Saturday, October 30, 2010

PFUJ felicitates victory of Asma Jahangir

PFUJ felicitates victory of Asma Jahangir

ISLAMABAD, Oct 30: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has congratulated Ms Asma Jahangir on her victory to the top slot of the Supreme Court Bar Association and termed it a victory of the rule of law, human rights, democracy, freedom of expression, press and country’s transition to genuine civilian rule.

In a statement issued here on Saturday, the PFUJ said that the election of Asma Jahangir would make her the first women to lead Pakistan's most influential forum of lawyers, and her success is victory of democratic forces, lovers of freedom of expression and independence of media.

Another distinction of Asma Jehangir is that in 1969 rights movement of media persons against atrocities, censorship, black laws, and for their economic rights, and against retrenchments she always stood with the PFUJ and its affiliated unions.

In a number of legal battles she represented the cause of working journalists without any professional charges, which indicates her commitment to oppressed and depressed classes.

She is undoubtedly the champion of the cause of justice, equity and fairplay and freedom of expression, the PFUJ added.

"The success of Asma Jahangir to head the most prestigious office of SCBA would no doubt infuriate those who are opposed to her decade-long principled advocacy for human rights, dignity, civil liberties, supremacy of civil and constitutional rule," the said PFUJ.

"The election honors not only Jahangir's unflinching integrity, but also all of those who are struggling for the rule of law."

From 1998 to 2004, Asma Jahangir served as the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions.

From 2004 until July 2010, she was the UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. She resigned as chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in July to run for the SCBA presidency.

The PFUJ is confident that Asma will continue her struggle for rights, independence of judiciary, rule of law, dignity of the lawyers, rights of the underprivileged segments of society and for the cause of media persons with the spirit she had displayed throughout her career.

Shamsul Islam Naz
Secretary General
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