action against all forms of hate speech which may be defined as words, spoken or written, that incite violence and hatred against any community based on their religious affiliations.
  4. We demand that the Government of Pakistan act against any extra-judicial killings or violence in the name of religion and false accusations of “blasphemy”. We demand the reform of Pakistan’s laws specifically related to the “blasphemy laws”.
  5. We demand that the Government and institutions of the state not be party to campaigns that mislead the public about ‘blasphemous content’ on digital media. The Government and state institutions should in fact lead efforts to raise awareness about these issues.
  6. We support the rule of law and due process. We demand that the Government enhance the capacity of law enforcing agencies to deal with crime and violence at the local level (that often feed into other levels). 
  7. We demand that educational curriculum at all levels should include teachings that promote compassion, tolerance and respect for human rights. Text books should be revised to expunge any material that incites or preaches hatred and/or violence against any community or section of society.
  8. We demand that the Government of Pakistan act against banned outfits and individuals operating in the name of religion. The Government must also publicize the list of banned outfits engaged in sectarian and religious violence and proceed legally against them.
  9. We demand that Pakistani electronic media regulation be improved to effectively penalise radio and television channels that give airtime to those who engage in hate speech and hold accountable media persons who openly incite violence in the name of religion.
  10. We demand that the Government immediately freeze assets of banned outfits and of those who are associated with them and take all measures to permanently cut off their sources of domestic and international financing. The Government should impose sanctions, including travel restrictions, on such outfits and individuals.

Endorsed (alphabetical order):

