Who is @Laibaah? – by Laiba Ahmad Marri

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Related post: Questioning Laibaah’s integrity – by Ailia Zehra

According to my Twitter profile, I am:

“a Pakistani American currently based in Arizona, USA. As a human rights activist, I question silence of Pakistan’s urban journalists & bloggers on mass murders of Baloch, Hazara, Tooris & other oppressed groups.
http://criticalppp.com/archives/52709

In the last few months, my friends and I on Twitter have been able to generate some waves of discomfort for those columnists, analysts, opinion makers, social media activists, and human rights activists who have been selectively silent on anyone or more of the following issues:

  • genocide of the Baloch and Hazara in Balochistan;
  • mass murder of Shia Muslims in Kurram agency, Kohat, Quetta, D.I.Khan, Karachi, Lahore and other areas of Pakistan;
  • target killing of Punjabi, Saraiki and Urdu speaking settlers in Balochistan;
  • persecution and murder of Ahmadi Muslims;
  • persecution and murder of Christians, Hindus and other communities;
  • stereotyping, exploitation and murder of Pashtuns in Swat, FATA and other parts of the country;
  • sinister role of the military establishment in nurturing, training and protecting jihadi and sectarian monsters (LeT, LeJ, JeM, Taliban) involved in the murder of moderate Sunnis (e.g. Maulana Hasan Jan (Deobandi), Maulana Sarfraz Naeemi (Barelvi)) as well as Shias, Ahmadis, Christians and other religious groups;
  • complicity of the Supreme Court of Pakistan with the military establishment in releasing sectarian terrorists (e.g. Malik Ishaq, Hafiz Saeed, Qari Saifullah Akhtar) while not pursuing important cases against the ISI, MI (e.g., missing persons in Balochistan and elsewhere, murder of Khalid Khwaja, murder of Syed Saleem Shahzad).

While I have received enormous support on Twitter from many friends and like-minded people in my advocacy of the Baloch, Shia, Ahmadis and other oppressed groups, it is important to acknowledge criticism:

  1. My Twitter account has been suspended thrice after being en masse blocked and reported by urban liberal elite and their middle class flatterers and aspirants who were quite discomfited by some of the questions I asked. I have been variously termed as a sociopath, a troll, an abuser and harasser.
  2. I have been subject to abusive language on Twitter including by urban liberals and right wingers, which include columnists, LUMS graduates, political workers and human rights activists.

However, I have also received enormous support from a large number of Tweeples and social media activists who boldly supported my stance on a number of issues, wrote bold posts and petitions while my account was banned. Recently they have helped me in developing a new advocacy group (Pakistan Blogzine google group).

Some of my friends as well as critics have been asking me about my personal details, such as, name, location, tribe, gender, qualification etc.

Through this post, I wish to clarify that my aims and values have nothing to do with my name, location, gender, faith, ethnicity etc. Of course I use a pen name as I don’t want my narrative to be as castigated and compromised as that of many urban liberals who remain either silent or dishonest on mass murders of the Baloch, Hazara, Tooris etc. This caution is particularly important in view of some threatening messages I received which I don’t want to publish at this stage.

Therefore, I will encourage all of my friends and supporters on Twitter and other social media to consider using a pen name to ensure personal security as well as uncompromised narrative.

Together we can make an impact.

Each one of has a right to question those human rights monitors and journalists who have failed to document and publish reports or data on everyday persecution of Ahmadi Muslims, extrajudicial killings of Pashtuns in Swat, mass murder of Hazaras, Tooris and Saraiki Shias, and persecution of other communities.

We are here to support the weak, the oppressed, the persecuted, the voiceless of Pakistan.

We are struggling against the powerful mainstream. The more they try to suppress, ridicule or ignore our criticism, the more resolute we will be in pursuit of our goals.

Hum dekhen ge, Inshallah!

9 Responses to “Who is @Laibaah? – by Laiba Ahmad Marri”

  1. My wonderful friend Caterina Fake on Anonymity and Pseudonyms in Social Software:

    The point I think is this: Pseudonyms are not in themselves harmful. Yes, they can be used for harm, as when people use them for anonymous, slanderous attacks, trolling, etc., but in the vast majority of cases there is no harm done. Importantly, they can serve to protect vulnerable groups. There’s even a comprehensive list of people harmed by Real Names policies. In the cases where pseudonyms are being abused, it is the harm that should be stopped, not the pseudonyms.

    http://dashes.com/anil/2011/07/if-your-websites-full-of-anonymity-that-might-be-okay.html

  2. Group name: PakistanBlogzine

    Description: Pakistan Blogzine is an advocacy group for the disempowered and the subaltern. We criticize silence of media, social and human rights activists and opinion leaders on mass murder and persecution of the Balochs, Pashtuns, Hazaras, Shias, Ahmadis, Christians and other oppressed people of Pakistan.

