KARACHI: With the
political scenario in Pakistan being tense as it is, more disturbing news made headlines last night. Late at night on the 1st of June, lawyer and activist Jibran Nasir was reported to have been abducted. His wife,
Mansha Pasha, took to social media to share the news and recalled the traumatic events that took place.
Distraught and visibly shaken, she recalled how the two were on their way back home when their car had been intercepted by a white Vigo that, in an attempt to stop them, almost crashed into their car. She then revealed that around fifteen armed men abducted Jibran Nasir. She urged everyone to just pray for the safe return of her husband but to also raise a voice in an effort to get her husband released.
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Since then, the news that Jibran Nasir was abducted made rounds on social media and a hashtag #releaseJibranNasir began. Many expressed shock that someone who fought for
human rights was being treated in such a manner.
My heart breaks for the abduction of M. Jibran Nasir, a champion of human rights.
@MJibranNasir is the voice of the voiceless.
Let us join our voices together with @manshapasha and unite to advocate for the release of Jibran Nasir.#ReleaseJibranNasir pic.twitter.com/lrXzqUBhkV
— Ziauddin Yousafzai (@ZiauddinY) June 1, 2023
— beena sarwar (@beenasarwar) June 1, 2023
Anyone raising voice against the violation of human rights is getting abducted. Hoping the rule of law returns in Pakistan soon and @MJibranNasir along with 10,000+ other Pakistanis return home soon! #ReleaseJibranNasir pic.twitter.com/LlMyLuLYRt
— Jibran Ilyas (@agentjay2009) June 2, 2023
Others called out the bitter political scenario that they believed was behind the abduction:
So was Jibran a ‘rioter’ or ‘terrorist’ or ‘cult member’ as well? Or can we now dispense with these weak excuses for outright fascist thuggery that has dispensed with all pretense of democracy? You all know who you are. #ReleaseJibranNasir
— Ammar Rashid (@AmmarRashidT) June 1, 2023
— Imaan Zainab Mazari-Hazir (@ImaanZHazir) June 1, 2023
Jibran bhai, fearless & courageous, one man army!
The man who taught me the true meaning of activism and human rights!
— khadija siddiqi (@khadijasid751) June 2, 2023
No excuse, no justification for picking up Jibran Nasir. This is extremely disturbing, unconditionally condemnable. #ReleaseJibranNasir
— Zebunnisa Burki (@zburki) June 1, 2023
Here’s to praying for the safe return of Jibran Nasir!