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Pakistan solidarity petition

Release Ali Wazir, withdraw false police charges


Friday 31 May 2019

On 26 May 2019 a peaceful procession in the Waziristan region led by Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar, both Members of National Assembly (MNAs), was fired upon by army men, leaving at least 13 dead and over forty injured in Waziristan region.

Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar were elected as Members of the National Assembly (MNA) in the general elections held in 2018. They are also leaders of the Pashtun Defence Movement/Pashtun Tahfuz Movement (PTM), a mass social movement that emerged two years ago.

The PTM demands an end to military operations in the region bordering Afghanistan. This region is inhabited by ethnic Pashtuns. Their demands have brought them in conflict with the country’s powerful military. For the last two months, the military spokesperson has been passing threats to the PTM. Besides, the media were publicly advised by the military not to give any coverage to the PTM.

These threats and media black out translated into a tragic reality on 26 May. On the one hand, the peaceful procession was fired upon. On the other, media unanimously reported that the PTM activists led by Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar attacked a military check post and ensuing violence claimed the lives of three protestors besides injuring three soldiers.

Ironically, video footage – filmed through mobile phones – has emerged. These videos clearly show that Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar were fired upon from behind. While people were falling to bullets, Ali Wazir, instead of running to safety, went back to help an injured comrade. As he approached his comrade, near the checkpost, he was arrested by the military.

The next day, he was produced before the Anti-Terrorism-Court and remanded for eight days. Meantime, the entire opposition in the Parliament has demanded his release. He suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure.

There have been unconfirmed allegations of torture as well. In the event, even if he is released for now, his life remains threatened. Like the rest of the PTM leadership, he has been subjected to a vicious hate propaganda. He is being portrayed by the mainstream media and the military as a foreign agent, a traitor, and a terrorist.

Fact of the matter is, the PTM staunchly believes in non-violence while 16 members of Ali Wazir’s family, including his siblings and father, were assassinated by the Taliban owing to his family’s opposition to the Taliban. He emerged as a symbol of anti-Taliban struggle before the rise of the PTM.

We urge you to sign this petition for these democratic demands:

(1) The urgent release of Ali Wazir and his PTM comrades

(2) An end to vilification campaign against the PTM leadership

(3) Withdrawal of fake police charges under anti terrorist laws against Ali Wazir and the PTM members.

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To sign, use the ESSF "contact" form:

Put your name, "title" (function, organisation) and country, mentioning "solidarity withAli Wazir".


First signatures:

Serge Aberdam, historian, France

Gilbert Achcar, Professor, SOAS University of London, Britain

Ricardo Acuña and Marcela Miño, Board of Directors of the CTA Autónoma of San Migue, Argentina

Rocío Agüero, delegate of the Sports Department of the UNLA, Argentina

Manuel Aguilar Mora, Liga de Unidad Socialista (LUS), Mexico

Umair Ahmad, Youth for Human Rights, Pakistan

Saeed Ahmed, Pakistan Trade Union Defense Campaign, Pakistan

Sofía Ahun, Secretary of the UTS, Argentina

Badrul Alam, Communist Party of Bangladesh-ML(CPBML), Bangladesh

Aabida Ali, Awami Workers Party, Pakistan

Farman Ali, Secretary Information, Awami Workers Party, Pakistan

Karamat Ali, Secretary, National Labour Council, Pakistan

Sohnia Karamat Ali, Montreal, Quebec

Alejandra Almada, Secretary of the Student Center, Mauricio Ruisoto, Sociology Council member, Federico Quintana, Communication Council member, Lorella Morselli, Social Work Counsil member, UJS-PO, Faculty of Social Sciences (UBA), Argentina

Jorge Almagro, activist MOTOARG, Argentina

Yamile Almeida, ATE Ministry of Social Development of the Province of Buenos Aires Local Board, Argentina

Guillermo Almeyra, periodista y ex profesor universitario, Mexico-Agentina

Martín Álvarez, Board of Directors of SUTEP, Union of Workers of Public Spectacles, Córdoba, Argentina

