Editor’s note: In the light of some feedback received from various activists within and outside Pakistan, I wrote a brief, critical post on HRCP’s statement on the massacre of 30 Shias in Mastung. Apparently, my post was hugely disliked by some leading champions of human rights including Ali Dayan Hasan (HRW), Beena Sarwar (CFD) and Raza Rumi (PTH/TFT). Beena called me a liberal fascist, Ali Dayan alleged me of spending all my time anonymously attacking human rights defenders and organizations, while Raza alleged that by criticizing the HRCP’s statement, I was siding with the right wing fascists.
I invite everyone to read my post on HRCP’s statement which can be accessed here: Pakistani Shias, rights activists reject HRCP’s statement on Shia killings in Pakistan
I also invite critical readers to review the following three posts:
I am providing below a copy of some charges which were publicly levelled against me by some leading defenders of human rights in Pakistan. I don’t want to respond to ad hominem or straw man and am a bit disappointed that instead of commenting on the content of the said post, they chose to attack my person. Last but not least, I am indebted to dozens of Pakistani and international activists who bravely and generously came to my support and constructively engaged with my critics. Happy reading!
Charge-sheet against Laibaah
AliDayan Ali Dayan Hasan
You know @Laibaah, your attack on HRCP is unwarranted, unnecessary & counter-productive. Why do u spend all your time (anonymously) attacking human rights defenders and orgs rather than human rights abusers? do you want to focus on holding abusers accountable or engaging in twitter trials of hr defenders and orgs?
@Laibaah is not even a real person. On twitter all he/she does is attack HR orgs & defenders instead of talking abt abusers. allies should be allies and not a lynch mob – there are too many of those anyway.
attacking HRCP is counter-productive, not seeking help. very different things.
I put my life at risk repeatedly. No one has ever seen Laibaah or knows whoshe actually is. Surely, u c the difference. she says she lives in the US. I have invited her to visit any HRW office in the US with verifiable evidence. No response.
beenasarwar beena sarwar
+1 @AliDayan: @Laibaah Why do u spend all yr time (anonymously) attacking human rights defenders and orgs rather than human rights abusers?
Folks attacking HRCP are only playing into the hands of those creating divisions among progressive-minded Pakistanis
Liberal fascists = hide behind anonymous ids, have progressive pretensions, attack others who have moderate views.
I don’t know what else to call people who say they’re liberal but are totally reactionary & only attack others.
We don’t know what his/her (Laibaah) self interests are. Raises voice for Shia, Baloch. But attacks ppl unfairly.
Plus a lot of time is wasted countering his/her unfair attacks, so mostly I ignore.
“Honest”? What is honest about attacking (anonymously) human rights defenders and orgs rather than human rights abusers?
beenasarwar beena sarwar
Agree. @Tahirimran: I believe HRCP no matter what it does good or bad is a symbol of hope for millions
Razarumi Raza Rumi
RT @AliDayan: U know @Laibaah, yr attack on HRCP is unwarranted, unnecessary & counter-productive
@Laibaah If U R going 2 attack HRCP, an organisation which has bn at the forefront of HR struggles, U will B on the side of rt wing fascists
HRCP is Pakistan’s asset & has successfully raised issues such as blasphemy,minorities status & HR violations & its members hve suffered
i’m most disappointed at the name-calling & baseless charged being hurled at the liberal minority which is being killed
So-called progressives R disunited & quick 2 discredit each other. ths is y Pakistan h b captured by extremists
I support the Shia and Baloch causes but individuals r nt enuf.We need campaigns & movements #collective #action
A specimen of Tweeps reaction to charges against Laibaah
coffee_n_cream One world no borders
@Laibaah @Razarumi I’ve read both HRCP & AHRC statements. I read HRCP 1st & didn’t think it was terrible til I read much better AHRC. Also, I understand these killings are not sectarian but sponsored by the state. If so, why does HRCP say it’s sectarian?
All major HR org align with political agendas. Joe Stork (HRW) always & only speaks at Islamist reformist events re Iran in Washington DC. Amnesty’s Elise Auerbach did her best to undermine campaign to save Sakineh Ashtiani by saying she wasn’t worthy of attn.
If HRCP has been choosing not to cover ongoing Shia slaughter, it SHLD be highlighted. No human rights org is above criticism just because they “promise” they don’t have a political agenda. They do.
munir104 Munir Khan
The idea that HRCP or any other “professional” should not be held to account is false! If @Laibaah is fearless & ruffles a few feathers to get her point across & highlight atrocities she should be applauded!! I have a lifetime membership of HRCP but that does not mean it is preserved in aspic and cannot be challenged or criticised! Not the role of committed activists like @Laibaah to curry favour or hold back on criticism of atrocities or complicity/silence of others!
@AliDayan To be honest I have lots of respect for you, but I think that you are too concerned about conventions of dialogue & not the issue! @AliDayan As the public face of HRW ur always going to be in the spotlight.Comes with the territory & should not be considered a “trial”!
@beenasarwar @AliDayan Using loaded terms such as “twitter trials” misses the point.Activism is abt holding ALL to account.It’s not personal. I would never want to be part of a lynch mob.The convention of lawyers & judges not mixing is not too dissimilar HR professionals will always hve activists snapping at their heels.U should embrace that & recognise tht it comes wth the job. My activism began with the anti apartheid campaign’s of the 70’s.Both as a lawyer & human being I admire those who raise their voice and are willing to be counted.Regard both of you as courageous individuals speaking out-u dont have to be friends!
