My friend has been kidnapped
February 11, 2014
In October 2012, I was with a CODEPINK delegation in Pakistan meeting families impacted by US drone strikes. Our friend Kareem Khan, a journalist from the tribal area of Waziristan, told us the heartbreaking story of the drone strike that killed his son and brother. Since then, Kareem has been organizing other drone strike victims to seek justice through the Pakistani courts, and he was scheduled to visit Europe on February 10th to tell his story to parliamentarians.
Yesterday we received the horrifying news that in the early hours of the morning on February 5, Kareem was kidnapped from his home by 15-20 men in police uniform and plain clothes, right in front of his wife, children, and neighbors. He has not been seen since.
We need your help. Sign this petition to demand that the Pakistani government release Kareem Khan immediately! Take further action by calling the Pakistani embassy in Washington, DC at (202) 243-6500 and the Pakistan desk at the State Department at (202) 647-9823.
It is outrageous that Kareem has been kidnapped for speaking out—through peaceful, legal means—about the terrible ordeal he went through losing his brother and son to a US drone strike in 2009. And I doubt the Pakistani government would have done this without the consent of the US government. Recent news has revealed the secret role of the NSA in the American killer drone program, but today people across the world are standing up to fight back against mass government surveillance at home and abroad.
Kareem’s fate is now in our hands. I am worried about my friend. Please help–– join me to urge the government of Pakistan to release him immediately.
Your voice can, and will, make a difference.