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Protest Rally, Islamabad, July 29, 2012

July 24, 2012

Today, after much discussion and deliberation, taking into account the rapidly evolving situation in Gilgit-Baltistan, the following decisions were made by the Labour Party:

  • postponement of the multi-party conference on the Anti-Terrorism Act, initially scheduled for July 29, 2012.
  • holding a rally instead in Islamabad on July 29, 2012, to demand that all baseless charges against the Hunza Five be dropped unconditionally and that Iftikhar Hussain, Ameer Khan and Baba Jan be released from detention. Participants from progressive groups and parties from Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Mardan are expected to join comrades in Pindi and Islamabad. Further, posters will be printed and put up all over the capital in an effort to notify the public of the upcoming event.

The protest on July 29 will express our solidarity with the oppressed people of Gilgit-Baltistan, for whose rights and for whose dignity Baba Jan and his comrades have struggled so long – and who have now resolved to wrest back the initiative from the oppressive colonial apparatus that seeks to control their existence.

We invite all the supporters of the Hunza Five to join us in Islamabad on Sunday, July 29, at 4:30 PM at the National Press Club.

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