Wait­ing for Jus­tice

Southasia - - Editor’s Mail -

Your story on the Pak­istani de­tainees still in the Ba­gram prison in Afghanistan was an eye-opener. Very few peo­ple know of the is­sue and it is un­for­tu­nately un­der-re­ported in the me­dia. The work be­ing con­ducted by Jus­tice Project Pak­istan is in­deed com­mend­able! While se­ri­ous is­sues like this need ex­ten­sive le­gal work to af­fect pol­icy change, it is im­per­a­tive that sto­ries of this na­ture are high­lighted by a me­dia that touts its “free and in­de­pen­dent” na­ture. It is un­for­tu­nate that most pris­on­ers still at Ba­gram re- main in cap­tive with­out be­ing proven guilty. Sub­jected to in­hu­mane acts of tor­ture, th­ese young pris­on­ers de­serve jus­tice and for that, their gov­ern­ments must act swiftly. As ar­gued in your ar­ti­cle, not only would this pro­vide much needed jus­tice to the de­tained but also serve as a ma­jor re­deem­ing moment for Pak­istan. The win­dow of op­por­tu­nity is, how­ever, clos­ing rapidly. Pak­istan must act in good faith be­fore the U.S forces with­draw from Afghanistan and Pak­istani ac­tions are seen as noth­ing more than sim­ple po­lit­i­cal arm-twist­ing. With elec­tions loom­ing close, it is un­cer­tain whether the Pak­istani government will raise the is­sue. Re­gard­less of this, it is the duty of the me­dia to draw at­ten­tion to such atroc­i­ties and al­low the pub­lic to make a de­ci­sion to ei­ther re­main silent or serve as a pres­sure group to con­vince its government to bring back and de­liver jus­tice to its own ci­ti­zens.

Ali Maq­bool Rawalpindi, Pak­istan

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