Victor Amarilla, Socialist Convergence (La Verdad), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Alia Amirali, Awami Workers Party, Pakistan

Valerio Arcary, Resistencia/PSOL, Brasil

Shahzad Arshad, Revolutionary Socialist Movement, Pakistan

Saleha Athar, Member federal committee, Awami Workers Party, Pakistan

Lionel Aymard, militant associatif, syndical et politique, France

Abulcair Balindong, Chairperson, MindanaOne Peoples’ Movement (MindanaOne), Peace, Human Rights and National Minority Rights Advocate, Mindanao, Philippines

Paweł Bartolik, journalist, translator, Poland

Christiane Baysse, La Riposte, Quincey, France

Pierre Bellenger, Fonctionnaire retraité de la Ville de Paris et syndicaliste CGT, France

Olmedo Beluche, Polo Ciudadano de Panamá, Panama

Carlos Bernales, periodista, Perspectivas Anticapitalistas, Partido Revolucionario de las y los Trabajadores, Peru

Raúl Benavidez, General Delegate, Maximiliano Bares, Aeronáutico Local Board, Eva Perón, Local Board, Marta García, del Quemado Local Board, ATE Hospital, Argentina

Olivier Besancenot, Spokesperson, NPA, France

Gérard Billy, trade-unionist (retired), France

Sandra Bloodworth, co-editor of Marxist Left Review, journal of Socialist Alternative, Australia

Anthony Bobo, member of the NPA, France

Pascal Boissel, President of the Union syndicale de la psychiatrie, France

Juan Bonatto, Human Rights Secretary of the AJB, Buenos Aires Judicial Association, La Plata Department, Argentina

Peter Boyle, Socialist Alliance, Australia

Tom Bramble, Socialist Alternative, National Tertiary Education Union (Life Member), Australia

Rosa Brodersen, Carlos Sacarelo, María Ramírez and Yamila Yafar, Delegates of ATE Education, Argentina

Diego Bruno, AGD-FILO, university teacher, Argentina

Ricardo Bruno, ATE Delegate of CNEA (National Atomic Energy Commission), Argentina

Marcelo Calviño, ATE Ministry of Infrastructure Buenos Aires Province Local Board, Argentina

Orallo Carlos, Socialist Workers Party, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Marcelo Caro, Andrea Segovia and Martín Leyes, Delegates of SUTEBA La Plata, Claudia Ghergo and Marcela Castro, Delegates of SUTEBA Lomas de Zamora, Germán Gómez, SUTEBA Congress Delegate of San Isidro, Marcelo Iommi, Silvina Carbone and Cristina Santillán, Delegates of SUTEBA Avellaneda, Argentina

Jose Castillo, National Directorate of the Socialist Left, Argentina

Edgardo Castro, General Secretary of the ATE Subsecratariat of Labor CABA Local Board, Argentina

Daniel Ceriotti, nutricionista, Uruguay

Fathi Chamkhi, Popular Front, Member of the Parliament, Tunisia

Gérard Chaouat, Emeritus Research Director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France

Kunal Chattopadhyay, Professor of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, and Radical Socialist, India

Anuradha Chenoy, former dean at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India

Danielle Cheuton, trade-unionist, France

Lucrecia Cocha, Luciana Echevarría, Pablo Londero and Néstor Gea, Departmental Delegates of UEPC, (teachers’ union of Córdoba), Argentina

Laura Colpachi, Researcher, Political Science, Argentina

Terry Conway, Socialist Resistance, Britain

Raymond Coppin, President, Republican Association of Veterans (ARAC, Chenôve 21300) for Friendship, Solidarity, Memory, Antifascism and Peace, France

Philippe Corcuff, universitaire, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon, France

Christian Couverture, teacher trade unionist, France

Randolf S. David, Profesor Emeritus of Sociology, University of the Philippines

Alex De Jong, Co-Director IIRE Amsterdam

Christian Delarue, altermondialiste, responsable associatif, Rennes, France

José Deswarte, retired teacher, NPA, France

Sushovan Dhar, Radical Socialist, India

Fiona Dove, Transnational Institute

Felicity Dowling, National Secretary, Left Unity, Britain

Bernard Dreano, cofounder of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly international network

