Send Flowers for Justice. Make it a media event!

What if the channels are down, its not a curfew!

Pasting someone else’s mail:

We need to find Students in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Islamabad to co-ordinate this effort.

Just saw a Justice who had refused to take the new oath speaking on GEO this
morning–he had tears in his eyes as he spoke. A handful of people had left
flowers outside his gate. And the news anchor was saying that it is a pity that
so few had done so–yes it is hard to withstand a baton charge or a tear gas
attack, but leaving a few flowers is not hard. Perhaps you can use your network to encourage people to leave flowers outside the houses of the justices and the bar association officials–just leave them as far as the police will let them go. This would also be a way of catching the attention of the international media.

Dear All,

Several individuals stand out in the struggle for rule of law in Pakistan over the last few months. Most important are the honorable judges of the superior courts who have refused to take oath under this illegal PCO. These honorable judges are now under house arrest. Their refusal to bow to illegality and the state’s oppressive response are the clearest and most unambiguous expression of the nature of the forces arrayed on each side in this confrontation. Thousands of overseas Pakistanis are eager to show their support for these judges and to contribute in some form to the ongoing struggle. We propose the following non-violent, but potent, symbolic action:


Individuals as well as organizations should arrange to have flowers delivered as soon as possible to the houses of individual heroes in this struggle. This proposal was initially sparked by the sight of anonymous well wishers trying to deliver flowers to Justice Khwaja Sharif in Lahore. One proposal was to set a date (Friday after juma prayers was suggested) at which time these deliveries would be scheduled, but I think we should leave it up to everyone to pick the time of their choosing. The intention is to flood the streets on which these people live with thousands of flowers. IF the police intercept the flowers, every effort should be made to publicly display their resistance and to leave flowers at the nearest convenient symbolic point.

Dr .Zafar at ANAA has committed one thousand dollars to this project and suggested to pick one person in each provincial capital and Islamabad and send 200 dollars worth of flowers to each recipient. One list of proposed candidates consists of:

1. Justice Rana Bhagwandas in Islamabad. (Justice Iftikhar Choudhry is the obvious choice and other organizations may wish to pick him, but we felt his stature is absolutely unassailable now and we wanted to highlight the important role played by Justice Bhagwandas. But all the other “rebel” judges are deserving of this too and it would be great if other organizations could pick people like Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Sardar Raza, etc.)
2. Justice Khwaja Shareef in Lahore. Justice Ramday is also in Lahore these days and is most deserving of support.
3. Justice Sabeehuddin in Karachi (His address is as follows. Banglow # 44/2, 13 Street,Phase-V,DHA.Karachi. Ph: 5847582)
4. Justice Tariq Pervaiz in Peshawar
5. Unfortunately, all the judges of the BHC have become lotas. We are thinking that the most appropriate person in Quetta may be the president of the BHC bar association, who is under arrest.

Every person or organization should pick their own names and go ahead with their own timetable.

1. Take this in the spirit of a WIKI. This is not some kind of centralized top down campaign. Let each individual and organization take it in any direction and in any manner they wish. Spread the word. The most effective strategies will be the ones that evolve locally in Pakistan. I hope Sabahat Ashraf and others like him will help to spread the word.
2. Online ordering of flowers is easy, but those companies may not cooperate to the end. Most flowers should ideally be delivered by volunteers in those cities. Student organizations are the best place to target for volunteers. publicity in the press, over the internet and by word of mouth will be the most important factor in the success or failure of this campaign. Please contact whoever you can and carry this forward. ANAA will use its own resources to arrange or attempt deliveries.
3. Overseas Pakistanis can send cash to whatever person or entity they trust in order to financially support this effort.
5. Media coverage is key.

I am spreading the word. I hope others will come forward to take this much further. It sounded like a good idea to several of us, but if it sparks some other, better idea in anyone’s mind, please go ahead and act on that. Send us your proposals and we will try to spread the word.

Act locally, think globally…

33 Comments so far

  1. libertarian (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 11:03 am

    sumbul…I think this is a GREAT idea…I think everyone should back this…I wish I was back home and I would have definitely personally tried to give the flowers myself in karachi…please tell me who I can donate…to get these flowers there….also if you could post this on karachi metroblogs…I know many there are apathetic…but we have to sacrifice for others…I can’t thank you enough for bringing this up…PLEASE shower your love to these judges…we are NOT slaves we are free men…

  2. Jamsheed (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 11:14 am

    Both of you are idiots.

    Why just flowers ? Why not candles, or shoe laces or bottles of pepsi? WTF do flowers have to do with justice?

