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UK Event: STOP THE EXECUTION OF MIRZA TAHIR HUSSAIN

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Urgent demonstration outside Pakistan High Commission, London, UK

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Islamic Human Rights Commission

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25 July 2006



Urgent Demonstration: Stop Execution of Mirza Tahir Hussain:





Mirza Tahir Hussain, a British citizen, is due to be executed in Pakistan on 3 August 2006. Mirza has been on death row for 18 years in what has been a clear miscarriage of justice.



A demonstration outside the Pakistani Embassy has been organised by Amnesty International this Thursday 27 July 2006 between 1030am and 12pm. The demonstration is supported by IHRC, Fair Trials Abroad, Reprieve and Human Rights Watch. IHRC urges all campaigners and activists to attend this demonstration in what could be Mirza's last chance.



URGENT DEMONSTRATION: STOP THE EXECUTION OF MIRZA TAHIR HUSSAIN

27 JULY 2006

10:30 AM – 12:00 MIDDAY

PAKISTAN EMBASSY, 34-36 LOWNDES SQUARE, LONDON, SW1X 9JN



PLEASE WEAR BLACK



Under Article 45 of the Constitution of Pakistan, President Musharraf has the power to reprieve, pardon, remit, suspend or commute any sentence passed by any court, tribunal or other authority. IHRC urges all campaigners to send urgent messages to Prime Minister Blair demanding that he personally intervene in the case to ensure Mirza is not executed and is released and returned to Britain.



Updated sample letters to Prime Minister Blair and President Musharraf may be found below for your convenience.





Write to the President Musharraf of Pakistan.



President

General Pervez Musharraf

Pakistan Secretariat,

Islamabad,

Pakistan

Fax: 00 92 51 9221422

E-mail: via the president\'s website: http://www.presidentofpakistan.gov.pk/WTPresidentMessage.aspx



Please send copies of your appeals to the Pakistani High Commissioner in Britain, Dr Maleeha Lodi.



H.E. Dr Maleeha Lodi

High Commissioner for Pakistan

Pakistan High Commission

34-36 Lowndes Square

London, SW1X 9JN



Fax. 020 7664 9224

Email: pareplondon@supanet.com



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Sample Letter to Tony Blair



[Your Name]

[Your Address]







[Date]



Prime Minister Tony Blair

10 Downing Street

London

SW1A 2AA



Fax 020 7925 0918





Dear Mr Blair:



Re: Imminent Execution of British Citizen in Pakistan



I am writing to request that you act urgently to prevent the imminent execution of British citizen Mirza Tahir Hussain in Pakistan. Mirza has been on death row in Pakistan for 18 years and is due to be executed on 3 August 2006.



The Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett, the President of the European Parliament Josep Borrell as well as numerous MPs and MEPs have already written to President Musharraf asking him to pardon Mirza, due to the unjustness of the entire case. A clear miscarriage of justice has taken place which has already cost Mirza 18 years of his life.



I request you to personally intervene to guarantee that Mirza will be not only granted an indefinite stay of execution but also released from prison and allowed return to Britain. Under Article 45 of the Constitution of Pakistan, President Musharraf has the power to commute the sentence and has indeed used such a power on many occasions in the past including the he commutation of the sentences in 2000 of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and in 1998 of Parminder Singh Saini who hijacked an airliner from India to Pakistan.



As you are no doubt aware, Mirza is a British citizen who served in the TA and was prepared to give his life for Britain. It is wholly unjustified that the British government should allow him to be executed for a crime of which he is innocent.





I look forward to hearing from you soon on this urgent matter.





Yours Sincerely,





[Your Signature]



[Your Name]



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Sample Letter to President Musharraf





[Your Name]

[Your Address]







[Date]



President

General Pervez Musharraf

Pakistan Secretariat,

Islamabad,

Pakistan





Dear President Musharraf:



Re: Imminent Execution of British Citizen in Pakistan



I am writing to request that you use your powers under Article 45 of the Constitution of Pakistan to commute the death sentence of Mirza Tahir Hussain, a British citizen who has been on death row in Pakistan for 18 years and is due to be executed on 3 August 2006.



This case is a clear miscarriage of justice which has destroyed the life of a naïve young man. In December 1988, at the age of 18, Mirza travelled to Pakistan to visit family. He stayed for one night with his aunt in Karachi before travelling onwards to Rawalpindi in the evening from where he took a taxi to his village Bhubar. Someway through the journey, the driver stopped the car and tried to physically and sexually assault Mirza. The driver took out a pistol and in the scuffle that ensued, the pistol went off and hit the driver who ultimately died of his wounds.



Mirza drove the taxi to the first police station he could find and handed them the pistol. He was subsequently arrested, tried and convicted of murder. Despite the High Court acquitting Mirza of all offences and charges against him in May 1996, the Federal Shariat court re-tried the case, reversed the decision of the High Court and awarded him the death penalty. The judgment was affirmed by the Supreme Court.



This is a huge travesty of justice – Mirza has spent the last 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. The case against him is ludicrous. Even the dissenting judge in the Federal Shariat Court strongly recommended that Mirza be acquitted due to the lack of witnesses and a confession.



Neither Mirza nor his family both in Pakistan and the UK have any previous criminal convictions or involvement in criminal activities of any kind.



I urge you to make use your Constitutional powers to grant Mirza clemency and allow him to return to his home in the UK and rebuild his shattered life. I believe that you have used such a power on many occasions in the past including the commutation of the sentences in 2000 of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and in 1998 of Parminder Singh Saini who hijacked an airliner from India to Pakistan.





I look forward to hearing from you soon on this urgent matter.





Yours Sincerely,





[Your Name]







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