  1. Aaliya Naqvi-Hai, Finance and Nonprofit professional, San Francisco
  2. Aasia Paro Arif, New York  
  3. Abdul Qadeer, Software Engineer, Frankfurt, Germany
  4. Abdur Rehman, Teacher, Lahore
  5. Abdul lHamid Bashani Khan Barrister/writer/Analyst
  6. Adam Malik, Forum for Secular Pakistan, Karachi
  7. Afia Salam Freelance journalist Karachi
  8. Ahsan Butt, self-employed (freelance English to Urdu translator), Lahore
  9. Ahmer Shaheen, Journalist / Editorial Advisor Geo and Jang Group, Pakistan
  10. Ali Abbas Sikander, Banker, Karachi
  11. Ali Alam. Architect. Karachi, Pakistan
  12. Ali Ashtar Naqvi, Lawyer, Lahore/Boston
  13. Ali Kazmi, Activist, Lahore
  14. Ali Naqvi, Investment Manager, New York City
  15. Anis Haroon, former Chair, Pakistan Womens Commission
  16. Anjum Mansoori, Peace Activist, VR1 - Alliance against Terrorism, Lahore
  17. Aquila Ismail, Author, Karachi
  18. Arafat Mazhar, Activist at Engage, Lahore
  19. Asif Alam, Financial Services, New York
  20. Asifa Tirmizi, Architect, New York City
  21. Asma Jahangir, advocate, Supreme Court Pakistan, ex-Chair Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
  22. Asma Maladwala, Educationist, Student, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
  23. Atif Mian, Economist/Professor, Princeton
  24. Ayesha Ahmed, Teacher, Camp Hill Pennsylvania/Islamabad
  25. Ayesha Ijaz Khan, Lawyer/Writer, London
  26. Beena Sarwar, journalist, Boston/Karachi
  27. Dr. Eric Rahim, honorary lecturer in economics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
  28. Faisal Sherjan, media specialist, Lahore/Karachi
  29. Farhana Shakeel. Religious Scholar. Edison, New Jersey.
  30. Farahnaz Ispahani, Politician and Human Rights advocate. Karachi/Washington,DC
  31. Fawzia Naqvi, Economic Development, New York City
  32. Fayeza Khan, Scientist, Perth
  33. Fereshteh Feri Rawanian, Textile Buyers Agent, Karachi, Pakistan
  34. Ghayur Naqvi, PhD student, Santiago de Chile
  35. Dr. Habiba Hasan, Paediatrician and human rights activist. Karachi. Pakistan
  36. Hassan Raza - Student - Soical Activist - Islamabad
  37. Huma Ahmar, Educationist, Activist & Writer, Karachi Pakistan
  38. Huma M. Thaver, Educationist and Activist, Karachi, Pakistan
  39. Husna Zafar, Life Long Educationist, Los Angeles
  40. Ibrahim S. Malick, Technologist/Writer, New York, NY
  41. Ilmana Fasih, Dr., Gynecologist, health activist, Mississauga, Canada/Karachi
  42. Iqbal Alavi, Forum for Secular Pakistan, Karachi
  43. Javed Qazi, advocate, Forum for Secular Pakistan, Karachi
  44. Junaid Zuberi, Financal Advisor, Toronto ON Canada
  45. Kamila Nasiruddeen Mazari, Educationalist, Singapore
  46. Kashif Haqqi, Healthcare, Boston MA
  47. Lubna Sami, Lead Interior Stylist & Business Owner, Mississauga Canada
  48. Madeeha Channah, health worker, Boston/Karachi
  49. Madiha Batool, pharmacist,lahore
  50. Madiha Waris Qureshi, development writer/editor, Washington, D.C.
  51. Malik Omaid, writer/activist. work for Pakteahouse blog
  52. Masood Akhtar, Social activist and working for 1947partitionarchive, Rawalpindi Pakistan
  53. Mehnaz Rokerya, Entrepreneur/Businesswoman, Chino Hill, California
  54. Moaaz Al' Hasan Khan, Film-Maker/Director/Cinematographer, Karachi Pakistan
  55. Mohammad Jibran Nasir, Lawyer, Pakistan For All
  56. Mohsin Sayeed, Writer/Social Commentator, Citizens For Democracy, Karachi
  57. Mona Kazim Shah Journalist/Human Rights Activist/Physician Dallas TX
  58. Muhammad Hasan, banker, Houston/Toronto/Karachi
  59. Muhammad Arif Khan, student and social activist Mardan
  60. Muhammad Mehdi, Student and Activist, Karachi, Pakistan
  61. Muneer Memon, Forum for Secular Pakistan, Karachi
  62. Mustafa Kamil Kidwai, Technology Consultant, London
  63. Mustafa Menai, Urdu-Hindi Faculty, University of Pennsylvania
  64. Nadia Naviwala, independent researcher, writer, Islamabad
  65. Nadra Huma Ahmar, Educationist, Activist and Writer, Karachi Pakistan
  66. Naeem Sadiq, social activist, Karachi
  67. Nafisa Haji, writer, Turkey
  68. Naheed Moini, Candle Maker, Karachi Pakistan
  69. Najma Siddiqi, Social Activist, Technical Adviser Leadership and Governance at the World Bank - Washington DC
  70. Nasir Shafiq, Solicitor, London.  
  71. Nasser Ahmad, Investor, New York City
  72. Naveed Lotia, Banker, Mississauga/Karachi.
  73. Naziha Syed Ali, journalist, Citizens For Democracy, Karachi
  74. Neelum Amin, Chicago
  75. Noman Quadri, Citizens for Democracy (CFD), Karachi
  76. Nuscie Jamil, activist, Lahore
  77. Rahat Saeed Social, Cultural, Literary and Peace Activist, Karachi
  78. Raza Rumi, journalist, Washington DC/Lahore
  79. Raza Ali, Software Developer, Cambridge, UK
  80. Rubab Mehdi Rizvi, human rights activist, London, UK
  81. Saadia Ahmed, activist/blogger, Lahore/Dubai
  82. Sabiha Shaheen, Executive Director, Bargad Organization for Youth Development, Gujranwala
  83. Sabreena Khalid, Law Student, Boston
  84. Saeeda Diep, peace activist, Institute for Peace and Secular Studies, Lahore Pakistan
  85. Sahar Naqvi, Student, New York City/Montreal
  86. Saima S. Hussain, Writer, Toronto
  87. Saima Qadir, sustainable infrastructure finance, Washington DC/Lahore
  88. Sajjad Anwar Mansoori, Communications Strategist, Sufism for Peace And Co-Existence (SPACE), Lahore
  89. Salma Basravi, Realtor, Glendale CA USA
  90. Salma Mahmud / Teacher / Toronto & Karachi
  91. Saleem Ahmad, Banker, London/Lahore
  92. Seema Jaffer, Communications, Karachi,
  93. Saiyid Ali Naqvi, Author, New York City /Karachi
  94. Sehr Salman Sarwar, Public Affairs Consultant, London/Dubai 
  95. Sehyr Mirza, Freelance Journalist, Lahore
  96. Seemi Andrabi, Physician, Washington DC
  97. Shaan Taseer, Chartered Accountant, Lahore
  98. Shaila Andrabi, Community Activist, Claremont, California
  99. Shaheen Pirzada, Cambridge MA
  100. Shabih Haider, Assistant Prof. (Retired), Teaching, Karachi, 
  101. Shahid Mustafa, Banker, Karachi
  102. Shoaib Taimur, Blogger/Entrepreneur, Karachi 
  103. Shumail Zaidi, Trainer Countering Violence Extremism, Pakistan Youth Alliance, Activist, Karachi
  104. Sibtain Naqvi, Blogger and Educationist 
  105. Sophie Ali, Media, New York City
  106. Sumbla Pervaiz, Teacher/Trainer, Boca Raton, Florida
  107. Subuhi Asheer, Policy Research, Princeton
  108. Syed Shams Haider, Ex-Parliamentarian/Politician, Lahore
  109. Syed Hussein El-Edroos, Trainer & Consultant, Islamabad
  110. Syed Shehroz Hussain, Engineering student, Worcester, MA / Peshawar, Pakistan.
  111. Syeda Sara, Economist, Detroit/Toronto
  112. Tahira Dosani, Investor, Washington DC
  113. Tahir Andrabi, CEO CERP, Economist/Professor, Pomona College, California
  114. Talal Ahmed, Graduate Student at Brandeis University, Boston, USA
  115. Dr. Taskeen Humayun, pediatrician, Rawalpindi,Pakistan
  116. Tehmina Khan, Physician, Los Angeles ,USA
  117. Tuba Syed, Auditor and concerned Pakistani, San Francisco/Bay Area and Karachi
  118. Umaima Ghori, Student and Blogger, Toronto/Karachi
  119. Waqas Ali Zaheer, Vice Chairman Democratic Students Federation, Karachi
  120. Wasif Rashid, Islamabad
  121. Yamna Rehman, Researcher, Engineer, Islamabad.
  122. Zaineb Majoka, Data Analyst/Development worker, Washington D.C
  123. Zahid Ali Akbar, Barrister and Director ZaakbarLaw Limited. London
  124. Zahid F. Ebrahim, Lawyer, Karachi
  125. Zakia Sarwar, teacher trainer and ESL specialist, Karachi

 

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Prime Minister / Foreign Minister
    Mian Nawaz Sharif
  • Interior Minister
    Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan
  • Information Minister
    Marriyum Aurangzeb
  • Chief Justice
    Mian Saqib Nisar
  • Chief of Army Staff
    Qamar Javed Bajwa
  • Foreign Ministry


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