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Accusers continue with their despicable lies

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

While parents of Saif arrive in Islamabad after waiting in Chile for 5 months, a particular section of the Chilean media continues with its despicable propaganda against innocent Saif Khan. This is not only outrageous but below decent journalistic standards. Chilean people and others around the world have had enough and are truly tired of the accusers continued lies. The Chilean visa for Saif’s parents was expiring and after waiting that long, they had no choice but to return to Pakistan to reunite with the rest of the family. They anxiously await an end to this injustice.

The prosecutors are  the only people who are not realizing to this day that they have no credibility and all their media stunts are only exposing their confusions and last-ditched efforts to build a false case. They have miserably failed already. Six months have passed and their ineptness and lies have caused enough damage to the image of an innocent student. They tried their best to engage in character assassination of Saif, but it has had the opposite impact. Wherever Saif goes, common Chilean people say words of support and express their disgust at the injustice by the accusers. Civilized societies cannot tolerate such wicked ways of the accusers against an innocent student. The accusers are fully exposed and the Chilean people have understood the reality of Saif’s innocence. It is about time, the accusers stop wasting the time of Saif and the honorable courts.

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Saif’s parents returning to Pakistan

October 30, 2010 1 comment

On the morning of October 30th, 2010, Saif’s parents leave for Santiago airport to travel back to Pakistan. Even after 6 months, they still await justice for their son who has committed no crime, harmed no one!

After staying in Santiago for 5 months, Saif’s parents leave Chile with the hope that the Chilean courts will deliver justice and exonerate Saif of all the baseless accusations. They had come to Chile to defend their innocent son and nullify the stupid allegation that Saif was not “socially embedded”. They were in Chile to send out a message loud and clear that no one must stay quiet at an injustice committed anywhere. They may have been sad not to be able to return with their son at this time, but they are always confident and hopeful; since those who raise their children with the best of upbringing, moral values and love for humanity have nothing to fear nor worry about.

While there are still no charges, nor any proof against Saif, the campaign to malign an innocent peace loving person continues at the behest of the accusers. Surely the accusers who committed this injustice and are desperate to cook new lies and buy more time will ultimately face humiliation in public and in front of honorable courts. They already have lost all moral ground to be serving in their positions. Not only what the accusers do against Saif is ridiculous but also sad. The circus that has continued in Chile for 6 months simply based on suspicions and lies must now end. There is no justice, no humanity in playing with the lives of innocent, law-abiding people.

It is high time to realize that the paranoia and madness against an entire community must cease. Time never stays the same and greatness of nations is hidden in the golden values of justice and fair-play. The resolve to stand for justice and truth is higher than ever!

President Pinera forgot the 34th human victim – innocent Saif

October 15, 2010 5 comments

The world celebrated as 33 lucky Chilean miners were rescued from the mine. It indeed was a tale of perseverance, patience and hope. Hope in a new life, a new beginning. It is a welcome relief for the families of those miners whose pain, anguish and anxiety can be hard to comprehend. They waited for weeks for their loved one in the hope that one day they will be re-united. There were emotional scenes of jubilation at the mine site. At this point it is pertinent to mention that just as the families of 33 miners experienced immense anxiety, the family of Saif Khan is still passing through a nightmare. As the Chilean president Pinera welcomed all 33 miners himself, he seems to have forgotten about another human victim – innocent Saif Khan who has been waiting for more than 5 months. Saif still awaits his freedom! He is trapped in Chile even longer than the 33 miners.

Saif has not committed any crime, yet he and his family are being punished in Pinera’s Chile! Is the value of life and human dignity not equal? Are Pakistanis less human than Chileans? Who decides which human being is worth more?

While we are happy at the news of the Chilean miners being rescued safely, we anxiously wait, and wait with all the strength and determination for our innocent Saif to be re-united with his family too. If people truly believe in the equality of human beings, than the plight of the innocent young student needs due consideration. Just as families of the miners faced immense anxiety and stress which is now for them over, the family of Saif till this day awaits justice and real freedom of Saif when he can start his normal life, study and work. He also deserves a decent life especially after his marriage.

Chile’s president has said “his country will never be the same again after the extraordinary rescue of the 33 miners” trapped underground for 69 days. Mr. President, we really hope that you put your words into action. We wait and see that no injustice takes place in Chile again. Would Pinera government show  magnanimity and end Saif’s case thus ending injustice against an innocent student? Would it show to the people of Chile and the world that it cares for all human beings, regardless of race, religion and color?

Pakistani prisoners in Santiago

October 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Caring, honest, confident and hard working, these are the words that rightly define the innocent young Pakistani student who has become a prisoner in Santiago. From coming this far in quest of learning, to working hard in tourism and hospitality, Saif has always made his parents and family proud.

