July 23, 2018
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed grave concerns at the escalating threat to independent candidate Jibran Nasir in Karachi.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the HRCP condemned “the violence and malice that has dogged Mr Nasir’s election campaign. It is of serious concern to the Commission that local clerics and supporters of the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) have reportedly incited charged mobs to engage in violence to prevent him from canvassing.”
“No member of the public or of any state institution has any right whatsoever to question – or indeed, to demand he prove – his faith. The frightening implications this could have for Mr. Nasir’s personal safety and that of his political workers should be lost on no one – least of all the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the caretaker government.”
The HRCP further stated, “the constant vitriol of TLP supporters such as cleric Naveed Abbasi violates the ECP’s code of conduct for political parties. Given that the TLP has been accorded the status of a legitimate party, HRCP demands that the ECP disqualify any TLP (or other) candidates linked to inciting such violence and provide Mr Nasir with proper security.”
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Jibran Nasir is a vocal human rights activist and maintains strong views about the alleged military’s intervention in state affairs and extremism in the country. Mr. Nasir has several times in the past been threatened but he has refused to budge and has continued to raise voice for the downtrodden masses in the country.
Jibran Nasir, a lawyer by profession, is contesting elections from NA-247 Karachi.