    Public website https://pakistanblogzine.wordpress.com

    Group address: http://groups.google.com/group/PakistanBlogzine

    Current email address: PakistanBlogzine@googlegroups.com

    Laibaah’s email: pakistanblogzine@gmail.com

  3. Keep up the good work Laibaah! We are with you! You should also create a facebook account under your pen name to reach an even larger audience too!

  4. @M Ali Khan

    thanks for the suggestion. Facebook account now created:

    https://www.facebook.com/pakistanblogzine

  5. Absolutely, hum dekhein ge. (Inshallah)

  6. A month back i put up my facebook ‘Laibah Marri is cool’. Everyone asked who you were. I find your tweets fascinating. I am with you.

  7. AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @Gilgiti yes. i agree that all targeted killings of civilians are wrong – no matter who is responsible. Crime is crime – by state or others

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @Gilgiti True. Equally true, state abuses in Balochistan, in Gilgit and elsewhere. Two wrongs only make things worse not right.

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @Gilgiti yes. we did two reports. One on abuses by militants in December 2010 & then on abuses by state in july11. But second much bigger

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @gedrosian Human rights apply to everybody. We cant be selective. To combatants laws of war apply. Non combatants must be protected by all.

    MirSohaib Mir Sohaib Mengal
    @MureedBizenjo killing innocents is condemnable bt we must knw the state agents always work in covers @brranzz

    MirSohaib Mir Sohaib Mengal
    It is perfectly possible for a just war to be fought unjustly and for an unjust war to be fought in strict accordance with the rules.

    MureedBizenjo Mureed Bizenjo
    @Laibaah @tatom2k not sure but at the moment u’ll only find very few families of settlers living at #Quetta rare in rest of the balochistan
    14 minutes ago Favorite Undo Retweet Reply

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @MirSohaib then you cannot condemn people as guilty on the basis of suspicion alone @Laibaah @maulabuksh @abdul_bugti @coffee_n_cream

    MirSohaib Mir Sohaib Mengal
    @Laibaah agents always work in covers .. and they have been killing innocent students @alidayan @coffee_n_cream @maulabuksh @abdul_bugti

    MirSohaib Mir Sohaib Mengal
    @Laibaah In a rebellion u can never have proper courts @alidayan @maulabuksh @abdul_bugti @coffee_n_cream

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @MirSohaib Leave it to unruly youth to decide who is not innocent and then kill them? @alidayan @maulabuksh @abdul_bugti @coffee_n_cream

    MirSohaib Mir Sohaib Mengal
    @Laibaah only if the non combatants are innocent @alidayan @maulabuksh @abdul_bugti @coffee_n_cream

    MirSohaib Mir Sohaib Mengal
    @Laibaah bt killing agents of enemy who are helping enemy in genocide is justified 100% @alidayan @maulabuksh @abdul_bugti @coffee_n_cream

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @gedrosian there is not. but research and documentation takes time. V. difficult in balochistan as you know.

    gedrosian Gedrosia
    @AliDayan Then y is there a silence – On Hazara’s…? Shias…?? If Human rights apply to everybody.

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @gedrosian you have the dead body at your doorstep because humanity & rights are violated. by killing in response u violate even more

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @Gilgiti has a point. There are public claims of responsibility @FarriRizvi

    Gilgiti Farooq Ahmed Khan
    @FarriRizvi yes when #BLA accepts responsibility than there is no point to doubt. @AliDayan

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    Totally agree with that RT @MureedBizenjo: @FarriRizvi @Gilgiti @AliDayan agencies in #Balochistan are playing a very dirty role

    MureedBizenjo Mureed Bizenjo
    @FarriRizvi @Gilgiti @AliDayan it is evident the people of #Balochistan have always been the victims of prejudice which incites rebellion

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @MirSohaib @AliDayan @maulabuksh @abdul_bugti @coffee_n_cream dawn.com/2011/06/29/set…

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @MirSohaib @AliDayan @maulabuksh @abdul_bugti @coffee_n_cream “Nearly 1,200 settlers are estimated to have been killed across Balochistan.”

