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Honor and respect

December 20, 2010 Leave a comment

All praises for the Almighty God who guided Saif, his family and friends in dealing with the immense crisis. Saif is now free to leave Chile as all baseless charges against him were dropped thus proving his innocence. The perseverance, patience and prayers of all those who stood by Saif is highly appreciated.

The immediate family of Saif Khan thank the entire team of the coalition for the support of Saif, his well wishers, friends, people who believed in humanity and justice, and the brave people of Chile. The Chilean media also deserves the highest praise for its positive role in bringing out the truth about Saif’s innocence.

The case proves the fact that no power on earth can stand its ground if it is wrong and unjust. Truth ultimately prevails, as it did for Saif Khan. This entire case also signifies that no compromise on honour, justice and respect will ever be acceptable. For many these word may be meaningless, but it must be remembered that when one is right, truthful and law-abiding, there is no need to fear those who commit injustice. Surely lies never stand a chance and the unjust get exposed sooner or later. Alhamdulilah!

The prevalence of truth is a victory for justice everywhere. It shows that there still is hope and a free media, democracy and a living nation can help achieve the seemingly impossible. Lastly, we reiterate the immense support and hospitality of the Chilean people. The family of Saif now anxiously await his arrival in Pakistan.

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Truth finally wins!

December 6, 2010 1 comment

Today came to a close the seven month long case and wait for justice. The clouds of uncertainty, anguish, anxiety and tension finally faded and truth of Saif’s innocence prevailed. The accusers had alleged the most despicable and ludicrous claims against the Pakistani student Saif Khan who was studying in Chile. The prosecutors having found nothing against Saif and wasting seven months of his life, dropped the charges against Saif. At the conslusion of this debacle, Saif Khan asked the authorities who engaged in this grave injustice to have a “strong heart to admit they were wrong”.

Today is indeed a day of victory of justice and truth not only for Saif but also for the people of Chile who expressed their complete faith and trust in Saif from the very first day. Today is a day of thanks to the Almighty God and all those who supported Saif during this time. Saif (and his family and supporters) would also like to thank his former public defender Mr. Gabriel Carrión. Saif reiterated the fact that Mr. Gabriel Carrion “worked very hard for me and I’m really grateful for that”.

Fourth Court Judge of Santiago, Jorge Norambuena, granted the request of not persevere by the prosecution and ordered the cancellation of registration of charges and injunctions against the Pakistani national Mohammed Saif Ur Rehman, who was held on Monday 10 May, based on false accusations at the U.S. embassy in Chile. Earlier on 15 May, the Attorney formalized investigation against Mohammed Saif Ur Rehman on charges of violation of the law of arms control. “As power of Attorney General and having heard the complainant and the defense, it is remembered and communicated the decision not to persevere in the proceedings, as provided in Article 248 C of the Code of Criminal Procedure, consistent with this, it supersedes the execution (…), as well as precautionary measures were imposed on the accused, “Judge Jorge Norambuena established.

It was the end of seven months of uncertainty for foreign students, arrested on 10 May after being accused of carrying traces of explosives on their belongings while inside the U.S. embassy. Saif further said, “I want my honor back. They ruined my life,” and he questioned why the authorities accused him of being a “terrorist”, thus lying and playing “a political game”? Saif also added that, “please do not to link terrorism with Islam. No religion teaches bad things. Please do not use religion for political gains”.

Saif also reiterated his desire to be able to live with a peace of mind and “have a family here and live like a normal person in Chile”. The case is closed, but the accusers have not apologized for their blunders. Saif’s wife Lorena Cotroneo said that “At the moment Saif needs a verdict of complete innocence”. She added that although the charges against Saif have been dropped, by not declaring his complete innocence they (accusers) “ultimately leave Saif in a position of being an eternal suspect, which is totally against human and moral codes”.

After coming out of the court, Saif said, “I am very happy. I’d like to celebrate. They made a mistake and I was investigated for seven months for nothing. What was my crime in Chile?… Nothing. I did not commit any crime!” That summed up the mood of Saif Khan at the end of the hearing according to which charges against him have been dropped and investigations against him have been halted.

