Murder attempts - Dr. Azra
Letter from Ms Fauzia Wahab to HR organizations
February 17, 2007
I attach a photo of the car in which sister-in-law of former Prime Minister,
Dr Azra, herself a Parliamentarian, was traveling this February when she was
shot at by the bodyguards of a provincial minister. Dr Azra was sitting in
the front seat next to the driver. As you can see from the photograph, Dr
Azra was shot at from both the front and back of the car as the windscreen
in her portion is shattered in both front and back. Further, the driver was
also shot at to stop the car. Fortunately Dr Azra did not travel in her own
car on the day and was saved by the bullet proof windscreen which took the
weight of the bullets. Had it been otherwise, God forbid, she, and the
driver, would not have been in this world today.
Unfortunately the Musharaf-Aziz dictatorship is giving political protection
to the murderous assailants. Under the law of the land, they are to be
arrested and tried for attempted murder. They still have not been arrested
and are at large.
I draw attention of this matter to you as your organization is giving
considerable funding to the present regime and also in the name of justice.
I hope you will use your influence to prevent further violence in Pakistani
society by taking up the matter with the military regime in Pakistan. Unless
this is done, the dark and sordid story of disappearances of nationalist
leaders, the murders of political opponent, the murder attempts and the goon
squads meeting out instant justice through physical violence will increase.
Fauzia Wahab, MNA
Human Rights Cell PPP
It is time for Mr.
Musharraf to stop playing with fire -- in other words, with radical
Islamists. He should remember that Pakistani voters are moderate. The two
biggest, mainstream, moderate parties received more than 80 per cent of the
vote in the last election. Compare that to the MMA, which controls the
North-West Frontier Province bordering Afghanistan. The alliance polled only
10 per cent of the national vote in the 2002 election. Islamists may have
"street power" in Pakistan and be able to organize large demonstrations
against unpopular cartoons and set off bombs, but they have little popular
appeal. That said, so long as moderate political parties remain effectively
marginalized, the Islamists will present themselves as the only effective
platform for anti-military protest.