Sex and the State Rafia Zakaria The euphoria surrounding Pakistan's
new law on "protection of women" ignores the fact that the Hudood
laws are still intact.
An excellent piece of writing by Fatima Bhutto, daughter
of Mir Murtaza Bhutto on the critical issue of disappearance of
Baloch nationalists, Sindhi activists, professors, labor leaders,
media professionals and political workers.
Amna Buttar, President of ANAA has been invited to the first ever
international muslim women's initiative in New York city. She will
be attending this event along with 100 other muslim women leaders
from around the world. Below is the news from Chicago Tribune.
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Repeal Hadood Ordinance By Naseem A.
St. Louis, Missouri
Member of ANAA Board of Directors Click here for
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RALLY: for the Restoration of Democracy and Justice in Pakistan
Speakers will include Imran Khan (through
telephone), Professor Ijazul Hasan (PPP),
Ali Zaidi, International Coordinator of
Tehrike-Insaaf Pakistan, champion of women's right
Dr Amna Buttar (ANAA) and Mola Dad Khan
(PIA Union). Time: 2 to 4 pm Venue:
Coney Island Avenue in "Little
Pakistan area" near Makki Masjid in Brooklyn, New
Rana Ramzan 516-376-1868, Bobby Khan
917-440-9002, Nasir Gondal 917-860-0808, Bazah Roohi
347-865-2769, Sarwar Chaudhry 917-817-0895, Rana Saeed
718-696-8683, Taj Akbar 718-859-3999, Dabeer Tirmazi
Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
RALLY: Human Rights for Pakistan
Time: 3 to 4 pm Venue:
Pennsylvania Ave and 15th Street in
front of White House in Lafayette park.
Zaffar Iqbal (ANAA): 928-550-0062-
Ghazala Kazi (APPJD): 304-615-7462
Iqbal Tareen (SANA):
Mr. Syed Adeeb (HRF): 703-801-2303
Thursday, October 26, 2006
To speak in New York City Time:
6.30 PM Venue:
of Protestant Welfare Agencies Building,281
Park Avenue South New York NY 10010, Corner 22nd & Park Ave South For more information,
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International NYC Women Action Team
Coney Island Avenue Project, Equality Now, Human Rights Watch,
Sindhi Association of North America
Voices of Pakistan, World Sindh Congress
July 18th at
6 pm. Dr Shazia Khalid will be speaking at an event by Amnesty
Venue: 600 Pennsylvania Avenue
S.E.; 3rd Floor. Closest Metro: Eastern
Market (Blue & Orange lines).
There is no fees for this
Friday July 7, 2006 ,
Saturday July 8, 2006 ANAA Annual Conference Location: Hyatt Regency 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL,
USA, 60601 Meeting times and agenda: Meeting: ANAA Internal meeting Time: July 7, 2006, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Place: Hyatt Regency, Watertower Room Agenda: ANAA future direction, ANAA finances, ANAA
organizational structure, Other possible topics: ANAA budget, mini presentations by
coordinators regarding upcoming events in their respective areas.
Meeting: ANAA meeting open to public Time: July 8, 2006, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Place: Hyatt Regency Ballroom A Speakers: Dr. Amna Buttar,Dr. Shazia Khalid and husband Amanullah Khalid,Justice Majida Razvi
and Dr. Manzur Ejaz
Mon, Jan 23: Las Vegas, NV Mukhtaran to Community College of Southern Nevada Cheyenne Campus
Mayor Oscar Goodman's Office for Proclamation and Press conference Location: Cheyenne campus June Whitley Student Center Time: 11:30 AM-1 :00 PM
Open to Public. Sponsor: Kiev Denby, The Department of Student Activities & ASCCN Student Government. Contact: Zahra D Buttar 702-813- 5151
Sun, Jan 22: Houston, TX Dosti Forum
Location: Grand Hall, Rice University Time: 3:00 - 7:30 PM
Open to Public but please register online. Co-ordinating Committee: Rice University South Asian Society, ANAA, AID, VBB.
Program Details. Contact: ANAA's Houston Co-ordinator. Anwar Raza 281-878-7461
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A network to raise voice against abuse of human rights in Pakistan
Press Release: CJ
ANAA welcomes the
decision to reinstate the Chief Justice of Pakistan with his
full powers. An independent judiciary is integral for a strong
Pakistan where justice is available to all and human rights are
respected. In this regard, we congratulate the Chief Justice at
his reinstatement and urge him to give immediate consideration
to the case of missing persons in Pakistan.
