Pakistani activist and blogger Ahmad Waqass Goraya took to Twitter on 20 June to allege that his family has been harassed by the Pakistani intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in an attempt to silence him and teach him a lesson.
Thread : Men from Pakistani intelligence agency ISI visited my elderly parents in Pakistan yesterday 20th June. They said loud and clear that they have orders to abduct and torture my father and attack my family to teach me a lesson. This is not the first incident.— Ahmad Waqass Goraya (@AWGoraya) June 21, 2018
They said ask Waqass to ShutUp. Don’t tweet or write and no activity at-least till the elections.— Ahmad Waqass Goraya (@AWGoraya) June 21, 2018
Before that they had visited my family multiple times in 2017. They tried to frame my family for terrorism and possession of multiple automatic weapons (which obviously my family has never possessed ).— Ahmad Waqass Goraya (@AWGoraya) June 21, 2018
In a series of tweets posted on 21 June, Goraya alleged that men from the ISI visited his family members multiple times, including on 20 June, threatening to abduct and torture them and attempting to frame charges of terrorism and possession of weapons against them.
Goraya, who has alleged "torture" by the country’s government authorities in the past, currently resides in the Netherlands.
The activist alleged that his family approached the police and the court, to no avail.
This is the 21st century and terrorizing parents , siblings or families of activists does not work.— Ahmad Waqass Goraya (@AWGoraya) June 21, 2018
We filed a petition last year in Lahore High court (LHC )via @Asma_Jahangir which was rejected by LHC. We have reported all these incidents to the police in past.
When the other bloggers and I were released in January last year, we were threatened and told that the religious radicals could attack us and families if we speak to public or media.— Ahmad Waqass Goraya (@AWGoraya) June 21, 2018
Expressing concern over how "a political fight is being turned into an ugly personal fight," Goraya dismissed the supposed attempts by the armed forces to engage in dialogue with activists as a mere "image-building exercise".
Personal fight has never worked and will never work in politics.— Ahmad Waqass Goraya (@AWGoraya) June 21, 2018
Having parents and the elderly at gun point does not make things better and it is not a deterrent.
ISI officials and men in Army uniform along with the FIA have been threatening the families of other activists as well. Many people can not report it due to fear.— Ahmad Waqass Goraya (@AWGoraya) June 21, 2018
But that appears more of an image building excercise because behind the scenes same terror tactics continue unabated.— Ahmad Waqass Goraya (@AWGoraya) June 21, 2018
There can not be and there will not be any dialogue at gun point.
Indicating his resolve to keep fighting for his rights in the face of such threats, he says:
"It should have been clear by now that I will not be blackmailed by blasphemy campaigns and guns pointed at my family... Pakistan is my country and I will keep fighting to free my country from this terror. Abductions, killings, dumping political activists and terrorising families has to end." - Ahmad Waqass Goraya
If my family is harmed any way directly or indirectly the world should know that General Faiz DG ISI internal wing, Brigadier Adil Sector Commander Lahore and their staff is responsible.— Ahmad Waqass Goraya (@AWGoraya) June 21, 2018
In January 2017, Goraya was reported missing along with several other activists. Later, he alleged that during the period of his disappearance, he was tortured "beyond limits" and "for pleasure" by a "government institution" associated with the military, reported BBC News.
As per the report, Goraya has earned the ire of authorities over his handling of a Facebook page that took digs at the Pakistani military, including on its actions in Balochistan. He has also been accused of blasphemy by religious groups.
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