    MaulaBuksh Maula Bux Thadani
    @Laibaah @Abdul_Bugti @MirSohaib @alidayan @coffee_n_cream killing settlers counterproductive & against universal standards.

    MirSohaib Mir Sohaib Mengal
    @Abdul_Bugti killing innocents is never fair even as a reaction. We should condemn it. @laibaah @alidayan @coffee_n_cream

    MirSohaib Mir Sohaib Mengal
    @AliDayan do u think they are killing ppl on suspicions only? if yes I condemn them @laibaah @maulabuksh @abdul_bugti @coffee_n_cream

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @MirSohaib again, change “rebellion” for terrorism and you r talking language of abuser @Laibaah @maulabuksh @abdul_bugti @coffee_n_cream

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    It was never fair!! RT @Abdul_Bugti killing settlers was fair as a sudden reactn but need2 end now @MirSohaib @alidayan @coffee_n_cream

    Abdul_Bugti Abdul Bugti
    killing settlers was fair as a sudden reactn but need2 end now as it is defaming our struggle @Laibaah @MirSohaib @alidayan @coffee_n_cream

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @MirSohaib I won’t say more than what @alidayan and @coffee_n_cream have been saying. Please think! @maulabuksh @abdul_bugti

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @MirSohaib Leave it to unruly youth to decide who is not innocent and then kill them? @alidayan @maulabuksh @abdul_bugti @coffee_n_cream

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @MirSohaib Prob is that ur argument can be used word for word by your enemies. Think. @Laibaah @maulabuksh @abdul_bugti @coffee_n_cream

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @Abdul_Bugti @MirSohaib @Laibaah @coffee_n_cream Targeted killings help those who deny rights to Baloch, invite comparison to Pak army. Bad

    MaulaBuksh Maula Bux Thadani
    @coffee_n_cream @AliDayan @MirSohaib @Laibaah @Abdul_Bugti Reality is Pk govt. powerless in front of Pk army: the main violator in Balochstn

    MaulaBuksh Maula Bux Thadani
    @AliDayan @MirSohaib @Laibaah @Abdul_Bugti @coffee_n_cream army action against Baloch has gone on since 1948 with Jinnah.

    coffee_n_cream One world no borders
    @MaulaBuksh @AliDayan @MirSohaib @Laibaah @Abdul_Bugti But even as criminal as Pakistan govt is, Balochistan struggle must not be.

    Zeb_Jalebi_Khan Zubair
    @Laibaah link about #BLA killing seraikis reminds me how can any1 achieve anything when u lose all moral values be them #Agencies or #BLA?

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @Abdul_Bugti Let’s hope that Abdul, you too will change your stance on settlers killings! http://criticalppp.com/archives/54076 @AliDayan @MirSohaib @coffee_n_cream

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @Abdul_Bugti @MirSohaib @Laibaah @coffee_n_cream That debate is v. important. Ethnic cleansing of anybody by anybody is a war crime.

    Abdul_Bugti Abdul Bugti
    @AliDayan there r high scale debates being held inside #Baloch freedom orgs abt targeting settlers @MirSohaib @Laibaah @coffee_n_cream

    Abdul_Bugti Abdul Bugti
    @AliDayan May be you don’t know but #Baloch fighters issue detailed info of their victioms (agents) @MirSohaib @Laibaah @coffee_n_cream

    Abdul_Bugti Abdul Bugti
    @AliDayan we respect ur stance over #Balochistan issue but stating violation by #pakistan & #Baloch same things is disgusting @MirSohaib

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @Abdul_Bugti @Laibaah @MirSohaib @HaniBaloch Agree it is easy to say & hard to do but thats true for all sides in conflict even the “bad” 1

    Abdul_Bugti Abdul Bugti
    @Laibaah i respect mr @AliDayan but.. its easy to say,hard to do.i’d ask him if he was the victim of 65 yo barbarity @MirSohaib @HaniBaloch

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @MaulaBuksh @MirSohaib @Laibaah @Abdul_Bugti Agree with @coffee_n_cream Every act that allows for comparison harms Baloch more.

