The following is an exact copy-paste of the ad hominem, straw man and abuses which were showered at me by Mr. Ali Dayan Hasan, Director of Human Rights Watch, Pakistan, on Thursday, 22 September 2011 in full public sight. What was my crime? I had written the following critical post: : Pakistani Shias, rights activists reject HRCP’s statement on Shia killings in Pakistan.
In summary, the following was my criticism of the HRCP statement in view of the feedback received from various rights activists including Shia activists:
Pakistani human rights activists including Shia activists have rejected a very weak, formal statement by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan on the Mastung massacre, which:
- fails to name and condemn the Deep State for its institutional support to the SSP-TTP footsoldiers who are killing Shia Muslims and other minority communities in Pakistan.
- wrongly presents the ongoing Shia massacres by the SSP-TTP proxies of the deep state as a routine Sunni-Shia sectarianism.
- fails to provide a bigger picture of the ongoing Shia massacres which are currently taking place in Parachinar, D.I.Khan, Karachi, Quetta and elsewhere.
- does not provide exact statistics on Shia killings in Pakistan in recent years.
One wonders why doesn’t Zohra Yusuf and her colleagues in HRCP show some courage and integrity by modelling the bold and honest statement which was issued today by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the ongoing Shia massacres in Pakistan highlighting the complicity of Pakistan army and judiciary.
It may be recalled that only one day ago, on 21 September 2011, Mr. Hasan along with two of his friends had attacked me with a similar abusive discourse , while deflecting my criticism of the army/ISI. Here is a copyy of what Mr. Hasan wrote to me on Twitter:
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.
However, the level of discourse today (22 Sep 2011) was much viler than his previous performance.
Here is my appeal to Mr. Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch.
Mr. Roth, sir, is this the level of discourse and conduct expected from your representative in Pakistan. Does Mr. Hasan’s language and attitude represent the ethical and professional conduct of Human Rights Watch? Please review my post, I only raised voice in support of a mass murdered, widely neglected and misrepresented community. Was my post, which represented sentiments of Shia and other rights activists, really that problematic that Mr. Hasan found it apt to attack my person, called me an ISI agent, a virus, a computer program, and a killer of human rights activists?
I can tolerate personal abuse, what is really disappointing is the fact that the HRCP’s statement and Mr. Hasan’s reaction deliberately obfuscates, confuses and deflects criticism of army/ISI in fostering the Jihad Enterprise that directly threatens the lives of 36 millions Pakistani Shia Muslims specifically and 180 million Pakistanis overall.
Please review Mr. Hasan’s own words and my response (copied from Twitter without any alteration). Mr. Hasan’s comments are in block quotes (bold) whereas mine and other Tweeps’ responses are in square brackets. To say the least, many of my friends and myself have lost our faith in the Pakistan chapter of Human Rights Watch!
Someone hiding in Arizona writing anonymous blogs/screaming tweets-even better!
It turns out @Laibaah is a spineless coward preaching to those in line of fire #hypocrite.
[Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri: @AliDayan Sir, when you are done with abusing me, plz do tell what was wrong in my post.]
Lets shut down HRCP, Amnesty, HRW and leave @Laibaah to defend Pakistan rights from “hiding” in US #NOT
Come and spend ONE day in Pak facing reality before you dare be ignorant and disrespectful again .
@Laibaah I hope for once in your twitter life, you are quiet because you are ASHAMED. You ought to be. Take my advice, stay quiet #UNETHICAL
[KamranShafi46 Kamran Shafi: @AliDayan How come I can’t see any response from @Laibah?]
Maybe @Laibaah is concentrating on her own contradictions, hypocrisy, lies, dishonesty and cowardice
[Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri: @AliDayan Ali Dayan, I respect you more than most around. I am not your enemy, FGS!]
@Laibaah It hardly matters. You have no credibility. You are not even a real person #Joke
More important than your silly posts @Laibaah there is something seriously wrong with you
[RiazToori Riaz Ali Toori: RT “@Razarumi: @Laibaah Ok let’s call ceasefire now. I would request @AliDayan as well. Twitter-jhagras will lead us nowhere]
With due respect to @RiazToori , I can never be part of “us” that includes @Laibaah. I am both sane and a REAL person.
Witrh due respect to @Razarumi , @Laibaah is a fraud and a hoax. Enough. Abusive trolls need to be put in their place.
[Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri: @Razarumi Sir, I am not even returning @AliDayan’s personal attacks. I don’t want to fight with him. I am on his side! ]
@Laibaah You are not on anybody’s side. For that you need to be an ACTUAL person.
[Laibaah: @AliDayan Upset by my post on HRCP, you focus on my person? No harm in being honest!]
@Laibaah You pathetic internet freak- you are NOT A person. Just a computer virus.
[Gilgiti Farooq Ahmed Khan: @AliDayan Ali Sb why are you so adverse against? @Laibaah]
[Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri: @AliDayan Hold it, Ali. Pause and reflect.]
@Laibaah We are not on a first-name basis, twitter troll. “Pause and reflect” -HAHAHAHAHA
[Laibaah: @AliDayan Your attitude today is very unfair I must say.]
