Prime Minister of Pakistan
I am working as a journalist for over fifteen years in the mainstream newspapers of the country. Currently, I am affiliated with the daily Dawn in Islamabad. Besides my journalistic duty, I have been writing poetry, plays, short stories and essays for self-catharsis in a tyrant and oppressive environment. I am working on a novel – The Terrorland – partially set in the (tribal) area between Pakistan and Afghanistan. It deals with extremism and terrorism in South Asia.
Besides other aspects, I have tried to explore intellectual terrorism by characterizing some unscrupulous journalists and personnel of intelligence agencies in the era of military dictators. The about 1,000-page creative work also discusses the traditional working style of different state organs including the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI).
The mindset of our military is changing according to the needs of the new age. Today, our armed forces are more professional and global than few years back. In such a situation, my fiction is aimed at bridging the gap between East and West especially Pakistan and the United States as the protagonists belong to both countries fighting global terrorism as partners.
However, copy of my unedited fiction has been obtained by secret agencies with the help of some racist and sectarian bent of mind colleagues (who have special relations with rogue elements and had been torturing me in different ways including depriving me of salary for months and appointment letter for years, tampering with my documents and declaring me an American agent). They have assumed my novel as a history book which is an intellectual dilemma in the 21st century. After character assassination campaigns through different networks—I have been declared a “fifth column” and isolated in the society: first at office, then in the journalist and local communities in a systematic way.
I am being intimidated in different ways. There have been attempts on my life and I am locked inside my home since March 29, 2010. My phone calls, text messages and emails are being bugged/intercepted while on complain, the service providers apologized, saying that they are helpless to stop the illegal practices of the powerful secret agencies.
My family is facing crimes against humanity in a time when your elected government is in power. We are being harassed in different ways. An attempt was made to kill my younger sister in an engineered honour-related case at the Karakoram International University (KIU) in Gilgit city on March 22. Since then, she has been stopped from attending classes illegally. Another sister is also being tortured on campus. The KIU is the only university in the strategically important Gilgit-Baltistan region – bordering China, India and Afghanistan – which is literally run by secret agencies. Recent honor-related cases have shown that the terrorizing university administration is destined to ruin carriers of innocent students on political, racial, sectarian and personal grounds. The KIU is producing a new breed of Taliban having university degrees and Western appearances.
My elderly parents are under stress in the hostile society. Most of our relatives and friends are scared to contact us. We are receiving threat-calls. Evidences show that there is a mass murder plan of my family members starting with me – target-killers and suspicious persons are often seen around in my unsafe neighbourhood in Rawalpindi – which the perpetrators may declare as suicide, accident, terror attack, kidnapping for ransom or robbery etc. in their traditional way as it happens to a family at one point in my novel. I am also afraid, because, two working journalists had died in suspicious circumstances at the Karachi and Lahore offices of our media group while the Islamabad office has become famous as a “safe-house” of some spy agencies.
We are a patriotic family having a long history of sacrifices for the country. We have no general in our family but three of our generations have served the nation since independence. My younger brother got martyrdom while defending the nation as a member of the Pakistan Army. With such a background, it is a matter of shame that I am being victimized for writing about the nexus of some evildoer journalists and officials of secret agencies – a terrorizing cult that considers itself above the laws and professional ethics in the country – in a liberal way. I have always written honestly and in good faith, thinking my journalistic and creative writings a service to our reforming country in the age of globalization. But I was not aware of it that my fiction would be taken negatively and we would come under criminal attacks.
I, therefore, as a tax-paying citizen of Pakistan, request you in your position as head of the federal government to provide me and my family protection. Kindly establish an independent commission to investigate into the criminal acts against me and my family. You suffered in jail when a military regime was in power and the atrocities against us seems a conspiracy against your democratic government.
