Posts Tagged ‘ Gulalai Ismail ’

We hear her voice again

Sep 20th, 2019 12:20 pm | By

Gulalai Ismail has escaped Pakistan and is free in New York.

A Pakistani human rights activist who spoke out against the army has fled the country after months in hiding.

Gulalai Ismail is now in the US, having eluded a country-wide hunt and a travel ban imposed by Pakistan’s authorities.

They accuse Ms Ismail of “anti-state activities” and “inciting violence”.

The activist said she was forced to run as she feared for her life, telling AFP news agency: “If I had ended up in prison and tortured for many years, my voice would have been silenced.”

Her father, Muhammad Ismail, told BBC Urdu that Ms Ismail had six cases filed against her in the Pakistani courts. And that she had

Read the rest


The cost for resisting terrorism

Oct 24th, 2018 12:42 pm | By

Speaking of real telling truth to power…Gulalai Ismail an hour ago:

3 years ago when I received Common Wealth Youth Award for Democracy, Dr. Arif Alvi now the president of Pakistan was proud of my work. I was appreciated by many in the power corridors. Today, I’ve been framed as anti-state for the very same work and very same narrative and been put on ECL; this is the cost one has to pay for showing solidarity to local Pashtun’s Resistance movements against terrorism.

Read the rest


The space is shrinking for civic voices

Oct 19th, 2018 10:56 am | By

The Independent has a profile of Gulalai and Saba Ismail.

Saba Ismail woke up in her Brooklyn home to a voicemail from her sister, Gulalai. She was calling to say she had been apprehended by Pakistan officials upon landing in Islamabad after a flight from London. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told Gulalai she had been put on an exit control list (ECL) and was going to be immediately detained. “The space is shrinking and closing out spaces for civic voices, voices who are raising for peace,” Gulalai says in the message recorded as she was being detained.

Speaking to The Independent later Gulalai says: “I am a well known human rights activist and I have always worked for

Read the rest


Binalakshmi Nepram on the persecution of Gulalai Ismail

Oct 13th, 2018 10:34 am | By

More from RAW in WAR:

Binalakshmi Nepram, a threatened Indian human rights activist from the state of Manipur, and the 2018 #AnnaPolitkovskayaAward winner expressed her outrage at the arrest and persecution of Gulalai Ismail by the Pakistani authorities. She said:

“South Asia Under Siege ~ After crackdown on NGOs, journalists, activists, intellectuals, universities in India, neighbouring Pakistan follows suit with the arrest today of a brave woman activist Gulalai Ismail ~ The work of many like hers is to deepen democracy, for peace & justice, yet the AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES fear their work. Gulalai is just out on bail but may be detained again and her passport has been taken by the authorities. Gulalai is the recipient

Read the rest


Justice for Gulalai

Oct 13th, 2018 10:29 am | By

Reach All Women in WAR on Facebook:

Brave Pashtun activist & 2017 #AnnaPolitkovskayaAward winner Gulalai Ismailwas arrested yesterday at Islamabad airport on charges of participating in and speaking at a peaceful demonstration in August 2018. She was kept in detention all day long and released on pre-arrest bail in the evening. Gulalai appeared in court today and the bail was confirmed, amidst fears that she would be re-arrested. Her passport was taken by the Pakistani authorities and was not returned to her and Gulalai’s name continues to be on an Exit Control List, as she is banned from foreign travel. RAW in WAR: Reach All Women in WAR called on Imran Khan (official) and his Government

Read the rest


Not cricket

Oct 12th, 2018 9:58 am | By

Read the rest