MaulaBuksh Maula Bux Thadani
@beenasarwar @AliDayan @Laibaah attacking or auditing; there is a difference. Here in Pakistan, only Zardari/PPP can b abused, cursed. Jihadi killers, backers, apologists no-go areas. you ask them any questions & they squash debate by howling “personal attacks” “abusive” etc. How has this pakistanblogzine.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/pak… “attacked” HRCP. Are questions not on? I am afraid intimidation tactics by Pk HR orgs to silience debate is making things worst. v disappointing.
[human rights org] the same ones whose role has been diluted wrt the current massacres, which falsely presented as “sectarianism”. misrepresenting critique such as https://pakistanblogzine.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/pakistani-shias-reject-hrcps-statement-on-shia-killings-in-pakistan/ as “attacks” is subtle intimidation. When constraints are leading to mass-scale misrepresentation affecting the lives of millions, thats a problem. is what @Laibaah saying & this report about HRCP https://pakistanblogzine.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/pakistani-shias-reject-hrcps-statement-on-shia-killings-in-pakistan/ wrong? Aren’t such critiques essential? If @alidayan has constraints which force him, HRCP to issue vague, ambivalent propaganda, he, other HRs should resign. after 35,000 dead we cannot afford vague, counterproductive, obfuscatory reports. look at the difference between #HRCP & #AHRC reports; former vague, confusing, latter to the point. single “oversight” [sectarianism narrative] affects the lives of 36 million Pakistani Shias! No trashing, just questions for today. movements need to evolve, accept new realities; pk cannot afford more obfuscation. today, 180 million Pakistanis at the mercy of the Jihad Ent. of ISI-GHQ.
mSaleemJaved Saleem Javed
Had accumulated enormous amount of respect for @AliDayan. Crying out 4 help in a state of trauma should not b considered counter-productive.
@AliDayan u r paid in thousands to report the human rights issues in Pakistan, not2 expect love messages while being silent. Would you remain calm after burying your people in a mass grave? chk here, have just returned http://latestsoftwares.at.ua/_ph/19/343467347.jpg
Utmost respect 4 @Asma_Jahangir & other HRCP but @AliDayan ‘s reaction to our call4help is absolutely hurting/dissapointng
None has rejected his [alidayan’s] advocacy. Is he so immature to take a call for help as counter-productive and nonsense?
Condemning the terrorists are also counter productive. Lets praise them then! RT @AliDayan: You know @Laibaah, your attack …
Counter-productive? Too much inspired by Immy politics. RT @AliDayan: You know @Laibaah, your attack…
Trackerinblue Human Being
@AliDayan I agree w/ @Laibaah HRCP needs to take a stand, investigate, name names, be specific in denouncing HR violators.
@laibaah tell that person that I cnt reveal my tru identity either bcoz of v real threats 2 my life from the regimes of the ppl I campaign 4. tell that…. that thousands of us in brutal regimes can’t reveal our true identities for the same reasons!!. then, tell that… that making himself out to b a selfless hero of some kind is very unattractive and egotistical
Abdul_Bugti Abdul Bugti
@AliDayan Sir, if respectable #HRCP hasn’t been silent, May u plz share details of his activities on #Hazara #Shia killings
@AliDayan Sir,what do you mean by “attacking human rights abusers” ,Should #Hazara #Shia pick up arms & fight against LeJ??
@AliDayan Wht U mean unnecessary& unwarranted,Sir?R U justifying #Hazara #Shia mass killings?if not whats reason of silence?
wasifsa Wasif Shamim
@Razarumi If she is criticizing #HRCP its her right coz they r at fault, u shd criticize too rathr than asking her not @Laibaah
@Laibaah Why do all pseudo liberals join in when you criticize them for wrong doing? I’ve seen that many times. Shameless !
#HRCP at times prove that they are controlled by the deep state . ISI-SSP-LeJ
naeemshamim Naeem Shamim
Blame her for her anonymity but effective watchdogs like @Laibaah doing historic task of exposing/questioning HR officials/standards. Who killed #Shia Zaireen?All those who chant Kafir,Kafir Shia Kafir & those who fund them & those who release thm on the ‘lack of evidence’
Chiltan salma jafar
@AliDayan if we don’t agree with others criticism- should not Dismiss them as Fake either need to respect others views @Laibaah
I think all including Human rights organizations should eb open to scrutiny if selective even if that selectivism is unintentional
@aliarqam a)she only criticized a report b) why do we corner ppl when they choose to disagree
@Laibaah these org work as pressure groups in pak hardly any organ is working even moderately effec let alone these pressure grps. so honestly don’t give it much thought wt they say and do #won’t make any difference
@AliDayan Sir half truths in name of hmn rights r more irritating & misleading, we expect better from ur excellency @Laibaah
theRealYLH Yasser Hamdani
@AliDayan @Razarumi Well Laibaah atleast is honest and not in it to make money. #HRCP is ineffective. HRCP is ineffective considering that other making big names, it failed to make headway on anything.
@Razarumi Do our liberals have the courage to speak against violence being done by ISI? @beenasarwar
Can #HRW #HRCP & other #HR persons condenm ldrs #PPP who equaled #Hazaras #SHia 2 Hizbola instead of bashing critics?
@AliDayan Jst see TL no 1 is abusing only thng is criticism & 1 has right 2 do it if tht HR org jst ignoring HR issues @Laibaah
@Laibaah Evry1 is respnsible #shiagenocide Gov & Judiciary.Even media coz it don’t give shia coverage i hv witnesd it myself