    Have some sense and stop being to emotionally driven by what you see in the media. You are still free individuals..and i don’t see how you have lost all your civil liberties ?

  3. Sumbul (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 11:24 am

    If you are living in a well way back in Pattoki, it’s not our fault. Free individuals? You call this freedom? If a police/army man walks up to your car and assaults you without giving you a reason you have NOTHING to take up against him, no courts of law to drag him to. that’s what this martial law wrapped up in emergency foil means!
    Wake up to the new world bozo!

  4. Akbar (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 11:27 am

    Yeah ! I agree with Sumbul. Lets make this a media event !!

    We need to organize a fashion show with some models wearing skimpy clothes, speaking in fake foreign accents, talking about Pakistani culture which they are no way representive of.

    Also have a glitzy event, perhaps a concert with lots of dances and lots of big big ads and sponsors (pepsi, motorola etc.) and lets start that concert on an Islamic note and end it with a dua for the betterment of the current situation.

  5. Sumbul (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 11:35 am

    Okay so what do you suggest? Go out on the road and strangle teh first government official you can set ur eyes on? whether its the policemen or the army or even the PHA ka maali, he’s part of the government too!!

    All we’re suggesting are flowers (not bullets) that don’t ahrm anyone but pulls up the spirits of a few good (patriotic) men left in the judiciary. What’s so “oooh that’s so girlish” or “kitty party-ish” about that apart from the fact that Voltron probably gave you an adrenaline high!

  6. Sumbul (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 11:35 am

    Okay so what do you suggest? Go out on the road and strangle teh first government official you can set ur eyes on? whether its the policemen or the army or even the PHA ka maali, he’s part of the government too!!

    All we’re suggesting are flowers (not bullets) that don’t harm anyone but pulls up the spirits of a few good (patriotic) men left in the judiciary. What’s so “oooh that’s so girlish” or “kitty party-ish” about that apart from the fact that Voltron probably gave you an adrenaline high!

  7. suh (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 11:36 am

    i agree with jamsheed, people are giving blind support to some judges who were about to sell out our country,

    well thanks for putting the judges address on the net,
    now i am going to there house to greet them with a baseball bat, a solid steel one.

  8. suh (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 11:40 am

    its just disgusting to see pakistanis supporting enemies of our country,
    allah humare madat karo

  9. JZ (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 11:49 am

    This is a good idea but in order to make it effective, we would need addresses of these honorable judges. Could anyone help? perhaps if we get email addresses we could email them our appreciation? how do we get postal or email addresses?

  10. Sumbul (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

    its just a matter of viewpoint. Sadly we’re all dwelling in oblivion, we just don’t know what to believe and what info to reject as trash.

    It’s all about opinions.

    JZ: the addresses are in the post, read again chum!

  11. libertarian (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 12:54 pm

    sumbul…don’t worry about these people…if I can stop myself from generalizing…these people have been desensitized…I will try to get the flowers to justice sabeehudin in karachi…and to you take heart form this…

    ‘”But let it not be said that we did nothing. Let not those who love the power of the state label the dissenters of authoritarianism as unpatriotic or uncaring. Patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity and a blind desire for safety and security. Understanding the magnificent rewards of a free society makes us unbashful in its promotion, fully realizing that maximum wealth is created and the greatest chance for peace comes from a society respectful of individual liberty.”

    to jamsheed and the rest…
    have you ever read the constitution of Pakistan and the protection it provides you to be a free man….ofcourse not…your job was made easier recently if you could just find out which articles had been removed…’you don’t see how you have lost your civil liberties” …well try going out and speaking your mind and assemble with 10 people…why do i need to do that?……because that is my right even if you like it or not…i am not cattle that can be herded anywhere you want …I am a free man…
    my grandfather and father much like yours sacrificed their food, clothes and shelter to come to pakistan …were they delusional…no they did it for our freedom..they did it so that their children do not have to have the oppression they endured…

    now that you guys ridicule us…we/I don;t care for I am doing this for your and my freedom which maybe our children may covet more than you…I was born in a dictatorship …spent my childhood in oligarchy and now again in dictatorship….enough is enough….they can take away my liberties but they will never take away my freedom….


  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

    well police will not let you give flowers to judges :)

  13. Sumbul (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

    @ LIBERATARIAN: Thanks for the boost pal. that exactly is my point. If we were to sit ignorantly not knowing our civil rights, then we will be very much at bay once they take them away as we know not what is lost!
    Freedom, in all its forms was the dream that came true in the form of Pakistan.
    Can’t see that being trampled under military boots!

