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May 10 2014

Human Rights Activist Killed in Pakistan

A human rights activist and attorney who defends those accused of blasphemy in Pakistan was killed by two gunmen in the city of Multan. Rashid Rehman Khan was one of the most prominent human rights activists in the country and his murder reveals just how horrible the situation is there.

Initial reports suggest that Khan was targeted by two gunmen inside his office at Kachehri Chowk.

Sources told Dawn.com that two clean-shaven young men barged into Advocate Khan’s office and shot him dead. They also injured his two lawyer friends, identified as Nadeem Parwaz and Afzal.

Injured were taken to Nishtar Medical Center where Parwaz is said to be in a critical condition.

“Armed gunmen stormed the chamber of Rashid Rehman and started indiscriminate firing on Wednesday evening, injuring Rehman and two of his associates present there,” senior police official Zulfiqar Ali told AFP.

Advocate Rashid Rehman Khan was a coordinator for the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). The senior lawyer was defending a university lecturer accused of blasphemy and had complained that he had been receiving threats on his life.

Living in America, it’s almost inconceivable to think that you could be killed not only for speaking your mind, but merely for defending someone who does.

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  1. 1
    D. C. Sessions

    Living in America, it’s almost inconceivable to think that you could be killed not only for speaking your mind, but merely for defending someone who does.

    Living in America, contributing to the legal defense of someone accused of “terrorism” is enough to get you into plenty of trouble already and we’re still tightening the screws.

  2. 2
    Trebuchet

    What are the odds these “young men” were government agents? Pretty high, I’d guess.

  3. 3
    raven

    Pakistan is a failed nation and getting worse not better.

    There are so many conflicts between groups, it is hard to keep track of them.

    The Baluchis are fighting a civil war against the central government in Baluchistan. Many refugees heading for Australia are Shiites because they keep getting attacked by Sunnis. Everyone hates the Amadiyas, Christians, and Hindus. Sunnis attack Sufis. The Taliban butcher people in the north and east.

    They’ve attacked and killed many polio vaccine health workers and Pakistan is one of two places with polio epidemics. One of the nuclear bomb stockpiles has been attacked twice by the Taliban.

    The economy is a basket case and things we take for granted like electric power, education, and potable water are scarce and getting scarcer.

  4. 4
    raven

    Wikipedia:

    As of 2013 massive long-standing electricity shortages continued with long-standing failure to provide reliable service and rampant corruption being met by public protests, unauthorized connections, and refusal by consumers to pay for intermittent service.[2][3][4] Electricity generation in Pakistan has shrunk by up to 50% in recent years due to an over-reliance on fossil fuels.[5] In 2008, availability of power in Pakistan falls short of the population’s needs by 15%[6] Pakistan was hit by its worst power crisis in 2007 when production fell by 6000 Megawatts and massive blackouts followed suit.[6] Load Shedding and power blackouts have become severe in Pakistan in recent years.[7] The main problem with Pakistan’s poor power generation is rising political instability, together with rising demands for power and lack of efficiency.[8] Provincial and federal agencies, who are the largest consumers, often do not pay their bills.[9]

    Here is an example of what is happening in Pakistan.

    They can’t even keep the lights on.

  5. 5
    raven

    There have been studies and recent books on How Nations Fail.

    It’s actually quite simple and easy to fail.

    Part of it is a weak central government that can’t collect taxes. A modern nation needs to collect at least 10% of GDP to fund its services.

    And this is why Loonytarianism is a (horror) fairy tale and a recipe for third world heading towards stone age status.

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    imthegenieicandoanything

    Pakistan is a broken nation, where the extremists can do whatever they like now and criminals and political factions that might as well be gangs fight openly for power, unconcerned that the country is being destroyed.

    And they have nuclear weapons.

    It’s my #1 fear for the next use of them, and it will be done out of vanity and justified by some particularly vicious Muslim fanatic who wants his name to go down in history.

  7. 7
    Suido

    Doctors who work at clinics that provide full reproductive health care. Land of the free.

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