Please stop pestering Dr Ayesha Siddiqa!

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The LUBP team is quite worried to read the following status on Ayesha Siddiqa’s facebook account. We express our full support for Dr Siddiqa in this hour of trial, and urge the Government to take a stand.

After Aasia Bibi and Dr. Viliani, one of our top academics and researchers is now being intimidated by the State!

Also, our civil society and journalist community should now stand with Dr. Siddiqa instead of feeding off the scraps of the military establishment!

“Is it the Jihadi friends or the Khaki friends behind my mass vilification campaign? Since the afternoon of December 12th most journalists and everyone on my phone list have received an sms from this single number in Lahore 0332 4551330 declaring me an agent of several agencies. Typical agency style, when you try to call back no one picks up. Besides other cities, the message is spread in my hometown in Bahawalpur as well. Do I have less of a right to live there than Jaishe Mohammad and other militants? What right has the state to partner with criminals that abuse religion for exploitation of people?”

5 Comments to “Please stop pestering Dr Ayesha Siddiqa!”

  1. Apparently, Bahawalpur is the city where the ISI has an important production factory:

    http://criticalppp.com/archives/33078

    Shame on Generals Kayani and Pasha!

    Rehman Malik, are you alive?

  2. I am not surprised to hear thais story i remembered when book of this journalist published on Military bussiness empire
    ISPR and wage slaves of establishment had started to propagate against Ayesha is agent of CIA and she has written this book with funding of CIA.At that time i had wiritten an column in support of Ayesha.We support ayesha
    and her courageous stance.

  3. I received the same sms. Shame on the ISI or the MI or whoever the pervert is.
    And, on a lighter note, what terrible copy! The ISI should hire some sub-editors at least!

  4. ISI is now really losing, it. They’ve gone crazy. Why is this peoples government so afraid of these pests?

  5. Harassment by SMS

    Ayesha Siddiqa

    19 Dec 2010

    ayesha.siddiqa@tribune.com.pk

    I in his column “Fabricated nonsense” (December 14), Ejaz Haider spoke about the intelligence of intelligence agencies. This was in reference to WikiLeaks and the argument was that the agencies might not be so dumb as to have taken part in the fake leaks. Why would they make such obvious mistakes? But then the simplest plot can be the most complex. Since the afternoon of December 12, I have been receiving phone calls from concerned friends and family members. The subject of concern: a baseless and vicious SMS being circulated against me. It seems like the work of someone who would have the power to access my phone call history and more. In typical agency style, the Ufone number, from which the message was sent, does not respond if you try to call back. I would personally like to glean all the information that the accuser seems to have against me.

    I would like to confess to Mr Haider that I thought the agencies could not be that stupid and that the fake WikiLeaks must have been the work of some intoxicated or angry Lone Ranger spook. Logically, the agencies should have the intelligence not to engage in such a vilification campaign at a time when they have their back to the wall due to the WikiLeaks revelations. Such an understanding of logic means that the agency walas should not have fired shots outside renowned columnist Kamran Shafi’s house in the middle of the night. In Mr Shafi’s case — the incident happened a few months ago — the explanation given by the chief spook was: why should we try harassing you when you are critical of us? A terribly sweet statement!

    Although I have no access to the head of the ISI or the MI, I am quite sure they will plead innocent if I get a chance to ask them to solve the mystery. Thus far, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, whom I personally informed of the incident, has not bothered to come to my rescue. It is definitely not the work of some random prankster because not just anyone would have access to my phone history or want to run a campaign against me in my own city of Bahawalpur. Perhaps, it is one of the militant outfits headquartered in Bahawalpur. An old friend of my mother’s, who also received this SMS, said that it made her feel vulnerable, as if someone was hearing and watching everything. I am quite sure the purpose behind this is to stop my free access to my own people. But referring to the question of who it could be, I am not sure if it is the militants alone. They can publish silly stories in their own journals, which Jaish-e-Mohammad did against me last year. But to embark on the currently mentioned activity, they had to be able to access my call log and numerous other lists. This means help from those who have the power to do this.

    I can happily live with the explanation that this could be the work of rogue elements inside the agencies. After all, top spooks have said to western diplomats that rogue elements were involved in the case of Mumbai. We never seem to run out of these elements. The problem with such elements is that their presence casts serious doubts on the efficiency of intelligence agencies who are supposedly professional. It’s a question worth asking that how do rogue elements continue to thrive in our intelligence agencies, especially after former army chief Pervez Musharraf claimed to have cleaned it up of such creatures. Perhaps, greater but selective transparency will help solve the mystery. This is not about demeaning the military, but a cry for its institutional integrity. Militaries that are infested with rogue elements tend to become weak and ineffective.

    One would hope that there is some institution left in this country that can stand up for the protection of its citizens. Perhaps, the highest court would like to take suo motu notice of this incident. This is not just about personal protection but about saving our national institutions from rogue elements and black sheep.

    Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2010.

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