During his college years at University College of Islamabad (UCI), he had proven to be successful in creating fascination in the said institution. He was praised by college staff and fellow students in general and by his principal Catalina Alliende who is a Chilean and also happens to be the honorary Chilean visa consular in Islamabad. She motivated and recommended Saif to proceed to Chile as a suitable place to excel in his career. Saif highly respects Miss Catalina for her support and mentoring. Saif arrived in Chile in January 2010 and started his education at a prestigious institute in Santiago. Things were normal, however what followed after May 07th phone call from the US embassy is nothing short of a nightmare!

His caring and friendly attitude was evident from his enthusiasm in helping fellow Chileans in the earth quake relief efforts after the devastation caused by the earthquake earlier this year. Humanity always came first for a person like Saif. He was hardly ever interested in politics and never wants to engage in any. Therefore, it is beyond doubt and remotely understandable why the Chilean authorities continue with their vile accusations against him. This is complicated by the fact that the whole case even after five months is still being “built” without any evidence and proofs. Even 150 days were not enough to “build a case against Saif? This speaks volumes about the flimsiness of the claims against him that they could not stand in the court of law. Simply based on presumptions, new stories are carved and brought in the honorable courts. No doubt, till now the judgments have generally been in favor of Saif. His innocence and the fact that his human rights are being violated is also proven by the fact that Saif was released from high security detention center after five days in May. What is frustrating is the fact that precious time has been taken away from Saif as his educational career is compromised. A student of his age does not deserve such grave injustice especially in a civilized country!

Following the case closely reveals that the accusations become stranger and outrageous by the day. In the initial stages, Saif was accused of having links with illicit groups inside and outside Chile. Later, the mantra changed to new baseless and often laughable accusations about him being involved with some indigenous anti-state elements. The court rightly rejected all claims by the accusers as they were no more than a mockery of justice and a waste of court’s time. The Chilean interior minister tried his best to apply the anti-terrorism act on Saif, which too was rejected by the honorable court. It is amazing that someone would go to that extent against a person who is allegedly found with traces of a chemical substance that could have come from anywhere in the environment especially in a city rebuilding after a devastating earthquake. The defeat and humiliation caused to the Chilean authorities by their own acts of injustice have made them more desperate for a face-saving and somehow crossing the limits of sanity in hatching new accusations.

To aid their innocent son, Saif parents have been in Santiago since four months and in a way are also suffering at the hands of open discrimination and injustice at the hands of Chilean authorities especially the interior minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter. Mr. Hinzpeter seems to be in the grip of anti-Muslim bias and paranoia causing immense inconvenience, slander and a terrorism phobia mainly directed at the peaceful and law-abiding Muslim community in Chile.

There is no intention whatsoever to point fingers at anyone. However, there are so many unanswered questions which make any person question the intention of the authorities.

  1. Why was Saif called to the US embassy in Chile? He already had 5 years US visa, was in the US in January and had no intention of being at the embassy. He was called in an unprofessional way and then the whole issue emerged.
  2. Why was Saif declared by the Chilean authorities as a “terrorist” simply because some accusations were laid by a private security agency that he had TRACES of some explosives on his documents? Let alone an apology, since there was no clarification from the accusers, this can only be understood as a generally prevalent Islamophobia. The very negative label is enough to destroy the image and life of a law-abiding innocent student.
  3. Why did authorities try to accuse Saif of having links with illicit groups, whom neither Saif nor his family has any idea of?
  4. At the end of May, when the prosecutor wanted to drop the charges against Saif, why was he replaced with a new prosecutor? In addition, the replacement of the US ambassador in Chile, the FBI chief in Chile and other officials in positions of authority raises many questions.
  5. The ever-changing accusations and the stance of the accusers is nothing less than a mockery of justice. Would any sincere individuals in positions of authority ever do such acts to tarnish the image of an innocent student belonging to a particular religion and nationality?

We ask the world community and the human rights organizations to take notice of this grave human rights violation.  We are confident that truth will ultimately prevail.

Prosecutors & new lies

October 4, 2010 3 comments

Secrecy and concealment of facts is not acceptable. Such petty behavior does not match the principles of fair-play and justice. After passing of around five months, the prosecutors have come up with new lies and are trying to carve new stories.

A realization and acceptance of faults does not make anyone small. This is exactly what the authorities need to do. We do not have to repeat Saif’s innocence as the whole Chilean nation stands with him. It is simply unacceptable that Saif and his family have to go through this entire trauma. His right to live with dignity has been snatched from him. This indeed is a grave human rights violation. After seeing an innocent person who is helpless, we will advise anyone belonging to our faith or our nationality to avoid coming to Chile, be it for tourism or education. We have no doubt now that the Chilean authorities do not respect the principles of truth, justice and equality.