Jacek Drozda, Independent researcher and labour activist, Poland

Enrique Alfredo Duarte Rodríguez, Partido Revolucionario de las y los Trabajadores, Mexique

Penelope Duggan, Editor International Viewpoint

Patrick Dupin, member of the NPA, France

Lujan Echeverria, Professional Center for Human Rights, Argentina

Akhtar Ehtisham, retired physician, writer, peace and human rights activist, India / Pakistan / Britain / Canada /USA

Jorge Escamilla, investigador social, Mexico

Patrick Farbiaz, Ecologie Sociale, France

FATE Trade Union Alternative (Tire Union - Gray List), Argentina

Dianne Feeley, editor of the magazine Against the Current, USA

Yiannis Felekis, Fourth internationalist, Greece

Tiago Ferreira, sociologist, Spain

Fabiola Ferro, Secretary AGD-Philosophy, university professor, Argentina

Alicia Flores, ATE Delegate of the Milstein Hospital (formerly French Hospital), Argentina

Elea Foster, Fourth Internationalist, Greece

Pascal Franchet, President, CADTM-France

Vanesa Gagliardi, Secretary of Ademys, teachers of CABA, Argentina

María Garbino, Delegate of ATE Anses / Pablo Lopardo, Board of Directors CTA Autónoma of Moreno, Argentina

Sara Carmen Gaspar, Partido Revolucionario de los Trabajadores (PRT), Mexico

Franck Gaudichaud, Lecturer in Grenoble Alpes University, France

Jean-Luc Gautero, Lecturer in Philosophy of Science, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, France

Joel Geier, International Socialists, USA

Véronique Georget, member of the NPA, France

Oxley Greg, Director, magazine La Riposte, member of the PCF, Paris, France

Carlos Guanciarossa, Press Secretary of the Retired Center of ATE Province of Buenos Aires and General Secretary of the Mosconi YPF FETERA Association, Argentina

Sébastien Guex, Professor, Lausanne University, Switzerland

Laurent Gutierrez, professeur, member of the PCF and la Riposte, France

Anne Gutierrez-Vigreux, Conseillère Municipale de Longvic, France

Bouhbib Hamid, University Teacher, Algeria

Health Care Workers Alternative, Argentina

Lucía Helín, Board of Directors of AGD (university teachers) Philosophy and Letters, Argentina

Ernesto Herrera, Correspondencia de Prensa, Uruguay

Alex Hinno, Member of the Comunitat Palestina de Catalunya, Catalonia

Helena Hirata, Emeritus Research Director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

Robert Hirsch, trade-unionist (retired), member of Ensemble !, France

Norbert Holcblat, economist, France

Maryam Hussain, Retired professor at National College of Arts, Climate change activist, Pakistan

Maral Jefroudi, Co-Director IIRE Amsterdam

Daniel Johnson, writer and teacher, Turkey

Michael Joosten, Activist, the Netherlands

Bonn Juego, Academic, Finland/Philippines

Imran Kamyana, Editor of the online Urdu magazine Roznama Jeddojehad

Harsh Kapoor, founder and editor South Asia Citizens Web (SACW), India

Sheema Kermani, Artist, Pakistan

Pierre Khalfa, Member of the Copernic Fondation and of the Scientic Council of Attac, France

Dr Lal Khan, editor Asian Marxist Review, Pakistan

Nighat Said Khan, Women Action Forum, Pakistan

John Kirkland, Carpenters Local Union 167, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Isabel Koifmann, sindicato Ecos, Uruguay

Stathis Kouvélakis, Reader in Political Theory, King’s College, Britain

Zbigniew Marcin Kowalewski, researcher and editor, Warsaw, Poland

Federico Lafaire, SAP-Grenzeloos, The Netherlands

Andrea Lanzette, Community Board of Director of CTA Autónoma and Congress Delegate of SUTEBA Lanús, Argentina

