Lahore, June 5 (ANI): Personalities belonging to various civil society organisations and bar associations have expressed serious concern and alarm at the information leak from a highly credible source that there is serious threat to the life of Asma Jahangir, who is Pakistan's leading human rights activist and one of the most influential leaders of the bar.
What makes the reported conspiracy to liquidate Asma Jahangir especially serious is, firstly, the environment of target killings in which dissident persons' dead bodies are being dumped all over, and, secondly, the fact that the finger of accusation has been pointed at the extraordinarily privileged state actors, the Daily Times quoted the civil society members, as saying.
Jehangir had earlier said that the country's powerful security establishment was planning to get her killed using one of the many jihadi outfits operating in the country, stated The News.
She said the establishment, particularly a sensitive agency, was upset with her for picking up cudgels for the Baloch people and speaking out against the role of the security establishment in the restive province of Balochistan.
Jehangir went public with her fears after an information-leak from a responsible and highly credible source.
In a statement issued through the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, civil society activists said this is not a conspiracy against one individual alone but a plot against Pakistan's future as a democratic state.
We wish to make it clear to all and sundry, especially those who preside over the security apparatus, that they must not under-estimate the consequences of any harm being caused to the life of Asma Jehangir, they said.
Her security has apparently been beefed up following the threat but this would come as little consolation; given how former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer was assassinated by someone from his own security detail.
The people who spoke out included members from the judiciary, journalists and former army officials. (ANI)