Arshad Sulahri: Why is the Government of Pakistan scaring me?

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I received a call from the official number of Islamabad on September 24, 2020, at 2 o’clock. It was said that a petition has been filed against you in the Cyber Crime Wing of Pakistani Federal Investigation Agency. According to the complainant, his articles and activities on social media are against the state. The office was asked to clean up; otherwise, unilateral action will be taken. As soon as I heard the call, blood sugar and blood pressure rose due to fear and anxiety. I wanted to hide the matter from the family, but my wife had heard it.

Photo: Arshad Sulahri

As soon as she entered the room, she started crying, saying, what have you done. I said nothing is serious and everything is fine. I barely calmed her down and sent her back to his room so that the daughters would not know.

Young journalists Sabuh Syed, Ali Warsi, Hanifa Abbasi, Maryam Khan from the USA, Atif Tauqeer from Germany, and Matiullah Jan, Raza Rumi, Murtaza Solangi, Jibran Nasir, Haris Khaliq, Col. (R) were informed. Reward Rehman Advocate, Sajid Tanoli Advocate, Zafar Minhas, Raja Sajid, close friend Raja Ijaz, friends of social media have fully supported that we are with you, there is no need to panic.

It so happened that on the morning of October 1, a notice came from FI Cyber Crime, but for appearance September 30, 2020, a date is mentioned. The shadows of fear began to hover again. The horror movie of diabetes, disability, homelessness, children, wife’s illness, and disability began to play out what would happen. I am a citizen of a state that is frightening me instead of protecting me. I have a Pakistani identity card, passport, I pay taxes. What is the government paying me? As a citizen of the state, I have no rights. Provide necessary living facilities, which is a constitutional and legal right is.

Suppose an anti-state is written, which is not written, even not a single letter in articles published on newspapers and digital media platforms. In any post posted on social media can prove that the state. Isn’t it the duty of the government to quell the resentment of its citizens? The government is like a mother. The form must provide basic human needs to every citizen. When the state neglects its duties, citizens are deprived of justice, employment, health, and education; then the government becomes meaningless.

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Patriotism is created by force and loyalty to the state cannot be maintained. The government can only tell the citizens about their duties after fulfilling their obligations. The state should give the rights of the citizens provided in the constitution and then question them. It can fulfill its constitutional duty; otherwise, it will not be called the state mafia, occupying the state. The state does not mean only the ruling class Let there be a monopoly and let the rest of the citizens be subjugated to them. The pledge is for modern democracy, human rights, equality, and personal freedoms. They reject all forms of slavery and subjugation, and no expediency can be exercised on it.

The Constitution of Pakistan gives every citizen the right to express his or her views. Demands fundamental human rights. We are obliged to abide by the constitution and international charters and provide all kinds of requests to its citizens. It is a fundamental human right to ask the state why I am being intimidated.

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Arshad Sulahri is a correspondent for Eat News in Pakistan, and the President of National Union Of Journalists Pakistan.


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