 

 

Utmost ignominy yet no act of contrition

December 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Are they so inhuman that they fail to realize or deliberately not confess the enormity of their wrong doings? Has power corrupted them absolutely? Civilized societies expect honesty and rule of law, and trace their civility to the Magna Carta in which nobody (including the authorities) is above the law. Laws are for the betterment and protection of people, not their exploitation. There is no place for misusing authority which is a sacred trust of the people expressed through their votes. The Chilean nation is indeed in a state of shock at the seven month long drama they witnessed orchestrated by key figures in authority. The perpetrators of injustice against an innocent student are now fully exposed due to their own deeds. On December 1st, 2010, the Chilean prosecutors dropped the charges against innocent Saif. In the information age, nobody is naïve to fall for political statements that do not address the matter. Answering questions by the press, the Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter said that “all citizens, Chileans and foreigners, must be willing to undergo investigations respectfully”. The so called investigations were from the very first day based on hate and suspicions. They were a mockery of justice! No crime was committed, so what investigations are we talking about? By dodging a major issue of injustice by himself, he is only losing more credibility. No doubt, while the Chilean courts acted with great responsibility, the authorities who committed injustice by violating the principle of innocent until proven otherwise, behaved in the most negative way.

An apology is being demanded for the 7 months wait for justice and “investigations” based on baseless charges. The anxiety and mental torture given to Saif and his family; the vile propaganda, invasion of privacy, peace of mind, and strong and false ludicrous allegations do not need further explaining. The world has watched the perpetual injustice that was committed against an innocent student. The alleged presence of alleged chemical residues does not in any way allow anyone to call the innocent student a “terrorist” by the interior minister of Chile. Such behavior all along is condemnable in the highest words. Saif’s respect and dignity is equally important as any other law-abiding citizen.

On December 4th 2010, Mr. Sergio Ojeda, a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Chilean parliament called on the government to publicly express its apologies to the Pakistani national Mohammed Saif Ur Rehman Khan. The legislator said the Pakistani was prosecuted for possession of explosives, subjected to a wrongful arrest and prosecution surrounded by a great spectacle, causing public alarm , thus transforming the image of a simple foreign student to a dangerous “terrorist and extremist”, which obviously turned out to be absolutely false. Mr. Ojeda said that the incident is a huge moral damage and in the spirit of magnanimity and acceptance of their mistake the Chilean government should convey to the Pakistani citizen Saif Khan an apology.

On December 2nd 2010, ‎ Chile’s Socialist parliamentarians argued that Saif Khan’s rights were violated and he was charged without solid evidence. Members of the Human Rights Commission of the Chamber of Deputies Fidel Espinoza, Sergio Aguilo and chief bench of PS, Denise Pascal, requested that it is necessary to clarify what led to such an error in having the investigations against Saif Khan. Mr. Fidel Espionaza stated that, “we only ask that the Government should give a public apology for the humiliating treatment that was subjected to Muhammad Saif Ur Rehman. And on behalf of the Chileans I apologize for the arrogance of the Minister of the Interior; with a hint of arrogance, he was denying an obvious error and  that the person was  arrested without merit”. Earlier, Senator Alajendro navarro also showed complete solidarity with Saif Khan and questioned the entire investigation process. Such calls for apology are in addition to the thousands of comments received on the ReleaseSaif Facebook page supporting Saif and condemning the manifest injustice committed against him.

The fact of the matter is, that the unjust person who talked against innocent Saif, must apologize to the Chilean nation for disgracing and misinforming them. Not only have key personnel in authority have overstepped their boundaries but also wasted and squandered the tax money of the Chilean nation by pursuing baseless “investigations” in this case in many parts of the world. It is because of this reason that a wide section of the Chilean civil society and now the parliamentarians and senators have stepped in demanding an apology from the serving Chilean interior minister. It is often forgotten that an apology would not lower the stature of a person but give the person a chance to set right what he himself set wrong.

Saif interview – Chilevision

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment

205 days of uproar and mental torture

December 2, 2010 Leave a comment

After 205 days of uproar, which included custody, investigations in different parts of the world and inquiries from friends and family, the regional prosecutor of the Southern Zone, Alejandro Peña, along with attorney Paul Sabaj, requested a hearing to not persevere against Muhammad Saif Ur Rehman Khan. Saif, a Pakistani student was summoned to the U.S. Embassy Santiago for a “consular issue” and arrested for having alleged traces of a chemical on 10th May, 2010. One might ask, what was Saif’s crime? The answer: NONE!

To add to the injustice, interior minister of Chile Rodrigo Hinzpeter had said in May: “If this person actually had traces of TNT on his clothes, in this case it means that…..it is a very powerful indication that he was involved or participated in a crime of terrorism”. Such were the irresponsible words from the person at the helm of affairs in Chile. However, the Chilean courts proved their impartiality and Judge Jorge Norambuena, not only declared Saif free but also ruled that by saying that Saif had any ties to terrorist groups because of his nationality could mean an act of religious discrimination.

Speaking to media on 2nd December, 2010, Saif reiterated that, “I just want to be declared innocent, I do not just want the charges to be removed. I’m innocent and want to continue my life”. Saif also reminded what he had been through happened: “Every day was very difficult for me and every second was like mental torture. I was related to certain people  in the media whom I don’t know. Life was difficult for me, sometimes I could not eat, sometimes I could not sleep. Me and my family have suffered greatly”.

