Activist Jibran Nasir urges govt to arrest admins of 'Pakistan Defence'

Published: January 10, 2017
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Civil rights activist says page admins inciting violence against missing activists. PHOTO: TWITTER @JIBRAN NASIR

Civil rights activist says page admins inciting violence against missing activists. PHOTO: TWITTER @JIBRAN NASIR

As peaceful activists continue to disappear mysteriously from the country, civil rights activist Jibran Nasir urged the government to arrest the admins of ‘Pakistan Defence’, a forum on Facebook, which claims to be the “internet’s most authoritative source for news and discussions on Pakistan military”.

“The government must arrest admins of ‘Pakistan Defence’ page and bring them to court for inciting violence against missing activists,” the activist said on Twitter.

While expressing concern about his own safety, he tweeted:

Salman Haider went missing after spending a few hours with his friends in Islamabad’s Bani Gala area. According to the first information report (FIR), Haider had told his wife that he would return by 8pm. However, he did not return home and his car was later found from Koral Chowk.

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Three other social media activists – Ahmad Waqas Goraya, Asim Saeed and Ahmed Raza Naseer – have also gone missing between January 4 and 7.

‘Pakistan Defence’ on Monday, along with pictures of activists Haider, Goraya and Saeed, wrote: “The group which was running the blasphemous page ‘Bhains‘ on Facebook has been defeated.

In an attempt to justify themselves, the page admins posted a screenshot of Nasir’s tweet and wrote, “We neither spread anarchy nor we represent the country. However, we are ready to welcome Jibran Nasir if wants a clear and detailed dialogue.”

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Nasir, in his firm reply to the respective post said, “Dear Pakistan Defence, first of all let me say it to you directly that you guys are burning your own house down by being irresponsible with statements and accusing people of blasphemy….”

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Reader Comments (7)

  • ahmad
    Jan 11, 2017 - 11:28AM

    all of a sudden all the missing people have become ‘activists’ . The standards of social activism have surely deteriorated Recommend

  • ali
    Jan 11, 2017 - 12:19PM

    bravo Jibran,, Recommend

  • Haris
    Jan 11, 2017 - 1:23PM

    If the state has decide to completely implement the Blasphemy law, then there should be amendments in other laws too, such as the cyber crime law should restrict everyone from blasphemy accusations on social media. If anyone has observed a blasphemy he should file an FIR as per the law and let the authorities deal with it.Recommend

  • Farru
    Jan 11, 2017 - 2:34PM

    The state can’t win against the truth. Bravo Jibran!Recommend

  • ashar
    Jan 11, 2017 - 7:57PM

    very few comments!Recommend

  • ikram
    Jan 12, 2017 - 12:02PM

    The problem here is, relating these people to blasphemy means they are no more safe in this country even if they are released. Pakistan defense, in response to this article, has removed material against these people but the real threat still remains. This page has sparked a campaign among its 7 million or so followers who are constantly sharing blasphemy accusations on so many similar kind of pages. For example, https://www.facebook.com/Youth-Against-Liberalism-804530369678026/ this page and there are many many more. The allegations might be true but there is no proof as of yet, and what bothers me is not a single one of the followers ask for proof. Recommend

  • AAkhtar
    Jan 21, 2017 - 4:06AM

    Good Job whoever taken this step to pick them up!!!!Recommend

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