Photo: Francisco Eagle Emol

Today, the tribunal extended the time for investigations by 60 more days! The prosecutors demanded 90 days extension, but judge Carolina Araya extended the investigation period to 60 days and has allowed Saif to travel freely inside Chile. Earlier Saif was not allowed to leave the Santiago area. Despite these arguments, the public criminal defender Gabriel Carrión opposed the request noting that most of the data submitted by the prosecution were already known and significant time had already been taken to “investigate”. Carrion also added that the measure has already affected freedom of Saif Khan and his parents.

 

After five months investigating the allegations by the US Embassy in Chile that Muhamed Saif ur Rehman Khan had alleged traces of tetryl on him when he went to the US Embassy on May 10, the prosecutor has not been able to produce one shred of evidence that Saif violated any law.  To appeal in the court against him by the prosecutors is a travesty of justice.

In fact, even the charges themselves have no substance.  Saif, a Pakistani citizen in Chile with a student visa, was summoned to the U.S. Embassy on May 07th by an embassy employee.  When Saif entered the embassy, his papers and cell phone were taken from his possession.  The alleged traces of tetryl that were supposedly found on him were in fact only found on the items taken from him (handled by the US embassy staff) and not on Saif or his clothing, according the Chilean police, who were called to the scene.

The other supposed “evidence” was obtained after three PDI detectives entered Saif’s apartment without a warrant while Saif was detained in the US Embassy.  These Chilean police agents were later reported to be following orders of the US Embassy, not of their police superiors.

In addition to the fact that traces (not significant quantities, but simply traces) were only allegedly found on items not in Saif’s possession, the fact is that no crime was committed.  Chilean law forbids possession of explosives, not contamination by “traces” of tetryl.  As the public defender Gabriel Carrion has said, not only is Saif not guilty, but in fact there was no crime.

Saif should be fully exonerated at this point.  To allow the prosecutor additional time to “build his case” is a travesty of justice. When a person is innocent, as Saif is, it is impossible to find evidence, no matter how much time is granted.  Saif has been detained for six days shy of five months.  This is a grave injustice.  It has been an extreme hardship on him and his family, especially his parents who traveled to Chile to support him through this ordeal.

Even the kindness and support of the Chilean people cannot make up for the six months of freedom taken from Saif, and the damage done to his reputation by false accusations.  It is time for the Chilean people to stand up to their government.  It is time for the international community to take notice and demand Saif’s freedom and complete exoneration.

Showdown – Truth versus falsehood

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment

While the members of coalition of support of Saif Khan and millions around the world wait anxiously for justice, the opponents make a shameless final attempt to save themselves from humiliation, thus falling to a new low. Popular newspapers in Chile report a latest lie from the prosecutors about innocent Saif Khan. What is amazing is that such ridiculous propaganda only exposes the opponents and humiliates them further. It is also amazing that opponents are shameless creatures that have fallen below levels of human dignity. In  fact, we do not even consider paying attention to their lies anymore. They are only harming their own diminished credibility.

We are very hopeful that truth will prevail today in-sha-Allah and have faith in the Chilean justice system which has already given several judgments in favor of Saif. Today, the court is expected to give a decision as prosecutors brazenly ask for more time. 180 million Pakistanis and well wishers around the world supporting Saif Khan hope and pray for his dignified return to his country. Truth is very evident regarding Saif’s innocence. It is very evident that the opponents are desperate for a face-saving at the immense humiliation caused through their own injustice against an innocent student.

Earlier, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit, speaking to Dawn News said that there are “gaps” in the case against Saif Khan and that they are closely watching the situation. We are hopeful for an end to this drama and an end to Islamophobia and anti-Pakistan bias from the opponents.

We reiterate that we are all united and firm in support of Saif Khan!!! Surely and most surely truth always prevails for falsehood is bound to perish.

Court hearing on 4th October

September 24, 2010 2 comments

The court hearing for innocent Saif Khan’s case will be on 4th October, 2010. We respect and have faith in the Chilean justice system and are hopeful for an end to the case. In-sha-Allah (God willing), justice will prevail!

Friends of Saif Khan reiterate their continued support for him and pray for his dignified return to his homeland. We are proud of innocent Saif Khan for standing up against all adversities and being steadfast and resolute.

Members of the coalition for the support of Saif wait till October 4th court hearing in Santiago. In-sha-Allah hoping for the best and persevering in this trying time. Need prayers and support from everyone. The week of October 4th may prove to be decisive, making possible the arrival of Saif and his parents to Pakistan.