Agustina Larsen, President CECIM-UBA, Partido Obrero, Argentina

César Latorre, General Delegate of the Italian Hospital-ATSA, Argentina

Sosa Laura, Delegate of Amsafe Santa Fe, Montenegro Claudia, Gaitán Maricel and Fernández Facundo, Delegates of Amsafe Rosario, Argentina

Fred Leplat, Socialist Resistance, Britain

Norma Lezana, General Secretary of the Association of Professionals and Technicians of the Garrahan Hospital, Argentina

Daniel Libreros, Movimiento Ecosocialista, Colombia

Marianne Ligou, Academe, member of Attac, France

Anne-Marie Loop, actor, France

Ana Mainer Martín, artist-musician, France and Spain

María Marta Lopes, Teaching Assistant of UTE, Argentina

Salvador López Arnal, colaborador de El Viejo Topo y de rebelión, Spain

Samuel López, Student Council member FMED-UBA, Partido Obrero, Argentina

Carlos Lordkioanidse, Former detainee disappeared, Argentina

Michael Löwy, Emeritus Research Director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France

Carlos Loza, Survivor of the clandestine detention center ESMA (School of Mechanics of the Navy), Argentina

Łukasz Ługowski, journalist, Poland

Bartosz Łukaszewski, sociologist, PhD, WULS, UKSW, Poland

Rob Lyons, International Solidarity Coordinator, Socialist Action/Ligue pour l’Action Socialiste, Canada

Jeff Mackler, Socialist Action, USA

Rene Magtubo, chairperson, Partido Manggagawa, Philippines

Nicolás McNamara, Secretary of Youth of the CTA Autónoma of Santa Cruz and President of the Student Center of UNPA, Argentina

Christian Mahieux, International Labour Network of Solidarity and Struggles

Khalid Mahmood, Executive director, Labour Education Foundation, Pakistan

Rechidi Mahmoud, General Secretary, PST, Algeria

Jan Malewski, editor Inprecor

Nasir Mansoor, Deputy secretary general, National Trade Union Federation (NTUF), Pakistan

Artur Maroń, Cultural Studies, University of Wrocław, Poland.

Maroon List - Private Health Care Workers Association (FATSA), Argentina

Marcelo Martínez, Delegate ATE SRT, Argentina

Szymon Martys, journalist, Poland

Gustave Massiah, Cedetim, France

Yousaf Masti Khan, President, Awami Workers Party, Pakistan

Jany Maufrais, militante associative et syndicale, Orléans, France

Amna Mawaz Khan, Awami Workers Party, Pakistan

Nenad Mecava, fine artist, Amsterdam, Nederlands

Richard Mellor, U.S. blog Facts For Working People, USA

Omar Menoni, obrero jubilado, Uruguay

Liliana Mischoff, Silvia Puca and Gabriela Golletti, Delegates of SUTEBA Lanús, Argentina

Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India

Yorgos Mitralias, journaliste, Greece

Claudio Mora, General Secretary of the CTA San Fernando and Delegate of FATE, SUTNA (tire workers union), Argentina

Marie-Thérèse Moreno, Jobseeker, France

Gippò Mukendi Ngandu, Sinistra Anticapitalista, Italia

Djermoune Nadir, Architecte/urbaniste, enseignant/Institut d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme Blida, Algeria

Pratip Nag, Radical Socialist, India

Ruben Navarro, Correspondencia de Prensa, Lyon, France

A. H. Nayyar, academic and peace activist, Pakistan

Diego Z. Neri, editor, Bandiera Rossa website, Italy

Olivier Neveux, University Professor, ENS de Lyon, France

Colette Noë, activist for social and environmental rights, Louviers, France

Pablo Odriozola, Survivor of the clandestine detention center "Azopardo", Argentina

Nahuel Orellana, Board of Directors of CTA Autónoma of Lomas de Zamora, Argentina

