Mukhtar Mai’s counsel, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, had moved an application for adjournment, which was considered the best course of action in the current circumstances. With no right to a further appeal, Mai’s rapists will stay in jail. However, the threat to the safety of Mukhtar Mai, and her family, from those implicated in the interference in her case remains. A message of thanks from Mukhtar Mai Women’s Welfare Organization:
“Hats off to all of you for your efforts for all the interventions you made in support of Mukhtar! and to Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan for agreeing to appear for Mukhtar’s case because he has not been appearing in any case because of his principled stand believing the imposition of emergency and sacking of the judiciary in November 2007 illegal and unconstitutional. Barrister Ahsan is former President of Supreme Court Bar Association and is one of the main leader of the lawyers movement.”
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Mukhtar Mai Women’s Welfare Organization cautions that we have to ensure the perpetrators do not receive favourable treatment because of their political influence. It is much more important now because the threat to the lives of Mukhtar Mai, her family and colleagues has increased after exposing the minister’s act.
The Welfare organization recommend we continue our written interventions and ask the government of Pakistan to:
* Ensure that interference and political influence is not used in the proceedings of the case.
* Hold accountable the Federal Minister Mr. Abdul Qayyum Jatoi for his interference in a sub-judice matter and demand that he should be de-seated from his public office.
* Develop a security system for the safety and security of Mukhtar Mai, her family and colleagues, because of the increased threat to their lives, and that the police official should be directed to ensure that the security system is being implemented in letter and spirit.
Mr. Asif Ali Zardari
President of Pakistan
FAX: +92-51-9203297 & +92-51-922 1422
Mr. Yousuf Raza Gillani
Prime Minister of Pakistan
Prime Minister House
Mr. Rehman Malik
Advisor / Minister for Interior
R Block, Pak Secretariat
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Fax: +92-51- 9202624
Ms. Sherry Rehman
Minister for Women Development
1/F, State Building: 5
Ministry of Women Development
Mr. Salman Tasseer
Governor of Punjab
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