Target: Pakistani government
Goal: Demand the Pakistani government immediately release an unlawfully detained Pakistani citizen
An outspoken Pakistani activist was kidnapped on February 5th, 2014, just days before he was scheduled to testify to lawmakers in Europe against U.S. killer drones, or unmanned aircraft armed with missiles and bombs. The activist, Kareem Khan, is a journalist who lost his 35-year-old brother and 18-year-old son after a U.S. drone attacked their house in a village in North Waziristan in 2009. His brother, Asif Iqbal, was a teacher, and his son, Zaneullah Khan, had just graduated high school and was a construction worker. A third man also died in the attack; he was a stonemason who arrived in the town to work on the village mosque. The Pakistani government claimed that the target of the drone was a militant that Khan was hiding in his house. Khan denied there was a militant in his house at the time of the strike.
Khan was taken from his home early in the morning by about a dozen men without any explanation. His family was there when he was abducted, and they have not seen or heard from him since. They still do not know why he was kidnapped despite persistently asking the Pakistani police.
Khan sued the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency for the deaths of his brother and son. He sent a legal notice to the Pakistani government for not investigating the deaths of his family members. He had been scheduled for a hearing before Pakistan’s Islamabad High Court.
Drones have killed many innocent civilians, including children, in Pakistan and other countries. Khan is advocating against drones because he has had first-hand experience with the devastating impact and wrongful deaths they cause. The silencing of his efforts is awful. Please sign the petition below to demand the Pakistani government immediately free Kareem Khan.
Dear Pakistani Government and Pakistan Ambassador to the U.S., Jalil Abbas Jilani,
I implore you to release Kareem Khan immediately. He was kidnapped and detained without any explanation. He deserves due process, and his family deserves to know his whereabouts. His brother and son were unjustly killed by a U.S. drone strike. The Pakistani government lied to justify the drone strike by claiming that Khan was hiding a a Taliban commander in his house. He seeks justice for his deceased family members by planning to take legal action against the Pakistani government for failing to investigate this crime.
Now, Kareem has disappeared just days before he was planning to testify in front of parliaments in Europe against U.S. drones. Drones have killed many innocent civilians, including children. Kareem is advocating for the immediate ban on all drone strikes because he has had first-hand experience with the devastating impact and wrongful deaths they cause. He has taken only peaceful and legal actions to protest drones.
Kareem Khan is being detained illegally. I demand you release him now.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Unknown via Wikimedia Commons