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Rights activist Asma Jahangir. — File photo
Rights activist Asma Jahangir. — File photo

Reports based on communication intercepts from 2010 to 2012 and other intelligence in classified documents available with the Washington Post indicate that officials in Pakistan’s security apparatus weren’t only targeting suspected insurgents when it came to extra-judicial action and that there was in deed a plot in the works to "eliminate" prominent rights activist Asma Jahangir.

According to the summary of a top-secret Defence Intelligence Agency (report), US intelligence agencies had in May 2012 discovered evidence of Pakistani officers plotting to kill Jahangir.

The DIA report did not identify which officers were plotting the attack against the activist, but said the plan “included either tasking militants to kill her in India or tasking militants or criminals to kill her in Pakistan”.

The US agency said it did not know whether the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), of which Jahangir has been a leading public critic, had approved for the plot to proceed. And although, the report speculated that the ISI was motivated to kill Jahangir “to quiet public criticism of the military,” the agency noted that such a plot “would result in international and domestic backlash as ISI is already under significant criticism for intimidation and extra-judicial killings”.

News of the alleged plot became public a few weeks later when Jahangir gave interviews in the Pakistani media, saying she had learned that officials of Pakistani intelligence had authorised her killing.

Addressing reporters on June 4, 2012, Jahangir had said that through a security leak brought to her attention by a highly credible source, she had discovered that an assassination attempt was being planned against her from the highest levels of the security establishment.

Jahangir said she thought it best to go public with the information as she feared that she could be killed and a member of her family framed for the murder.

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Javed Sep 04, 2013 10:01am

What are we doing? What happened to the ideology of Pakistan? Have we created a monster?

santzurich Sep 04, 2013 10:09am

100% secrutiy and 100% secrecy is not possible in this electronic world. Beware of my brothers, besides god, there are some people watching all your activities.

farid Sep 04, 2013 10:37am

Shame on ISI and Pakistan's corrupt establishment.

Syed Asif Zafar Sep 04, 2013 10:41am

All story is wrong and carbage.US goverement /New papers never provide any prove.Even clear the names .Pakistan need too open there eyes.God bleass pakistan.

Syed Asif Jeddah

Syed Sep 04, 2013 11:04am

Foreign agent looking for cheap publicity. Do you think killers are documenting there targets? Good Job Asma! We cannot expect anything good from you for Pakistan.

Kamran Malik Sep 04, 2013 11:06am

Very dis appointed from her role as Human Rights leader. I think she is doing this role to just get personal fame and glory. Please can anyone tell me one act to save people's lives in Kashmir, Syria, Iraq and NWFP or etc etc. Sad situation to represent such a great organization with Zero achievements. Black role in history of this organization. You can't do what you feel like and what you don't feel like. You have to reach out for situations and not for personal benefits. I hope she is not given any more roles in anything

Amarnath Sep 04, 2013 11:11am

What chance does a common stand. Pak Intlgnce agency, amry have gone rogue. Is it not time for civilian govt. to reign in both of these rogue organizations?

vigilant Sep 04, 2013 11:19am

Leak mentioned a lot of other things, like US is working against our national interests but couldn't find this called selective journalism?

IS TRYING Sep 04, 2013 11:40am


khanm Sep 04, 2013 11:50am

You are indeed a courageous lady don

laloo Sep 04, 2013 12:12pm

she ask for it,i dont blame intelegence

rashid zaidi Sep 04, 2013 12:13pm

No one should be above the law, if this is true as it seems it is, all involved should be taken to task for authorizing the hit. Till we do these corrections in our society we will never be able to become a law abiding and progressive nation.

sarim hamza Sep 04, 2013 12:53pm

why Americans are so concerned about her, and how come she is so close and in touch with us intelligence agency that they informed her about the plot?.

toocool Sep 04, 2013 01:48pm

US intelligence report, the one that assured us that Iraq had WMDs'. Their own intelligence runs their country, the president et al are just rubber stamps. You might have noticed that recently the Foreign Secretaries wield slightly more power than the pres/pm in US and UK.

Murad Malik Sep 04, 2013 01:56pm

I would not have a shed a tear if this plot would have succeeded. Not only TTP or LeJ or their likes are the sworn enemy of this country. Its people like her, who are the silent killers. But yet again whichever agency was supposed to carry out this, proved that they simply dont have the courage to take the necessary steps, and are just all talk no action category now.

laila Sep 04, 2013 04:10pm

why american are that much concerned about her and how an american agency is so close to asma that it revealed the whole plot to her...?. As far as i understand american does not bother for someone life unless they have some interest in that person to get benefits out of him / her...... what miss Asma is up to......!!!

Anees Sep 04, 2013 04:36pm

" News of the alleged plot became public a few weeks later when Jahangir gave interviews in the Pakistani media, saying she had learned that officials of Pakistani intelligence had authorised her killing.".. How? Where did she know it from? She must be in "contact" with the Americans.

Abhishek Sep 04, 2013 05:18pm

ISI at its best!!

munna khan Sep 04, 2013 05:51pm

Asma Jehangir has lost her credibility in the eyes of most pakistani and observers, she along with Hussain Haqqani cannot be trusted, as they walk, talk, and behave like a traitors of Pakistan and people of Pakistan

Junaid Sep 04, 2013 07:00pm

so her credible source is the CIA..... AHA Asma you have been exposed.

Sandeep Singh Sep 04, 2013 07:01pm

@Javed: What is Pakistan's ideology according to you Javed Ji?

rafiq minhas Sep 04, 2013 07:27pm

@Syed Asif Zafar: When you can't write/read English properly, how do you know what you gather from a newspaper report is correct or not?

