Letter: A citizen is shocked
UNDER the National Action Plan, the Gilgit-Baltistan government has recently placed 140 people in the schedule IV of Anti-terrorism Act 1997. The Act bars individuals from visiting public places like airports, hotels, educational institutions, etc.
Moreover, such individuals are required to keep updating the police about their whereabouts on a regular basis.
While reading the newspaper, I was shocked to find my name in that list because I have neither been associated with any banned outfit nor have I ever been involved in any terror or anti-state activity.
Moreover, there is not even a single case registered against me anywhere. In fact, I have always been an active and productive member of society. I have been a brilliant student throughout my educational career, which is evident from my academic record.
Through my own sources, I came to know that I have been linked to a local organisation that was banned in 2012, whereas I went to Karachi way back in 2009 and remained there until 2014, when I completed my graduation in electronic engineering from Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology.
Later, I moved to Lahore and since then I have been living in that city and preparing for the CSS examinations.
I have a dream of serving my nation by becoming a civil servant, but the recent injustice by the local authorities has shattered all my dreams.
I recently appealed to the home department against the decision with all the documentary evidence. But instead of getting any response, I have been served notices to appear in person at the police station with two guarantees for legal formalities. This has left me devastated.
I have all the documentary evidence to prove that the charges against me are wrong, I request the authorities concerned to look into the matter seriously.
S. Tasadduq Kazmi
Published in Dawn, June 19th, 2016