Asma Jahangir claims security establishment planning to kill her
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Leading rights activist Asma Jahangir has said she has received information that Pakistan's powerful security establishment is planning to carry out a "murderous attack" on her, prompting civil society groups to condemn the threat to her life.
Jahangir, who is also a leading lawyer and campaigner for democracy, told TV news channels about the threats to her life late last night.
She said a credible source had informed her about a "murderous attack" planned on her by state agencies, following which she had restricted her movements and decided to remain at home.
She contended that the plan to kill her had been hatched at the "highest level" of state agencies, which were apparently angered by her efforts to highlight human rights violation by security forces in the restive province of Balochistan.
Jahangir also provided details of what she said were steps taken against her by Pakistan's intelligence agencies.
She alleged when a group of lawyers recently tried to book a venue for a meeting in which she was to participate, they were barred from doing so by the Inter-Services Intelligence agency.
On another occasion, some lawyers detained two persons who were part of a group that tried to attack her at a court complex, Jahangir said.
"One of these persons had an Intelligence Bureau identity card and the other had an ISI card," she told a TV channel.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said a "highly credible source" had provided information about a serious threat to Jahangir.
"What makes the reported conspiracy to liquidate Asma Jahangir especially serious is, firstly, the environment of target killings in which dissident persons' dead bodies are being dumped all over, and, secondly, the fact that the finger of accusation has been pointed at the extraordinarily privileged state actors," HRCP said in a statement.
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