We would also like to congratulate
members of the lawyer community who with their courage and
fortitude have demonstrated how a peaceful struggle for justice
is truly the right path. It is our hope that the reinstatement
of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry will bring forth a new era in
Pakistan where the rights of the individual are respected and
citizens can be free to exercise their rights without fear of
Press Release: Attack on CJ rally in
Islamabad ANAA strongly
condemns the attack on innocent citizens of Pakistan in
Islamabad on July 17th 2007. We also condemn the
violence taking place in other provinces and cities in recent
months in the name of politics and religion.
ANAA stands in solidarity with the grieving families of those
whose innocent lives were lost.
People of Pakistan are still shocked at the violence seen in the
streets of Karachi on May 12th and now face yet
another attack to undermine the civil society’s effort to
restore their basic human rights. Every nation has the right to
choose its own leaders through free and fair elections. The
federal and provincial governments are responsible for the
safety of lives and property of its citizens and should have
taken appropriate security steps to avert such catastrophic
events happening in the country.
Such events are evidence of current Governments’ failure to
uphold rule of law in Pakistan. Appropriate processes need to be
implemented so that leaders elected by people of Pakistan can
assure accountability and transparency among institutions that
are responsible for the rule of law and justice in the country.
ANAA will always stand for and fight against the injustices done
in the name of honor, politics, religion, and ethnic pride.
ANAA strongly condemns the senseless violence
leading to the tragic events in Karachi on May 14, 2007.
ANAA stands in solidarity with the grieving
families of those whose innocent lives were lost. Many
livelihoods have been lost leaving the families to rely for
the rest of their lives on the help and assistance of
The speculations of law and order situation
were high for several weeks in advance of the Chief Justice
visit to Karachi. The federal and provincial governments are
responsible for the safety of lives and property of its
citizens and should have taken appropriate security steps to
avert such a catastrophic outcome. ANAA calls for an open
investigation for the criminal negligence and dereliction of
duty by the government and the law enforcement authorities
leading to this tragedy.
Chief Justice has a right to meet with the
fellow lawyer community all over the country and had been
invited to various Bar Associations meetings. His visit to
Karachi is his prerogative as the Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court of Pakistan. Vested interests and inexcusable
shortsightedness by various groups and parties which led to
this tragedy can neither be forgiven nor forgotten.
It is time for the voices and flag bearers of
democracy and justice to unite and call for free, fair and
transparent process of accountability, elections and
ANAA will always stand for and fight against
the injustices done in the name of honor, politics and
Watch video of Dr.Amna
Buttar protesting on 5th May in Lahore
Dr. Amna Buttar protesting in
Lahore on 5th may 2007
On April 3,
2007 at a rally organized to express support for Chief Justice
Iftikhar Chaudhry, ANAA President Amna Buttar was rudely
manhandled and molested The men who took part in this
orchestrated attack were wearing anti-terrorist squad t-shirts
making it clear that they were acting at the behest of Pakistani
Government authorities. A day before the attack, Dr.Buttar’s
family had once again received a threat from Brigadier Ijaz Shah
of the Pakistani Intelligence Services who informed Dr.Buttar’s
brother that her presence was not welcome in Pakistan. The
close proximity of the attack to the statement received by
Dr.Buttar’s family points clearly to the fact that it was
deliberately designed to harass and intimidate her and prevent
her from her activities as a human rights activist.
its deep outrage and revulsion at the shameful attack on
Dr.Buttar and the continuing tactics of intimidation and
repression being used by the Government of Pakistan. The attack
on Dr.Buttar follows attacks on peaceful protesters, privately
owned television channels and the manhandling of even the Chief
Justice of Pakistan. All of them illustrate the complete
degeneration of respect for civil society organizations and
human rights activists in Pakistan. We urge all those who
support the cause of human rights in Pakistan to express their
support in writing in condemning the reprehensible actions of
the Pakistani Government.
Dr Amna Buttar Protesting
alongside Lawyers, on 3rd April 2007, in front of Supreme Court
president Dr Amna Buttar met the suspended Chief Justice of
Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry
along with other Pakistani American Physicians on April 2nd to
show support and solidarity for the judicial system in Pakistn.
