Iqbal Kazmi Case – A true test for Justice & Civil Society

20070612134309kazmi203%5B1%5D.jpgThe historic SC decision on July 20 finally restored its long-awaited-&-due image. The practical & trickle down impact needs to be seen in future but for now I will get local. Sid recently covered this story at KMB. For those who want to save time here is a summary.

“After the May 12 incident a lawyer & human rights campaigner from Karachi Mr. Iqbal Kazmi went to SHC (his other cases being against KESC & PEMRA) against the Sindh gov & MQM. Not surprisingly Mr. Kazmi went missing. He was found after few days with severe torture meted out, shown on AAJ TV. There was hardly any doubt about the hands behind this terrorism but the brave lawyer immediately accused the same again as earlier. Guess what the Sindh/MQM gov did. After unable to break his resolve he was arrested on some charges that came from no where. He later requested the SHC for protection ( Also : Amnesty International) to his family because he was getting threats. The SHC ordered the police to provide protection to his family.”

Knowing fully well how police is being run these days it was but natural for terror merchants to roam around freely. And so BBC comes up with this story now. This time Its Mr. Kazmi’s wife. The link has all details so refraining to commenting on the incident itself I will direct the topic to other side :

May 12, 2007 is indeed the blackest day of our history when MQM & its partner in gov unleashed a bloodbath that resulted in 50 deaths. 5-10% of the responsibility does lie on PPP, ANP & PML. After sensing free ground of any security they unleashed their part of terror. Rangers & Intelligence agencies help the terrorist in their possible way too. One cruel incident was when an Edhi worker got killed while he was saving other lives. The most enlightened man in country was indeed happy on this performance & with a historic nudeness of indifference announced in capital that power has been shown in Karachi.

Such state terror was impossible to happen anywhere in the world at first place, even then a high level inquiry was natural to follow there, supposing it happened. But imagine the beyhisi of our gov & society that more voices of “forget & move on” were heard than “stop and inquire”. I hardly see media covering this story that is of such a prime importance. It was quick to flash the BREAKING NEWS tag for Sunjey Dutt but not for this. Well that’s normal for a society that acts like a reywadh. Everyone comes & put these sheep on his path. Be it the 80’s violence or 90’s state terror on innocent Mohajir localities or Nishtar Park incident, every time we hear the same “jo hogaya so hogaya bla bla ” . . or “hamain es waqei ko bhool ker agay bhadh na chaiye “. Interestingly we hardly are able move on ever. Reason being every incident leaves BIG & MANY question marks. During last 60 years there have been so many of these heavy ??’s that they have left national soul with a nasuur, injustice being primary reason. How can a body walk if you tie a stone double its weigh to its legs?

The news in question is an important case about the independence of the judiciary. It will be this case which will decide if lower courts are also brave enough or the SC decision was once in a life time achievement in nation’s history. It’s also important because a common man has shown great bravery in the face of whole gov machinery. If anyone of you has had any experience with a thaana only you could understand the extent of this bravery. When an Army Major cannot stand terror (beaten by MQM activist & later threaten with life to his family thus forcing him to withdraw an FIR) it’s indeed a miracle that this man Iqbal Kazmi is still standing on his petition. It will also determine the seriousness among Judges to pursue such cases providing some hope for others to follow. And it will also be the first time MQM as whole will be held accountable whose sin always went under the carpet due to the power of stick. It will not only break the record of no-one-can-stand-against-us but may be, just may be its leadership consider disarming its militant-wing & start acting like a mature political party that consolidates on peoples power & not peoples fear.

In any case, as the time passes by, keeping up against pressure for Mr. Iqbal Kazmi would be difficult/impossible. In that case society & Judges will have to be blamed. As this delay will be causing the denial of Justice, irrespective of the judgment. I guess we have enough of this “forget it” attitude that has taken us over the years made us and indifferent city, where people are hardly interested in whats happening in other localities.

What saddens me is this : One man stood up for 12 million & just 12 prominent people didn’t stand up for him. A civilized city indeed.

9 Comments so far

  1. Salman A. (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

    Sad, really. Let’s face it. We are a loser society.

  2. Zahra (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 8:30 pm

    Damn…..I hope this guy gets justice somehow.

  3. BitterTruth (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 2:52 am

    Nice post. He has endangered his life for an unthankful nation.

  4. Tania (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 3:44 am

    This is just the tip of a very large ice berg. Sometimes I just wonder whether corruption starts from the top or bottom? Check out this police “interrogation” process!

  5. d0ct0r (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

    filing a case against brutal terrorist organisation like MQM takes a lot of guts.. hats off for this guy… only if karachiites learn to stand up against brutalities of MQM then in no time we’ll get rid of these terrorists…

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

    Altaf bai k Dua

  7. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on August 4th, 2007 @ 12:56 am

    he was foolish…..should have thought about his family.

    his herd of idoits ain’t worth his and his family’s life!

  8. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on August 4th, 2007 @ 12:58 am

    “..this herd of idoits ain’t worth his and his family’s life!”

  9. Imran (unregistered) on August 4th, 2007 @ 1:55 am

    More power to MQM? NOT!

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