Victor Ottoboni, Secretary of minutes and press of the Union of Tire Workers of Argentina

Priscila Ottón and Pablo Ottón, Subdelegates of ATEN (teachers union of Neuquén), Argentina

Sophie Ozanne, member of the NPA, France

Guillermo Pacagnini, General Secretary of CICOP, Trade Union Association of Health Professionals of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ugo Palheta, Sociologist, Assistant professor, Lille University, and director of the online magazine Contretemps, France

Jaime Pastor, Professor, Political Sciences (Spanish State) and editor of the magazine Viento Sur

Laila Pecheny, Social Communication Council member UBA, Socialist Left, Argentina

Patrice Perret, responsable syndical retraité, France

Gastòn Pinchetti, La Virginia Local Board (Rosario Food Union), Argentina

Emilio Poliak, Secretary of Organization of the CTA Autónoma of Santa Cruz, Argentina

Christine Poupin, Spokesperson, NPA, France

Chantal Pottier, member of the NPA, France

Joël Pottier, member of the NPA, France

Chiara Puppo, Secretary of Women and Dissidences CECSO, Socialist Left, Argentina

François Preneau, trade-unionist, member of Ensemble !, France

Awais Qarni, Central Organizer Revolutionary Students Front(RSF), Pakistan

Asia Rahman, Politician for Vänsterpartiet (Left Party), Sweden

Leonardo Nicolás Rando, ATE Delegate of the Ministry of Culture, Argentina

Dr Taimur Rehman, General Secretary, Pakistan Mazdoor Kissan Party, Pakistan

Hans-Peter Renk (solidaritéS), conseiller général (Le Locle), Switzerland

Rebeca Riela, economist, Uruguay

Patricia Ríos, SUTEBA Congress Delegate of La Plata, Argentina

Betina Rivero (Palpalá), Leonardo Rivero (Jujuy), Delegates CTA Autónoma and Congress Delegate of ATE, Argentina

Rolando Rivero and Alejandro Omarle, APUBA Delegates, Argentina

Sylvain Roch, member of the CGT Union, Corèze, France

Victor Rodrigues, member of the PCF, France

Xavier Rousselin, Divisional Engineer of Agriculture and Environment, France

Pierre Rousset, ESSF, France

Daniela Saavedra, delegate of ATE Health Care, Argentina

Julia Saavedra, Board of Directors of AEJBA (Judicial CABA, Argentina

Yohichi Sakai, Japan Revolutionary Communist League, Japan

Akrour Mohad Saddek, President of the Municipal People’s Assembly (Townhall) of Barbacha-Béjaia, Algeria

Marcela Salas, secretary of tourism of ATE Lanus, candidate to sec for the Multicolor list of ATE, Argentina

Olivier Salles, member of Ensemble !, France

Catherine Samary, Economist, France

Edgard Sánchez, PRT (Partido Revolucionario de los Trabajadores), México

Patrick Saurin, member CADTM-France

Sukla Sen, Peace Activist, India

Nisar Shah, Jammu Kashmir Awami Workers Party, Kashmir (Pakistan side)

Umar Shahid, Information Secretary, PTUDC, Pakistan

Ferida Sher, Activist (retired from Development activism), Lahore, Pakistan

Michał Siermiński, doctorant en philosophie, Pologne

Soren Sondergaard, Member of the Parliament, Denmark

Bambi Soumar, member of the CADTM/Senegal

Adama Soumaré, Alternatives, Senegal

Laura Spinelli, Associate Secretary, Maximiliano Lalli, Secretary of records, Valentina Viglieca, Secretary of Training, Agustina Grinberg, Local Board delegate, Paola Molina, Local Board delegate, Lucía Giménez, Delegate, Moroz, Nahuel, Delegate, Javier Rodríguez, Delegate Museum of Engraving, Fernando Franco, Delegate MNBA, ATE Culture, Argentina

State Workers Alternative - Lilac Orange List ATE, Argentina

Juan Staiano, President CEFyL-UBA, Partido Obrero, Argenina

Marcin Starnawski, academic teacher and translator, Poland

Dr. Farooq Sulehria, Assistant Professor, Beaconhouse National University Lahore, Pakistan