@Laibaah Now go and write another moronic blogpost as per your “programming loop”- #fake
Call Microsoft, get in touch with Twitter, rumor has it the ISI has unleashed the @Laibaah virus. It kills all human rights activists.
[Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri: @AliDayan LOL. Yesterday @beenasarwar called me a liberal fascist, today you call me a virus unleashed by ISI. I am flattered.]
The @Laibaah Virus has gone into “hurt” mode. It can mimic human emotions very well.
[Laibaah: @AliDayan Of course I am human. I get hurt when Shias, Ahmadis, Baloch etc are killed! ]
@Laibaah Oh cut the crap. “You” get hurt – the rest of dance with joy? right! #LOSER
The @Laibaah virus originates in US and targets & kills human rights activists in Pak so it can run HR movt from cyberspace as Supreme Leader
[Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri : @AliDayan I am not a virus, nor do I kill human rights activists in Pakistan. Please stop this!]
[Laibaah: @AliDayan Who is Laibaah? http://t.co/fPGyuy7h and http://t.co/CZE9aTkz To my silent friends on Twitter: dunya mein Qateel uss sa munafiq nahin koi/jo zulm tau sehta he baghawat nahin karta, approximate translation: “only hypocrites remain silent on injustice.”]
[Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri: @AliDayan I ask only one question: what was wrong in my post on HRCP. Abuse me as much as you want but answer this question plz]
@Laibaah HRW talks to real people not comouter programs. You are a prog on a loop right now.
[Laibaah Laiba Ahmad Marri: @AliDayan You couldn’t save Saleem Shahzad from slaughter, how can you guarantee my safety & privacy? ]
@Laibaah Now, never address a tweet to me or including me ever again. Comprendo? I talk to REAL people not computer progs
[Laibaah: @AliDayan As long as you are a director of @hrw Pakistan, I will keep reminding you of your ethical and professional duties. I promise!]
A specimen of general reaction by Pakistani and international Twitterati to Mr. Ali Dayan Hasan’s abusive language
[coffee_n_cream One world no borders: I have to say that as an outside observer, I am appalled to watch HRW staffer @AliDayan do his level best to dehumanize another human being. No one who is supposed to be the standard-bearer for human rights anywhere has a right to be so verbally violent. I don’t care what Laibaah has said to infuriate you so, I expect better from you. The whole world does, & counts on that. I keep hoping to find out his account was hijacked. I really… really, I find this extremely upsetting. :(. disappointed. ]
[agmnkb Ghaffar Baloch : @coffee_n_cream I don’t believe that @AliDayan could behave like this. Remember words represent an individual.]
[y2raza: @alidayan fact is you don’t want the same fate as SSS, and frankly i don’t blame you for that, speaking up abt Shia Massacre is a nogo area]
[y2raza sar765: @Laibaah so i state the facts, and @AliDayan blocks me ! in my opinion he found this cushy job, well at least he thought it will be cushy: just to put out statements ! i am guessing he was a English or Communication major ! typical Pakistani elitist ! on top of that you are tearing down the facade he has so meticulously put up; “HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER” ! even if he puts out any statements against Shia killings, the tone and tenor of those is so obviously watered down ! i pointed out the very fact, that he in all honesty can not point out the actual culprits ! he blocks me ! at the end of the day, i do not blame him, he has a family and a social life, case in point SSS ! my gripe is ok MR Dayan fine, don’t mention the real culprits, but just admit it and while you are at it quit well if does some thing like that, HRC will have to relieve him of his duties ! CUSHY JOB ! ]
[MaulaBuksh Maula Bux Thadani: @Laibaah @AliDayan @KamranShafi46 @y2raza all this because of criticism of the vague, purposeless and obtuse HRCP report? if valid criticism of vague & ambivalent HRCP reprt caused this outburst, I fear frm PK human rights orgs. The world would have understood had HRCP stated that its hand were tied instead of issuing lies! These intellectually dishonest reports completely obfuscate the role of ISI-GHQ, 180 mill cannot afford such lies. Forget tone & tenor, these reports missing basic facts & the main culprits ISI-GHQ!. agreed[Dayan might have constrains]. but does that mean he should shout down dissent.. stop wasting ur time @Laibaah nearly 500 Hazara Shias killed while HR groups did nothing. Look at the tragic irony, HR campainger shouting down dissent.Not talking about the role of ISI-GHQ who created Jehad Inc tantamount to a coverup not HR report! If one can’t hold the Deep State accountable, atleast allow others to expose them. Dayan has constraints but should not stop others from doing his job.]
[FarhadJarral: Ali Dayan, I agree with Laibaah. HRCP report has serious problems. Don’t deflect criticism by irrational arguments (like computer loops)]
[Gorgh: @AliDayan Unfortunate,for those man who cant answer but point his finger to others & uses grimy phrases to avert his embarrassment @Laibaah]
[nukh_1975 Nusrat Khan: @y2raza @Laibaah i am going to complain 2 hrw about @AliDayan ‘s bias,so shud you-am also complaining to sum desi donors 2 hrw i know in nyc]