Why Moeed Pirzada is WRONG

18 Mar

So here is why Mooed Pirzada is wrong:

He says: ” Human Right NGO’s have planted this lie in public mind that somehow Shafqat Hussain was only 14 when he committed murder on 10th April 2004 or when he was first tried in Aug 2004. This is simply not true.”

I say: Well, calling something a lie doesn’t make it a lie. Substantiate it. There is enough evidence to conclude that it isn’t a lie: Shafqat’s family produced his birth certificate, there is AMPLE evidence of torture by the police, which just for Mr. Pirzada’s information, has tainted all the evidence obtained through said torture.

He says: “May be he was 22, or 21 or 20 in 2004 and may be he looks young. The idea that ATC in Karachi and Sindh High Court were trying a 14 year old and no one noticed that, not his lawyers and parents is simply ridiculous.”

I say: Is it though? Is it ‘simply ridiculous’ that we don’t notice when minors are tried in Pakistan and sentenced to death? Around 40,000 children are annually imprisoned in Pakistan. Did Mr. Pirzada know this? That is 40,000 people under the age of 18 that are kept in jails with hardened criminals. I’d say THAT is ridiculous. I’d say a juvenile justice system that can’t differentiate between child-offenders, who need rehabilitation, and hardened criminals, who need retribution, is ‘simply ridiculous.’ Who speaks up for these 40,000? No-one at all. So now that we’re finally speaking up for ONE of them, Shafqat Hussain, we’re going to pretend like we don’t actually have a problem at hand? Sorry, Mr. Pirzada, my conscience doesn’t allow me to do so.

He says: “Tests always have error margins which lawyers may have been thinking of exploiting but now it will be difficult because all tests have to corroborate each other and with physical and physiological examinations.”

I say: Oh thank you for educating us on the error margin that tests have. What about the error margin in Pakistan’s criminal justice system? We have laws without evidence criteria and torture-extracted confessions being deemed admissible in court: is that not an error? And where someone’s LIFE hangs in the balance, is this margin of error something we’re ready to accept?

Stop encouraging blood-hungry vengeance. Violence only breeds more violence.


2 Responses to “Why Moeed Pirzada is WRONG”

  1. Raheel Hassan Shafiq March 18, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    Rightly said. How can someone be given death penalty for the ceime he commited at 14 and that also after 9 days of continuous torture to make him forcefully admit it. And that too in a country where you can’t even arrest a National Terrorist like Abdul Aziz whose arrest warrant has been issued

  2. waqasamirza March 19, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    i think moeed pirzada arguments carry weight. i think we are not living in a bollywood in which courts (at every stage of appeal) are failed to recognise sth very obvious and NGOs and certain other elements in the society are aware of that details.

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