In the same interview Saif  had words for the actions of the authorities linked him to terrorist acts. “In my opinion everyone is innocent until proven guilty and to declare someone as a terrorist is something serious and authority should be responsible for that”. he said.

Attorney Alejandro Pena, who led the investigation, told El Mercurio newspaper, “This is a closed case until new facts that permit to reopen the investigation.” Saif’s public defender Gabriel Carrion said: “It was time to end this national shame”. Pakistani ambassador Burhan-ul-Islam said he always trusted the Chilean courts.

The coalition for the support of Saif Khan thank the Chilean nation and well wishers and supporters around the world for their trust in the innocence of Saif. We thank all for their continued support to Saif and his family. VIVA PUEBLO CHILE!

“I have suffered a lot!”

December 2, 2010 Leave a comment

“I have suffered a lot! My family has suffered a lot”. These were the words of Saif Khan as he spoke exclusively to TVN on December 01, 2010.  Saif lamented the fact that the case was dragged for 7 months. Enough injustice has been done! In his interview to media, Saif also said that, “yes I am happy that it is going in the right direction..” However, justice still remains to be done. He added that,  “what has happened against me cannot be undone. I want to be declared innocent; I do not want just the charges to be dropped, I want them (the prosecutors) to say I’m innocent so I can continue my life peacefully”.

Saif Khan also said that no innocent person should ever go through what he and his family have experienced. What did the accusers achieve by not only stigmatizing and defaming an innocent person but an entire community? There are many questions that remain unanswered! The coalition for the support of Saif stands strong with Saif Khan and demand a formal apology from the accusers who have caused immense damage to him emotionally and physically. When he was detained by the Chilean authorities in May, he was mistreated as a criminal, not given food or water and held in solitary confinement. Laws of countries cannot be allowed to be misused against law abiding innocent individuals.

Canons of fair play

November 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Blessed are those that have defined themselves through the qualities of justice, righteousness and fair-play. Since the unfortunate day of May 10th, 2010 “investigations” regarding false accusations on innocent Saif remain inconclusive. Saif is indeed innocent! Surely justice has not been delayed but denied due to unbalanced and unjust ways of the accusers. The onus is entirely on the accusers in Chile to make up for their injustice. It is also time for life to move. Those watching the case already know and believe the absolute and manifest innocence of Saif.

No crime committed yet injustice against Saif continues

What is amazing is that fact that the entire drama was enacted by the accusers based on presumption and without any proof, as no crime was ever committed on the part of the accused. Building an entire false story simply on some traces of chemical residue is what demands the attention of human rights organizations. If a crime has been committed, it is from the side of accusers who tried their best to defame an innocent young student who was in Chile to study, encouraged by a Chilean representative (Catalina Alliende) to proceed to Chile. Nothing can bring back the lost time and the happiness forgone in the life of innocent Saif who simply wants to live in peace and lead a normal life.

Abuse of Power

It is the abuse of power, and a compromise on the canons of fair play by the accusers that becomes an issue to reckon with. For much too long, restraint has been shown, giving benefit of doubt and a chance of face-saving to the perpetrators of this grave injustice against Saif and his family. Instead of salvaging their lost credibility, the accuser’s vile propaganda based on silly things continues. So much is the absurdity of the claims that one wonders, have the accusers lost all sanity? Mistaken are those who spend millions in tax-payers money of citizens of Chile, touring other countries to prove their “efficiency” and “diligence” through “investigations” that are nothing short of a joke. They fail to realize that citizens and masses are not easily fooled by their futile efforts to malign innocents.

It is a tragedy that the accusers in Saif’s case have not only made a mockery of justice but also made fun of the intellect of the Chilean nation. Images of Saif that were earlier circulated in the media, taken out of context to launch a vile propaganda campaign, have not dented Saif’s credibility even a bit. Neither it is a crime to have good time with friends nor holding something that has legal authorization. Besides, that has no relation with the incident that happened in Chile for which Saif was falsely accused. Such tactics do not worry those who stand on the basis of truth. They only prove the intellectual level of those who continue and press on with their inhumane and indecent ways.

Injsutice must stop

No one should underestimate the resolve, strength and perseverance of Saif, his family and millions of admirers, and supporters. Members of the coalition of the support of Saif have repeatedly expressed their desire to be non-confrontational in terms of legal response. Six months have already passed and there is no room left to further test the patience of a peace loving and law-abiding person who continues to stand for justice. There are limits to everything and legal restraint must not be mistaken for anything else. This injustice must stop as options remain open to fully expose the unjust in the court of law.