Dictator & Absconder Pervez Musharaf is not welcome at SOAS
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Subject: Cancellation of permission to host an event for perpetrator of state-sponsored terrorism and terror-supporter and absconder General (r) Pervez Musharraf
Administration of School of Oriental and African Studies
We, the concerned citizens, demand that permission to host an event honouring a war-criminal and terror-sympathiser General (r) Pervez Musharraf on the premises of School of Oriental and African Studies, at Khalili Lecture Theatre on August 24th, 2017 at 1:30 pm shall be cancelled. We strongly believe that allowing of this event will send the wrong message that London is open to genocidal war criminals and will tarnish the name and image of SOAS, University of London and the British Government.
General (r) Pervez Musharraf has been involved in numerous international and domestic war crimes and crimes against humanity. Some of his many crimes include:
- Hosting of world's most wanted terrorist in history, Osama bin Laden, next to Military Academy Kakul (Pakistan's Sandhurst) from 2004 to 2011. Musharraf was President and Army Chief from 2004-2008 and his subordinate become the Army Chief from 2008 to 2011. It is unfathomable how such a high profile terrorist could have managed to hide at such a prime location without approval from the top authorities including the then Army Chief.
- Two coups against the people of Pakistan. Musharraf conducted his first coup in 1999 and second in 2007. Subsequently, Pakistan's membership to the Commonwealth of Nations was suspended from 18th Oct 1999 to 22 May 2007 and from 22 Nov 2007 to 22 May 2008. The suspension of an entire country's membership because of the actions of one individual suggest how serious Musharraf's actions were considered by the Commonwealth of Nations.
- Hosting of numerous other terrorists including, but not restricted to, former heads of the Taliban Mullah Omer (died Pakistan 2013), Mullah Mansour (killed in drone strike 2016), the entire leadership of the Haqqani group and numerous other groups. These individuals and groups have been involved in attacks on British and NATO troops and citizens in Afghanistan.
- The murder of high profile opposition leaders including former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Former Chief Minister of Balochistan Nawab Akbar Bugti. In a letter to her friend Mark Siegel Benazir Bhutto had written "[in the case of death] I will hold Musharraf responsible. I have been made to feel insecure by his minions and there is no way what is happening in terms of stopping me from taking [adequate security protections such as] private cars or using tinted windows or giving jammers [etc] ... without him." An anti-terror court in Pakistan has already issued arrest warrants for Musharraf over the death of former Chief Minister Akbar Bugti.
- Genocide of people of Balochistan and numerous human rights abuses against people of Pakistan. The Musharraf regime (2000-2008) initiated a genocide of indigenous Baloch people which continues to this date. During a hearing at the UN's Human Rights Council in March, T. Kumar, the international advocacy director at Amnesty International USA, accused the government of Pakistan of sponsoring a "systematic policy of enforced disappearances, torture, and executions of Baloch people." Numerous other human rights organizations have also held this opinion.
Today Pervez Musharraf is an absconder on numerous murder and treason charges from Pakistan with multiple arrest warrants out for him. The Pakistani courts are unable to proceed against him because of the military's pressure and for the safety of their lives.
In light of Pervez Musharraf's long history of well-documented crimes against law and people of Pakistan, it is unfathomable how an esteemed institution such as the School of Oriental and African Studies would allow such an event to take place on its premises. These events not only further embolden criminals such as Musharraf but also inadvertently endorse the wrong values, which are inconsistent with British values of free-speech, democracy, rule of law and respect for human life.
We, therefore, demand that the above event dated August 24th at time 1:30 Pm be cancelled immediately.
Concerned Citizens Uk
Pakistan Solidarity Campaign
Awami Workers Party UK
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