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @coffee_n_cream Pakistan army to be exact. Civilian govt is only an eyewash. @MaulaBuksh @AliDayan @MirSohaib @Abdul_Bugti

    coffee_n_cream One world no borders
    @MaulaBuksh @AliDayan @MirSohaib @Laibaah @Abdul_Bugti Pakistan govt shd be tried & condemned 1million times for crimes against ppl in Bstan

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @MirSohaib @Abdul_Bugti I too commend @coffee_n_cream and fully agree with her views on Balochistan, self-defense and humanitarian values.

    MirSohaib Mir Sohaib Mengal
    @Abdul_Bugti yes she is a good friend of mine and our cause🙂 @coffee_n_cream

    Abdul_Bugti Abdul Bugti
    Now following and suggest everyone to follow @coffee_n_cream

    coffee_n_cream One world no borders
    @MaulaBuksh @AliDayan @MirSohaib @Laibaah @Abdul_Bugti Comparing is not the point. Fighting your wars in a way that observes principles is.

    MaulaBuksh Maula Bux Thadani
    @AliDayan @MirSohaib @Laibaah @coffee_n_cream @Abdul_Bugti not ok to target innocent civilians but how can you compare Pk Army with Baloch!

    coffee_n_cream One world no borders
    .@Laibaah @MirSohaib Because if it is not, then what comes after… is also not able to recognize human rights.

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @coffee_n_cream I totally agree with your stance. @MirSohaib

    coffee_n_cream One world no borders
    .@Laibaah @MirSohaib And I hope the struggle for human rights, dignity, independence, freedom, equality for Balochistan is as principled.

    coffee_n_cream One world no borders
    .@Laibaah @MirSohaib And that other ways should be exhausted first. They observed humanitarian principles over years of war in mtns.

    coffee_n_cream One world no borders
    .@Laibaah @MirSohaib He made it a point to tell his fighters that there are other ways to neutralize the enemy besides killing.

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @coffee_n_cream @MirSohaib @AliDayan @Abdul_Bugti Here is a recent example of target killing owned by BLA: criticalppp.com/archives/54076

    coffee_n_cream One world no borders
    .@Laibaah @MirSohaib If Baloch fighters are killing settlers because they are settlers, that is not justified & has to be condemned.

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @coffee_n_cream Quite the contrary, often the Baloch fighters proudly own the murder of innocent civilians (just like Taliban) @MirSohaib

    coffee_n_cream One world no borders
    .@Laibaah @MirSohaib If ISI is killing settlers & pinning it on Baloch fighters, the accused org shld issue statement rejecting blame.

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @MirSohaib @Laibaah @coffee_n_cream @Abdul_Bugti If ok to target innocent civilians by Baloch then Pak army can argue the same. Terrible.

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @coffee_n_cream @MirSohaib There are some gaps but they have published some excellent reports on Baloch genocide, also on settler killings.

    coffee_n_cream One world no borders
    .@Laibaah @MirSohaib What I wld like to see is more transparency abt orgs fighting for human rights in Balochistan. Positions, statements.

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @MirSohaib @Laibaah @coffee_n_cream @Abdul_Bugti No doubt Baloch suffer immensely but does that mean its ok to murder innocent civilians?

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @coffee_n_cream Self-defense against enemy combatant is understandable, not against non-combatant civilians. @MirSohaib

    coffee_n_cream One world no borders
    .@Laibaah @MirSohaib BUT self-defense is a violence that is a right. No one can be expected to give up & die at hands of oppressor.

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @MirSohaib @Laibaah @coffee_n_cream @hrw Fighting a war is not illegal but violating the laws of war is illegal no matter who does it.

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @coffee_n_cream HRW and other organizations have documented systematic violence against settlers in Balochistan, which is SAD! @MirSohaib

    coffee_n_cream One world no borders
    .@Laibaah @MirSohaib Compromise of humanitarian principles is to be condemned. Targeting of groups (ethnic etc) is a violation of intl law.

    AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
    @Abdul_Bugti @Laibaah @MirSohaib @HaniBaloch Agree it is easy to say & hard to do but thats true for all sides in conflict even the “bad” 1

    coffee_n_cream One world no borders
    .@Laibaah @MirSohaib From where I sit, it’s not entirely clear which orgs opposing Pakistan gov are in compliance w humanitarian principles.