Abbas Syed, Academic, Pakistan

Paweł Szelegieniec, Political Scientist, Poland

Roxana Szyszko, Executive Committee of the CTA Autónoma of Lanús, Argentina

Arlette Tardy, member of the NPA, France

Mansoor Tareen, organizer of PTM-Sweden

Farooq Tariq, Spokesperson, Awami Workers Party, Pakistan

Teachers Alternative, Argentina

Mohammed Tehseen, Executive director, South Asia Partnership

Bernhard Thiesing, Member Public Service Union Ver.di, Germany

Francisco Torres, Secretary of the National Federation of Teachers, FND-CTA Autónoma, Argentina

Juan Tortosa, solidaritéS, Switzerland

Eric Toussaint, CADTM International Spokesperson

Josette Trat, Sociologist, France

Rafael Trujano Fermoso, Jubilado, Sindicato de Telefonistas de la República Mexicana, Mexico

Anwar Ul Haq, Economist, Pakistan

Zafar Ullah, Member of Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign, Islambad, Pakistan

University Teachers Alternative, Argentina

Miguel Urbán Crespo, Member of the European Parliament, Spanish State

Ingrid Urrutia, General Secretary of ATE INCAA Local Board, Argentina

Jesus Uzkudun Illarramendi Activista social por la Salud Laboral Euskal Herria, Euskadi

Alejandra Vaca, Secretary of Gender of UTS, Argentina

Gastón Vacchiani, Secretary General UTS (Union of Health Workers) Córdoba, Argentina

Roseline Vachetta, former Member of the European Parliament, France

Achin Vanaik, Retired Professor of International Relations and Global Politics, former Head of the Department of Political Science and former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi, India

Julien Vanhove, CADTM Belgium

Christian Varin, Fourth International

Paulo Vasallo and Alejandro Parlante, Municipal Delegates of Rosario, Argentina

Mariano Veiga, Union Secretary, Interdiciplinary Union Association of the Moyano Hospital (AGIHM), Argentina

Marie-Christine Vergiat, Member of the European Parliament, European Left, France

Pietje Vervest, Transnational Institute, The Netherlands

Pedro Vianna, poet, teacher in the Master’s degree Human Mobility Universitat de Valencia (Espagne), former judge assessor at the National Court of Asylum, France

Gérard Vidal, photographer, director, France

José Villa, local commission SIAT TENARIS, Argentina

Olga Villarreal, Secretary of Political and Trade Union Training of SUTEBA Quilmes and Diana Thom, Secretary of Social Promotion and Tourism of SUTEBA Quilme, Argentina

Violet List Unión Ferroviaria, Argentina

Ahmad Waqas Goraya, Abducted activists living now in exile, Pakistan / The Netherlands

Claudio Wasquin, Deputy Secretary of the CTA Autónoma of Santa Cruz, Argentina

Thomas Weyts, SAP-Gauche anticapitaliste, Solidair Gent, Belgium

Simon Wood, member of "The Australian Greens", Australia

Nora Zaldua, Massacre Commission of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Susana Zaldua, Massacre Commission of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Luis Zamora, Autodeterminación y Libertad, Argentina

José Alejandro Zarauza, Lionel Rubén Del Horno, Mariana Aranda, Evelina Naveira, Mónica Baez, Mónica Morales, Mónica Gil, María Julia Ramírez, Grisela Rubies, Glasses Rubies, Emilce Cean, María Polizzotto, Liliana Mischoff, Silvia Puca, Gabriela Golletti, Samantha Rojas, Emilce Cean and Isabel Miszka, Delegates of SUTEBA Lanús, Argentina

Philipp Zehmisch, Laal Hartal, Lahore, Pakistan

Stefan Zgliczyński, Le Monde diplomatique, Poland

Muhammad Zubair, Member Fairness Committee, Magna international, Toronto, Canada

and hundreds of other signatures...

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