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A service of the Human Development Foundation (HDF)
Helping people help themselves
Thursday, January 2, 2003
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On behalf of the Human Development Foundation we would like to wish you all
a very happy, peaceful and prosperous new year. We pray that God Almighty shower
His blessings on you and your loved ones.
The twenty first century is still young. This new century has brought new challenges
for all of us. As the United States has emerged the unquestioned supreme power
of this new world, the citizens of this country face a new dilemma. How do we
balance our concerns for safety and protection against terrorism with the founding
principals of this country i.e. freedom of religion, human right, freedom of
speech, civil liberties and respect for human dignity?
While some of the factors causing and contributing to this problem are out
of the control of an average person, it is our responsibility as citizens of
this country to monitor the situation, keep an eye on the world opinion, and
continuously engage with the lawmakers here to help them make the right decisions.
As most of you know that the INS is requiring male citizens of the most of
the Muslim countries to report to INS offices for registration as an anti-terrorist
measure. Pakistan and Saudi- Arabia are the latest two countries added to this
list. Since the notice is kind of short, many of our community members are not
aware of this or if they are, they do not understand the gravity of the situation.
Sometimes they are completely unprepared for the kind of questions that are
being asked during these interviews. Many times they go presuming that they
will be back after the interview and so are caught by surprise when they are
detained. Their families go through a very traumatic period since they are in
total darkness as to the whereabouts of the detainees.
As a community based organization, the Human Development Foundation feels it
is morally responsible to inform and alert the community members about the situation.
For this purpose we have prepared a flyer that we hope can be copied and distributed
among your members. You can download the PDF at http://YesPakistan.com/INS/INS-HDF.pdf
It can also be enlarged and put up as a poster in your masjid / Islamic Center.
If there are some volunteers who can also make copies and distribute it to or
put up poster in the local ethnic grocery stores, it will definitely have an
added impact. We appreciate your help and co-operation in this matter.
The message to those members of our community who are being adversely affected
by the current situation is to stay united, work within the boundaries of the
law of the land, and help each other as much as possible. We hope and pray that
their ordeal will be over soon.
The responsibility is even greater for those of us who are not living in the
United States. They are the people who must work towards developing a positive
image of our community by promoting tolerance across ethnic, religious and racial
boundaries. By preaching and practising respect and equal rights for women,
minorities and children, we can create a society that sets the highest standards
for human behavior.
We pray to God Almighty that this difficult period in the life of our people
in this country is over soon. Meanwhile we have to do our best and help each
other. May God bless you for your assistance in this matter.
M. Khalid Riaz
The Human Development Foundation
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