She will participate in a peaceful rally on April 3rd in
Islamabad Pakistan where general public and human rights
organizations will join hands to demand freedom of courts in
From Right to left: Chief Justice's lawyer Mr Aitzaz Ahsan, Dr
Mohammad Taqi, Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, Dr Amna Buttar, Dr
Mohammad A Toor
Please send this letter to the members of Senate Foreign
Dear Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee:
I am writing to bring to your attention my outrage and
alarm at the suspension of the Chief Justice Iftikhar
Chaudhry, the highest judicial official in Pakistan. The
Chief Justice had in recent months not only issued decisions
exposing the corruption of the current Government in
Pakistan, but also issued notices requiring the Government
to respond in cases surrounding the disappearance of 148
people who has openly opposed the Government.
According to a report issued by the Human Rights Commission
of Pakistan, evidence exists to suggest that the disappeared
had been kidnapped by the Intelligence agencies at the
behest of government officials. The impunity with which
this action was carried out illustrates amply the complete
collapse of the rule of law in Pakistan.
As a United States citizen, I am concerned about the fact
that the United States as an ally of Pakistan is supporting
a Government that shows such contempt for the rule of law
and so blatantly uses its power to punish political
opponents. If we are truly committed to assisting
Pakistanis in their fight against extremism we must strongly
condemn this action.
I am writing thus to urge the Foreign Relations Committee to
hold hearings on this issue. I hope that you will take my
concerns seriously and give attention to this matter.
expresses its outrage at the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikar
Chaudhry and urges the international community to join its
campaign for his reinstatement.
ANAA would like to
express its grave outrage at the suspension of the Chief Justice
Iftikhar Chaudhry, Pakistan’s
highest judicial official.The suspension of the Chief Justice
reflects the complete and utter collapse of the rule of law in
Pakistan.The Chief Justice was scheduled to
hear several cases involving the Pakistani Administration’s
involvement in disappearance of political opponents as well as
corruption cases involving government officials.
In one of the most recent cases heard by
the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice and others on the Bench had
issued notices to the Federal and Provincial Governments
regarding the disappearance of over 148 people.According to the Human Rights
Commission of Pakistan that had filed the petition, those who
had been released said that they had been picked up and
interrogated by Intelligence officials. The Attorney General
representing the Federal Government in the case did not show up
for the hearing. Days after the Chief Justice issued these
notices he was unceremoniously suspended on the basis of pre
The timing of the Chief Justice’s
suspension as well as the fact that he has since been placed
under virtual house arrest, prevented from communicating with
media and even other members of the Supreme Court all illustrate
the Government’s nefarious motives in preventing the highest
judicial official in Pakistan from carrying out his duties and
protecting the Pakistani people. His suspension also illustrates
the reality that no person in Pakistan
is free to oppose the Government and can be persecuted for doing
Without an independent judiciary that
cannot be fired at will, at the behest of ruling officials, Pakistan
can never be a truly self-governing nation or win the fight
against terrorism and religious extremism.ANAA stands in support of the many
legal professionals in Pakistan
who have been risking their lives and protesting this gross and
reprehensible abuse of power by the Government of Pakistan.
all those who support the rule of law to write to the Chairmen
of the Foreign Relations Committee of the United States Senate
and urge them to take up this issue with the Government of
Tomorrow International Women’s Day will be
commemorated around the world. There will be rallies, talks
and protests that will mark the progress made by women in
the past year.As ANAA’s President, I am
torn between the pride I feel for the courage of Pakistani
women who have persevered in their struggle for equality and
justice and deep disappointment at the way their struggles
have been politically manipulated by the political forces in
In the past year, there was much talk about the
Women’s Protection Bill that was passed by both Houses in
Pakistan.Reports insisted that this
would dramatically alter the status of women in Pakistan.
Among other things, it was promised that rape victims would
be able to easily get justice in Pakistan.DNA tests would be used to process evidence.As human rights and women’s groups celebrated this
Bill, little thought was given to the reality that there is
only one DNA lab in the whole of Pakistan and that rape
victims are often unable to pay even the bus fare to the
police station let alone the cost of DNA analysis for their
case. As media reports died down, I fear that the
international community has bought the vacuous promises in
the Bill and nearly abandoned the fight on behalf of
As the Pakistani Government was touting its gender
sensitivity under the Women’s Protection Bill, the Hasba
Bill was passed in the NWFP assembly which established a
mohtasib or “moral police”.Since the
passage of the Bill, women have routinely been harassed at
educational institutions, public buildings and other public
spaces.The passage of the Bill presents
a severe threat to women in Pakistan,
Just in the past month, Pakistani women faced a
severe blow when Zille Huma, female minister in the Punjab
Government was assassinated at the hands of a religious
zealot.The same man, had threatened to
kill other women for not wearing the proper Islamic hijab
(not the traditional headcovering or dupatta which she wore)
and had not been apprehended because of the interference of
various religious leaders.
