Sunday, February 12, 2012

Govt criticised for harassing nationalist leader’s wife

Nationalist parties and human rights activists from Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) have strongly condemned the government’s move to bar a nationalist leader’s wife from travelling abroad.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had stopped Balawaristan National Front (BNF) chief, Abdul Hamid’s wife Zaibul Nigar at Benazir Bhutto International Airport last week when she was about to leave for Bangkok. She was later informed that her name had been put on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Khan, who has taken political asylum in Belgium, has been demanding that G-B to be declared a separate state under the United Nations resolutions.

Talking to The Express Tribune, G-B High Court Bar Association President Ehsan Ali termed FIA’s action as a sheer violation of human rights.

“She is a housewife and not a political figure. Stopping her from leaving the country is against the constitution,” he said.

“It seems that the government is using different tactics to harass a nationalist leader,” he added.

Similarly, Labour Party G-B chief, Israruddin also condemned the government’s action, terming it as against the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights.

“Her husband’s political activities should not affect her rights as a citizen of Pakistan,” he remarked.

“Torturing one’s family members, especially women, for one’s activities is an injustice on the part of the state,” he maintained.

BNF Vice Chairman Haji Rafiq appealed to the Supreme Court to take note of the incident and issue directives to remove Nigar’s name from the ECL. Express tribune

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