Jehangir Claims Top State Agencies Plotting to Kill Her

M Zulqernain/Lahore
Jehangir Claims Top State Agencies Plotting to Kill Her
Leading rights activist Asma Jahangir today alleged that Pakistan’s military establishment had made plans to assassinate her, prompting civil society groups to condemn the threat to her life.

"Top security agencies have made plans to my assassinate me. But I want to tell them that I am not afraid of them. I will not leave Pakistan," Jahangir told a news conference here.

"The mindset of killing progressive and intellectual people in Pakistan should be stopped now. I am not going to accept this mindset," she said.

Asking the media not to confuse people in case she was assassinated, Jahangir said: "I have no personal enmity with anyone."

Jahangir said the information about the plot to assassinate her is genuine and that she had received it from a highly reliable source.

"If someone knows to fight with guns, then I know how to fight without guns," she said.

She said she did not want any probe or setting up of a commission to investigate the threat to her life as she had lost trust in such practices after the so-called probe into the abduction and murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad last year.

"The army and the 17 judges of Supreme Court have no right to take any decision about the future of Pakistan. Only the people of Pakistan have the right to decide their future themselves," she said.

The federal government has deployed paramilitary Pakistan Rangers personnel at Jahangir's house in Lahore to protect her, officials said.
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