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Pakistani Progressives Oppose Pakistan’s Involvement in Yemen

[Pakistani fighter jets. Image via Wikimedia Commons.] [Pakistani fighter jets. Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

The video below by a friend, A.A., captures the sights and sounds of fighter planes, explosions, and anti-aircraft missiles outside her family home in Sana’a, Yemen on 27 March 2015 at 8:15pm.

On Thursday, the Pakistani state said it was considering a request to join the US-backed Saudi-led coalition that is bombing Houthi rebels in Yemen. The official Saudi news agency, SPA, stated that Pakistan is one of the countries that have "declared their willingness to participate" in the military campaign, even as it has indicated that it will not send in troops for the moment. It is with this in mind that we have organized the statement below to declare immediately a principled opposition to any existing or proposed involvement of the Pakistani military in Yemen.

- Madiha Tahir and Saadia Toor

STATEMENT

We, the undersigned, strongly oppose the Pakistani state's involvement in any capacity—military or otherwise—in the current assault by a Saudi-led coalition on Yemen. We stand in solidarity with the people who bear the brunt of the Pakistani military's violence, be it at home or abroad.

Signatories:

Saadia Toor, Associate Professor, Sociology, College of Staten Island, City University of New York (CUNY)

Madiha Tahir, PhD student, Columbia University

Neelam Hussain, feminist activist, Executive Coordinator, Simorgh

Rubina Saigol, feminist activist

Lala Rukh, feminist activist and artist

Shahnaz Rouse, Professor, Sarah Lawrence College

Asim Rafiqui, Photographer/Writer, NOOR Images

Amal Rana

Iftikhar Dadi

Zohra Ahmed, Attorney

Alia Ali

Tariq Ali

Abira Ashfaq, Lawyer

Sonia Qadir

Sahar Shafqat, Professor, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Hashim bin Rashid

Rakshanda Saleem, Associate Professor, Lesley University

Mahvish Ahmad, Awami Workers Party

Mehr Un Nisa, PhD student, University of Rochester

Shmyla Khan, Supreme Court of Pakistan

Kyla Pasha

Qalandar Bux Memon, Editor, Naked Punch Review

Sadia Shirazi, doctoral student

Orbala, blogger and doctoral student

Kamran Asdar Ali, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin

Zehra Husain

Hafeez Jamali, Ph.D., Anthropologist, University of Texas at Austin

Hamzah Saif, editor, Tanqeed Magazine

Ayyaz Mallick

Tayyaba Jiwani

Waqas Mirza

Dr. Idrees Ahmad, Lecturer, University of Stirling

Noor Mir, anti-war organizer, Washington, DC

Mehreen Kasana

Ayesha Jalal, Professor of History, Tufts University

Majed Akhter, Assistant Professor, Indiana University

Jahanzeb Hussain, Editor, Ricochet Media

Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur, Baloch nationalist

Ziyad Faycal, Awami Workers Party

Pirdhan Baloch, activist

Amanullah Kariappar, Lecturer, Namal College

Sarah Suhail, Lawyer

Beena Sarwar

Malik Siraj Akbar, Editor, Baloch Hal

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