Oz Sep 04, 2013 07:40pm

Without any dis-respect to her, is her blood any thicker than that of thousands of other Asma's, Tahira's and unknown daughters of the nation that are murdered, tortured, raped, harrassed and punished for no fault of their own, every day in our plagued nation ?

anand misra Sep 04, 2013 08:09pm

This is why every educated and intellectual wants to leeav from pakistan.

shakir Sep 04, 2013 08:13pm


what's the use to kill her, even only conspiracy theories nothing to do with our real issues

syed baqar ahsan Sep 04, 2013 09:24pm

If at all they have courage then Hussain Haqqani should be the test case,killing anybody else in Pakistan is no problem.

Karachi Wala Sep 04, 2013 10:02pm

When the leak of the plot that killed Benzir will come public? It is obvious in her killing all of the above mentioned characters were involved.

aslam minhas Sep 05, 2013 12:21am

Girls and women are dangerous creatures. Malala threatened the TTP so bad and then Asma scared the hell out of the agencies. The very manhood of these people was challenged. No small matter!

shami Sep 05, 2013 04:07am

Who is this lady???????? She is trying to get attention, she is no body to be killed. Asma, its time to go home and water the plants, stop dreaming.

Adil Haider Sep 05, 2013 09:01am

It seems that lately, Dawn has started believing in conspiracy theories!

Sajjad Sep 05, 2013 10:23am

Shame on ISI if the report is true

Ali Sep 05, 2013 10:33am

So how come this RAW BJP RSS agent is still walking around in Pkistan?

Nakul Gote Sep 05, 2013 10:48am

@sarim hamza: Why aren't you concerned about her?

Shyam Kokku Sep 05, 2013 12:12pm

Thank God for keeping Asma Jahangir and Malala Yousafzai alive. It is these kind of people who will make an emerging Pakistan. Not the army and certainly not the ISI. Democracy does not come without freedom and freedom does not mean anything if you cannot express yourself freely. I respect Dawn for providing this platform for all to express their divergent views to debate. Alternative is take guns and kill those differing with you! I sometimes feel that journalists and social activists in India overdo criticizing our governance and political processes. I feel like saying... "common guys, we're not as bad as you're making out to be" but then I realize that these checks and balances are critical for the growth of country both politically and economically. So instead of calling those who fight for rights anti-national, allow their voices to be heard. Then disagree if they make no sense. Even if someone is trying to become famous, that doesn't justify killing them.

Rao Sep 05, 2013 12:28pm

What else you can expect from ISI.....great Pakistani institution

Really Sep 05, 2013 06:09pm

Doesn't anyone find it slightly concerning that the agencies trusted with protecting the country are willing to assassinate Supreme Court judges because they are critical of them?

What the ISI is committing is actually treason.....that's right. TREASON. No, seriously, if you think I'm wrong - look it up.

Ali K Sep 05, 2013 07:00pm

Totally rubbish! US intelligence reports have zero credibility. And shame on Asma Jehangir to use these zero-credibility reports to spread the propaganda against the Pakistan security agencies.

daniel andrey Sep 05, 2013 07:47pm

What a country Pakistan is. All day long everyone is thinking of killing everyone else - the government included.

azmat khan Sep 05, 2013 08:16pm

@laloo: Not good.

Muhammad Younus Butt Sep 05, 2013 09:11pm

This statement to get cheap fame.U.S. information are not true and based on Jews lobby t defame Pakistan

muzammil ullah khan Sep 05, 2013 09:36pm

Why doesn't she join Hussain Haqqani in USA ?!

Saj Sep 05, 2013 11:02pm

Oh God, we got unlucky again.....when will it be Pakistan's day and something good happen.....all the good people die and those whose existence is a burden keep surviving like the old cat.....

Saj Sep 05, 2013 11:07pm

@anand misra: with rupee nearing 70 per dollar....all the brain out of the drain in india will be out soon as well uncle misra.....btw why can u Indians start minding ur own business?

Saj Sep 05, 2013 11:06pm

@munna khan: NSA program in works here to make sure this comment gets 105 thumbs

Tariq Mehsud Sep 06, 2013 02:45am

Another day another fabricated story come on who wants to kill this woman and and what for.

muzamil ullah khan Sep 06, 2013 03:06am

@Rao: With friends like you Pakistan does not need enemies.

muzamil ullah khan Sep 06, 2013 03:13am

@Sajjad: I must say how quickly we jump into the fray to condemn our own institution which are the bane of our enemies . How do we know that this news item is not planted . Why do we trust every bit of nonsense printed in foreign papers ? Have faith in your institutions who are there protecting us day and night . We must not be carried away or swayed by foreign propaganda.

Agha Asad Raza Sep 06, 2013 06:50am

This woman is a public liar!! Look at her past history!

Firoz Madhani Sep 06, 2013 11:57am

I think it was a Wise decision to assassinate her. She is Anti Pakistani.

NASAH (USA) Sep 06, 2013 06:19pm


Mir Sep 06, 2013 06:40pm

To all those who reject the US intelligence reports, go on to worshiping your army and government who have turned your country into a living hell hole. We won't bother you on our "conspiracy theory" sites.

talha Sep 06, 2013 07:10pm

total bakwas

Mustafa Sep 06, 2013 11:04pm

@muzammil ullah khan:

"Why doesn't she join Hussain Haqqani in USA ?!"

How do you know she hasn't already? She is not going to go public with such information.