Nov 25, 2008

ANAA's letter to NY Time on their article on Education in Pakistan and Mr. Bijrani Case

24th Nov, 2008


The NY Times Editor,

Dear Editor,

Nicolas Kristoff has been a true friend for people of Pakistan. He has fearlessly written for the survivors specially Mukhtaran Mai, Shazia Khalid and Aisha Parveen. Your paper is creating a needed space for civil society by exposing the utter incompetence and criminal behaviour of people in power.

I am the president of ANAA, US based advocacy group for people of Pakistan. In the past our efforts to highlight honour crimes and other human right abuses in Pakistan have been supported by timely published op-ed pieces in your paper.

We fully support Mr. Kristoff's recommendation to US policy maker in his recent article, The Pakistan Test published on November 22rd, 2008. It would have been timely that he had recommended the restoration of Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, who had ordered the arrest of Mr Bijarani while presiding the Supreme Court. Justice Iftikhar is currently on a US trip to receive the Medal of Freedom from Harvard University.

Pakistan's civil society is grateful for your paper's contribution for rule of law and respect of human rights in Pakistan.

Zaffar Iqbal, MD
ANAA President

Mr. Bijrani Case Details.

Nicolas Kristoff Blog

Nicolas Kristoff Reporting on:

Mukhtaran Mai Case:
Raped, kidnapped and silenced. NY Times, 14 June 2005
11 Years Old Wife Nicolas Kristoff. - NY Times 21 June 2005
A Free Women Nicolas Kristoff. - NY Times 19 June 2005
Detailed Archive on Mukhtaran Case prepared by ANAA

Dr. Shazia Khalid Case:
Another Face of Terror. NY Times, 31st July 2005
A Pakistani Rape and a Pakistani Love Story. NY Times, 2nd Aug 2005
Detailed Archive on Shazia Khalid Case prepared by ANAA

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