This article is a tribute to Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Information Sharmila Farooqi on the occasion of getting prestigious Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Human Rights Award by President Asif Ali Zardari.
Ms Sharmila Farooqi is one of the most outspoken, firebrand and well liked persons in Pakistani politics. She has been strongly defending the Pakistan Peoples Party’s agenda and stance on various issue. She has also become the voice of the rights of women, minorities and her record as an activist and advisor is quite impressive. Most recently she has taken notice of the kidnapping of girls.
While expressing gratitude on receiving the prestigious Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Human Rights Award from President Asif Ali Zardari, Ms Sharmila said that the PPP government is committed to protect human rights at all costs because of the fact that durable peace and strong democracy could be ensured in the country by serving only humanity, particularly vulnerable women and children.
Upholding human rights is mandatory for the success of democratic government, that is why President Zardari is striving to serve people belonging to all faiths and segments of society without any discrimination of caste, creed and color. The President himself underwent 11 years imprisonment in his struggle for restoration of democracy, said Sharmila Farooqi while talking to media at her office in Karachi. The adviser said President Zardari is the first president of Pakistan who curtailed his powers and transferred them to the prime minister in larger interest of human rights and the country. The president has recently also approved the Sacked Employees Reinstatement Bill 2010 for ensuring job security to workers who are the backbone of national economy and supporters of their families and children, she further said. We are making chaotic efforts to save women and children from domestic violence and other criminal atrocities including sex abuse and discrimination, Sharmila said. The present government is determined to safeguarding human rights by making various legislative and political stability measures.
Ms Sharmila has emerged stronger from her time in jail when she and her mother were detained for nine months in 1998 and 2000 after her family was accused of corruption by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Her family was extensively investigated by officers of the NAB and the FIA; they were also harassed by officials of the KESC (who would issue electricity bills worth Rs1 million) and other government departments during Nawaz Sharif’s tenure in 1996-97.
According to Zalaan, a valued member of the LUBP team:
Sharmila Farooqi is giving hard time to Jamaatis in the media. These Jamaatias (activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami) have no seat in the parliament and have no votes; still they are found in every talkshow, criticizing the government. The JI is the real source of terrorism but only very few politicians and anchors criticize and expose them in the media. Sharmila Farooqi is doing a great job in exposing the JI terrorists and apologists. She can further improve her performance by being well prepared against these culprits; she can take help from the LUBP archives on the JI, Taliban and their apologists.
Other members of the LUBP team thus commented in an internal thread:
I applaud her courage in standing up to these extremists and calling them I applaud her courage in standing up to these extremists and calling them out for the bigots that they are, especially when the host allegedly writes for a Jihadi rag under a pseudonym and is a known terrorist sympathizer. This youtube clip should be on the LUBP page.
Yeah, I watched the repeat telecast after someone told me. She really set the Jamati straaight, but its time that all PPP persons should start doing it.
There was thus a consensus in the LUBP team that a brief post in appreciation of Sharmila Farooqi would be timely.
Related Video clips:
In the following video, Sharmila Farooqi describes party policies and manifesto in a magnificent manner.
Sharmila Farooqi on the 44th Foundation Day of PPP
Sharmila Farooqi in good morning pakistan with dr shaista wahidi