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @coffee_n_cream @MirSohaib Complying with humanitarian principles is an element which has been compromised in some cases. Well documented.

    coffee_n_cream One world no borders
    .@Laibaah @MirSohaib … complied w humanitarian principles.” But now here is where I do not know enough re orgs like BLA.

    coffee_n_cream One world no borders
    @Laibaah @MirSohaib …and dignity. It was not possible to talk of ‘terrorism’, ‘anarchy’, or ‘disorders’ in case of rebels who…

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @coffee_n_cream @MirSohaib Univ Decl HR can’t be used to condone violence against innocent civilians. Pls read @HRW link I sent.

    coffee_n_cream One world no borders
    .@Laibaah @MirSohaib Univ Decl HR recognizes right to “recourse as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny & oppression & take up arms.”

    Zeb_Jalebi_Khan Zubair
    @MirSohaib @Laibaah add #Seraikis too,They too targeted especially from #DeraGhaziKhan just because #Balochs there cant speak #Balochi

    Zeb_Jalebi_Khan Zubair
    @MirSohaib @Laibaah My two cents on Violence #Punjabis,#Muharjis,#Sindhis MUST leave #Balochistan. No future of them there.Better 4 balochs

    MirSohaib Mir Sohaib Mengal
    @Laibaah bt violence in self defence is 100% justified @hanibaloch @abdul_bugti @bixenjo @mureedbizenjo

    MirSohaib Mir Sohaib Mengal
    @Laibaah killing innocents is another thing which should be condemned ..@hanibaloch @abdul_bugti @bixenjo @mureedbizenjo

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @MirSohaib hrw.org/en/news/2011/0… @HaniBaloch @abdul_bugti @bixenjo @mureedbizenjo

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    I agree with @AliDayan “notion that u can legitimately engage in such acts as retaliation is nonsense” @MirSohaib @HaniBaloch @abdul_bugti

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @MirSohaib HRW and other org have published detailed reports on violence in Balochistan. @HaniBaloch @abdul_bugti @bixenjo @mureedbizenjo

    MirSohaib Mir Sohaib Mengal
    @Laibaah what if ur sisters and brothers were killed in front of u?? @hanibaloch @abdul_bugti @bixenjo @mureedbizenjo

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @MirSohaib Violence as defined, documented & condemned by UN, HRW, Amnesty, HRCP etc. @abdul_bugti @hanibaloch @bixenjo @mureedbizenjo

    MirSohaib Mir Sohaib Mengal
    @Laibaah u go and bomb their houses rape their women and u expect non-violence?? @abdul_bugti @hanibaloch @bixenjo @mureedbizenjo

    MirSohaib Mir Sohaib Mengal
    @Laibaah violence in the form of self defence? @abdul_bugti @hanibaloch @bixenjo @mureedbizenjo

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @tatom2k Purism = Nazism
    3 hours ago

    tatom2k Tatom
    @Laibaah yeah so was Hazrat Adam(PBUH) or first homo sapiens pure baloch,sindhi,pathan, etc. etc. etc.😛

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @Abdul_Bugti I fully support Baloch struggle for freedom. I condemn all forms of violence. @MirSohaib @HaniBaloch @Bixenjo @MureedBizenjo

    MirSohaib Mir Sohaib Mengal
    @Laibaah anyone that doesn’t support our freedom is nt from us @abdul_bugti @hanibaloch @mureedbizenjo

    MirSohaib Mir Sohaib Mengal
    @Laibaah laibaah we respect ur stance on #balochistan .. hope u r nt against our freedom movement @abdul_bugti @hanibaloch

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    Obviously I am not pure enough!🙂 RT @tatom2k @Laibaah haha u becoming target again?
    3 hours ago

    Abdul_Bugti Abdul Bugti
    @Laibaah please don’t try to deface me,i am secular #Baloch and i like you 4supporting the oppressed no matter u r a #Baloch/#muslim or not

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    @Abdul_Bugti I am not a pure Baloch. Nor am I a pure Muslim. Kill me! @HaniBaloch @MureedBizenjo @MirSohaib

    Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri
    Thank you. I am not pure! RT @Abdul_Bugti Laibaah Baloche nahen,be carefull @HaniBaloch

    Abdul_Bugti
    Laibaah Baloche nahen,be carefull @HaniBaloch

    HaniBaloch Hani Baloch
    RT “‎@Laibaah‏: منی جان اِنت بلوچستان ، منی ساه اِنت بَلوچستان ، مَنی هَمُک درد ءِ دَرمان اِنت بَلوچستان (v Baluch nation)”

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