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.
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.”
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….”