Urgent help needed for Pakistani deportees
Since 9/11 Arabs, Muslims and South Asians have been suffering in America. Programs like The USA Patriot act, INS Special Registration and executive orders have caused havoc in our communities. 13,000 men and boys had been or will be deported to their homeland and hundreds have been deported to Pakistan. It has been brought to our attention that when these deportees arrive in Pakistan after being in prisons for up to six months, they are arrested upon arrival in Pakistan or criminal cases are filed against them, especially against those for whom asylum was denied.
The American Muslim Voice and Pakistan American Alliance are collecting data about the fate of such deportees as to what treatment these people received upon arrival in Pakistan. They have already suffered enough through the hands of the American administration. They need our support. They need our help to start their lives again. Please show some compassion, get involved and restore some hope in their lives.
1: We are requesting responsible citizens to help us collect credible information so their attorneys would have facts to prepare their clients for their future in Pakistan.
2: We are requesting all Pakistani organizations to join AMV and PAA in this campaign to collect data that will help highlight the unfortunate plight of these Pakistanis.
3: I urge journalists worldwide to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share any human interest stories you have, regarding this plight.
Samina Faheem Sundas, Executive Director
American Muslim Voice, www.amuslimvoice.org
Pakistan American Alliance, www.pakalliance.org
February 25, 2004