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Asma slams vilification campaign against her

Updated Mar 18, 2017 02:07pm

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LAHORE: Former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association Asma Jahangir alleged on Friday that “a filthy, inciteful and utterly false propaganda campaign” was being run to tarnish her image.

In a statement, the renowned lawyer and rights activist said the campaign was “motivated at the behest of a powerful lobby and their henchmen”. It was obvious that the vilification campaign was an attempt to make an issue when none existed and for some sinister motive, she added.

“The accusation that a senior lawyer was attacked by me from pursuing his case is a blatant lie. Its reporting, in a section of the press, is equally malicious as it has been deliberately sensationalised by publishing a 2007 photograph of mine next to the false news item attempting to show that I am screaming at someone across.

“In reality, this photo has been published widely in 2007 where I was shouting at the police for using force against lawyers during the lawyers’ movement. This is the extent to which self-proclaimed pious men go to incite others to violence against those they cannot intimidate into utter submission to their dictates,” Ms Jahangir said.

“My statements have also been distorted both in their language and timing. This deliberate hype is being created to promote some ulterior motives. I vehemently deny having approached any lawyer from abandoning his brief or passed any statement to that effect. The incitement against me on the social media is an offence and the government should take action against postings that incite hatred or violence against anyone,” she added.

Published in Dawn, March 18th, 2017

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Comments (34) Closed



Najam Mar 18, 2017 08:30am

I support you wholeheartedly. May God protect you.

ADNAN MAZHER khan Mar 18, 2017 08:30am

Image is a reflection of your actions.

AKB Mar 18, 2017 08:31am

I wish she should have been the Prime Minister of Pakistan and only then the country could have made the real Progress. There are very few like her in Pakistan.

Syed F. Hussaini Mar 18, 2017 08:36am

The above-the-law rulers are averse to rule of law and lawyers.

AXH Mar 18, 2017 08:40am

@ADNAN MAZHER khan - Very true. I couldn't have said it better myself.

Ghaznavi Mar 18, 2017 08:44am

I have yet to hear from her one positive thing about our nation and Armed forces. I am not asking for much "just one"

Zakota Mar 18, 2017 08:44am

Noose is being tightened for all anti Pakistani

Parvez Mar 18, 2017 09:35am

Although I disagree with her sometimes, I respect her for being HERSELF.

Sohail Wazir Mar 18, 2017 09:51am

Pakistan waiting for some good news from her side.

Sohail Wazir Mar 18, 2017 09:53am

People don't accused one without any allegation.

Raza Farooqui-NY Mar 18, 2017 10:05am

No matter, what people say, she calls spade a spade.

No one should be above the law, and must be open for critical review.

Nailing Hussain Haqqani, and Ms. Jahangir is a ploy by vested interested to silence dissent. They are the same groups, who for last sixty odd years have brought blood bath in the land.

Imran Ahmed Mar 18, 2017 10:10am

Asma, people who admire your tenacity in fighting for principles number in the millions. Do not be discouraged.

imran ali Mar 18, 2017 10:18am

i support her..she is courageous women...campaign has been started against her by a sitting judge of IHC whose case has been referred to judicial commission for corruption

Fareed Hussain Mar 18, 2017 10:18am

It's all part of the battle over controlling the national narrative. Reactionary forces want to rule the roost by silencing everyone else who disagrees with them by hook or by crook .

Zeeshan Mar 18, 2017 10:28am

Asma is a national treasure. This nation does not know it's heroes.

HASan Mar 18, 2017 11:08am

Ms. Asma you are not alone victim of this vilification propaganda campaign. This compaign must should stop. We Pakistani's are gregarious & collectively do every thing in accordance & on the order of our leader.

MAT Mar 18, 2017 11:07am

Asma Jahangir has the courage of her convictions!

Athar Mar 18, 2017 11:12am

Nefarious campaign is started to malign a lady who always stood up firm for supporting rule of law. She never succumbed to pressures. Government needs to stop such campaign.

Faisal Naqvi Mar 18, 2017 11:17am

Asma jahangir. My hero.

khan Mar 18, 2017 11:32am

I support Asma and this false propaganda should also be punished. Allowing such activities leads to radicalization and extremism among the populace

Tariq Mar 18, 2017 11:34am

As a lawyer should uses her right by knocking doors of law.

Masood_Naqvi Mar 18, 2017 12:02pm

I support you wholeheartedly. May God protect you. She is the icon of civil right movement in Pakistan...one of the few personalities which are the last hope of civilized society in Pakistan.

Masood_Naqvi Mar 18, 2017 12:05pm

She is the one who fight for the respect of truth and genuine true people. God give her a long life, Pakistani society badly need her.

®pot_belly dancer ω Mar 18, 2017 12:35pm

Support you always

aslam shaikh Mar 18, 2017 01:48pm

True face of Self-proclaimed leader of human right

Saeeds Mar 18, 2017 03:15pm

You spend whole your life for justice , common sense , democracy and for Pakistan . Don't worry these useless propaganda not change our mind

SRehman Mar 18, 2017 03:34pm

Disgusting..!,the ill informed ,illetrate public of Pakistan follows like sheep ,what a shame !

bashir Mar 18, 2017 03:58pm

@Ghaznavi AGREE SIR,

maverik Mar 18, 2017 04:33pm

She doesn't like the taste of her own medicine.

baakhlaq Mar 18, 2017 04:38pm

@Ghaznavi Please correct the record,she didn't ever say anything against the armed forces but she speaks against the army interference in civil rule.

Charles Mar 18, 2017 05:01pm

A brace warrior lady fighting for the rights of conman man in Pakistan Hats off to you

Masood Hussain Mar 18, 2017 05:47pm

Hats off to this brave lady.

Alba Mar 18, 2017 08:10pm

@Raza Farooqui-NY .... Is that why you are living in New York?

Alba Mar 18, 2017 08:06pm

@Fareed Hussain .... Well put.