However, I would not end this letter without also
commending my Pakistani sisters for their incredible courage
in the face of all this adversity. A few months ago,
Pakistani women in Lahore participated in a marathon,
despite the opposition of religious parties. Every day,
millions of Pakistani women brave discrimination, harassment
and an inegalitarian system and continue in their struggle
to get education, participate in the workforce and get
better lives for their children.We at
ANAA would like to salute these women and renew our
commitment to raising their voice before Pakistanis and the
international community.We urge everyone
to join us in our commitment and support the struggles of
Politics in the
name of Women
ANAA stands with its civil society
partners, Aurat Foundation, Sungi and many others in expressing
their opposition to the Women’s Protection Bill (WPB). The Bill
is being wrongfully used by the Government of Pakistan to gain
political mileage in the guise of championing women’s rights.
Our opposition to the Bill is based on the following reasons:
a)The reason ANAA supported the
prosecution of rape under the Pakistan Penal Code instead of the
Sharia Courts was because the former has never historically
prosecuted the crimes of adultery and fornication. This basic
difference has been eliminated by introducing the new crime of
“lewdness” into the Pakistan Penal Code.
b)The Amended Women’s Protection Bill
actually introduces a new crime under Section 496B of the
Pakistan Penal Code. This new crime entitled “lewdness” would
punish anyone engaging in consensual sexual relations outside of
a marital relationship. Absent evidentiary requirements, the
creation of this new crime now creates new opportunities in
which citizens merely accused of “sexual relations outside
marriage” can be thrown in jail and face a five year prison
sentence as well as 10,000 rupee fine.
c)While the new Bill allows rape cases
to be tried under the Pakistan Penal Code and removes the
supposed evidentiary requirement of providing four adult male
witnesses, the creation of the new crime of “lewdness” under the
PPC effectively eliminates any cumulative gains.
d)Ultimately, the new bill uses the
already confusing mixture of Sharia and Civil law effective in
Pakistan to achieve political gains while ignoring the reality
that under the new legal regime private citizens face prison
charges for mere accusations of sexual impropriety.
e)The Bill does not repeal the entire
Hudood Ordinance which has been the demand of ANAA as well as
all other civil society and human rights organizations in
Pakistan. In doing so, the Bill fails to follow the
recommendations of the National Council of Women or the Council
of Islamic Ideology which have both recommended a complete repeal
of the Bill.
For these reasons, ANAA renews its
demands to the Government of Pakistan to stop playing with the
lives of the citizens of Pakistan by introducing laws that
pretend to change the status quo while effectively not doing
anything to change the status of women in law and society. For
questions please contact
NY Times: (By Nicholas Kristoff)
23rd April 2006: The Drumroll, Please (PDF)
4th April 2006: Heroine walking in the shadow of Death (PDF)
2nd April 2006: Mother of a Nation. (PDF) VIDEO: Kristof: A Courageous Woman
ANAA's President, Dr Amna Buttar, is visitng Pakistan. She went to Meerwala where she saw amazing movement of people created by Mukhtar Mai.
MEET THE SURVIVORS:
Sakina Bibi: 51 yrs old woman who was gang-raped in front of her son and daughter-in-law to punish her son. She could not get FIR registered till later. Her medical examination was done 21 days after the incident and did not show evidence of rape. Now it is impossible for her to get justice.
Haleema and Sidra: Sidra is 9 yrs old and was going to be married off for Vani, and Mukhtar was able to stop the marriage. Haleema is 12 and her father wants to marry her off. Mukhtar has been able to get the marriage postponed until October.
Parveen Bibi: is seven years old girl who was raped by servant of the local Nazim, and now her family is being harrassed by the feudals and threatened to drop the charges. (her picture)
Fauzia: was gang-raped in a similar case like Mukhtar, and now being bribed and threatened to drop the charges. High Court granted bail to the eight men who raped her for two days.
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