Habib R. Sulemani
1- The President of Pakistan
2- Chief Justice of Pakistan
3- Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan
4- Human rights and professional bodies
From: Habib Sulemani email@example.com
Sent: Thu, April 8, 2010 2:35:13 AM
Subject: Dawn Islamabad colleagues may kill me
Mr. Abbas Nasir
Karachi , Pakistan .
The lives of my family members and me are in danger. If we’re killed, the racist and sectarian bent of mind people at Dawn Islamabad and their unscrupulous friends at the Karakorum International University (KIU) Gilgit and personnel of intelligence agencies (“who have set up an operation camp at the library”) would be responsible for the crime.
I had been informing you from time to time how I was being victimized at workplace over the years but they didn’t stop their inhuman ways. Through a secret plan, they isolated me at office and then in the local journalist community through their effective propaganda campaigns. And then their criminal network tried to kill my sister in a fake honor-related case at the KIU. So far they’ve failed but they want to hide their crime.
Now they want to kill me and declare it a suicide, accident or an incident of robbery or terror attack etc as their hit-and-run unit tried on March 28. Who can dare to put a hand on the powerful editorial management of this mighty newspaper in the federal capital? No one dares to reveal the inside story although it is an open secret!
I know that my life is in danger, therefore, I want to make the record straight so that, if something happens to me or any member of my family here in Rawalpindi-Islamabad or my native Gilgit-Baltistan region, then Zaffar Abbas, resident editor Dawn Islamabad; Farman Ali, news editor; Adeel Raza, edition in-charge Islamabad; Rehan Yousuf, edition in-charge Frontier; Anwer Mansuri (the father), assistant editor; Yasir Mansuri (the son), sub-editor; Tariq Hasaan, sub-editor; Zar Alam, sub-editor; Aamir Wasim, staff reporter; Munawar Azeem, crime reporter; Chaudhry Ishaq, photographer and others would be responsible for the organized crime.
Habib R. Sulemani
Daily Dawn, Islamabad.
Mr. Pervaiz Shaukat
Pakistan Federal Union Of Journalists
12-Nazimuddin Road, F-6/1,
As a former colleague, you know that I am working as a journalist for over 15 years in the mainstream newspapers. Currently, I am affiliated with the daily Dawn in Islamabad. I have been victimized for years for being an upright journalist who always raised voice against unscrupulous people who abused the platform of the media.
Here I want to inform you formally that my life is in danger. I have requested the government to provide me and my family protection but there is no response so far. My Editor is also silent.
I am not disappointed by President Zardari, Prime Minister Gilani and Army Chief General Kayani. But my voice is not reaching them as my tormentors are very powerful, having God-like image in the terrorized society. They believe “we can make or break” a government in the country.
You know it very well that respected journalists – especially during election campaigns of the National Press Club Islamabad and Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists – are treated worse than animals on the Dawn Islamabad premises. However, members of intelligence agencies are being welcomed and used against a journalist like me. It is a shameful thing in the history of journalism in Pakistan.
The editorial liberty is being misused at Dawn. Members of the Islamabad editorial management are directly or indirectly running their so-called NGOs, some are working for other national and international organizations (plus sectarian and racial groups as some colleagues say).
I, therefore, seek your help as the leading organization of working journalists in the country to help me in getting protection. I also seek an independent investigation into the criminal charges against the editorial management of Dawn.
Habib R. Sulemani
1- National Press Club Islamabad
2- Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists
3- Senior journalists, friends and others.
Ms. Asma Jilani Jahangir
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
I am a journalist working with the daily Dawn in Islamabad. The secret agencies and some colleagues want to kill me and I had requested the government to provide me and my family protection but there is no response so far. My employers are also silent. After attempts on my life, I am locked inside my home in Rawalpindi since March 29, 2010.
The in-house environment is pathetic and the editorial liberty given to the editorial management by the owners of the Dawn Media Group is being abused criminally.
I, therefore, seek your help as the leading human rights organization of Pakistan – having some renowned journalists as office-bearers – to help me in getting protection and independent investigations into the matter so that I with my family get justice.
Habib R. Sulemani