    @Adnan Siddiqui: oh well okay, maybe we can give some to them too if they’re nice!

  14. Jamsheed (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

    libertarian … dude.. get a life and stop quoting movies … (braveheart)…

    And you are cattle whether you believe it or not.. its the fact that you cannot comprehend that fact that you are cattle :) .. be it for the politicians or for the popular media.

    What sort of oligarchy did you spend your life in .. military, political or arts ? You are not making any sense here…

    stop sounding like you are oppressed dude !

  15. Sumbul (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 2:01 pm

    I think you seriously need to take a hike Jamsheed man!
    if you don’t agree with other people’s opinions fine! Great, but midn your own business then if you are bent upon not udnerstanding what the entire hype is about.
    Trust me ignorance is a bliss and you are so blessed
    Live it up in your bubble!

  16. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

    Sumbul, you mean Gandhi geeri? :-)

  17. mozang bijli (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

    Dear sumbul please give me Justice bhagwan das’s post address and justice ifftikhar too if possible. i very much want to send flowres to them.
    it will cost me a fortune but i will do it.

  18. JZ (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

    The postal or email addresses of supreme court judges are not in the post. I could only get Justice Sabeeh’s address. BTW have they released his son??

  19. AAj (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 5:48 pm
  20. suh (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 12:25 am

    i hope army tears apart every person who goes to protest or give flowers to thief justices, they will truly deserve,

    this country is not going no where with these blind thugs.

  21. libertarian (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 12:35 am

    for those who take the time to try insulting those who do NOT ask anything of you…let it be said…

    “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”

    jamsheed I would love to meet you and find out more about why you think ‘we’ are cattle…but yes I thought the word ‘oligarchy’ is self explanatory to those who grew up in the 90’s…again I would love to meet you in person to express those ideas….for the braveheart quote?…please google the quote before suggesting where I take them from…and yes shower them with flowers and give the policemen some too…they are also beings with hearts who go back home to their children…they are just doing their job…
    so again keep the insults going we will only throw back flowers…
    peace…and..RESTORE THE REPUBLIC!!!!

  22. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 12:50 am

    May be out of their personal interest, these judges somehow stood against someone breaking all the laws in our country.

    They need to be appreciated if not given flowers, on at least ‘this’ action of theirs…

  23. F rasool (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 4:39 am

    Send your thoughts to president Musharaf on this website.
    If he receives millions of messages he will realize what has he done.He is probably suffering from some psychiatric disorder and does not have an insight into it.

    I just sent him this message
    you have done a shameful and selfish act in the last phase of your life.You will certainly repent.I sincerely advise you to get help from some good psychiatrist,Dr Fareed Minhas is a good one in Rawalpindi.

  24. gean (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 5:58 am

    I hope they achieve their goal of having that many flowers, justice really seems to be hard to achieve these days.

  25. Bilal Rashid (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 6:13 am

    its sad how these things always turn into personal attacks and wander off topic .. i believe a lot of people posting are posting for the heck of it and just to be disruptive. I would have thought education made better people out of us …

  26. Sumbul (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 9:23 am

    facing the same trouble as everyone else. whoever we try to contact is not available. I say we spread the word that everyone place flowers outside their own houses on Sunday. Spread it by blog posts,emails, sms, word of mouth.
    Let it not be only for these specific judges but for those unsung heroes who are true patriots and are being hindered by the malfunctioning of the major institutions of the country going to the dogs. Make it another sort of a peaceful movement that the world will see and remember

  27. Saad (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

    Sumbal, I think that’s a Great Idea. I have asked all my friends to do the same. Also, I wanted to inform you that I have set up a website specifically for discussions related to the stiuation created by Musharraf. Please spread the word and encourasge your friends to gather there frequently. THe site is


  28. mehreen (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm


  29. Saad (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    The clickable link is

  30. V (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 2:50 am

    This is a brilliant idea. We could courier the flowers to the judges but I doubt the hounds posted there would let them through!

  31. bluemax (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

    Why didn’t you guys think of sending flowers to Justice Saeeduzzaman Siddiqi, Nasir Aslam Zahid, and Wajihuddin Ahmed. These guys showed real courage when they refused to take oath under Mush’s PCO in 1999 while their brother judges (curent ones) showed no remorse. Even now I don’t see these 3 names in your list to whom you plan to send flowers. Isn’t this the height of hypocracy or what!!!

  32. Sumbul (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

    BLUEMAX: Those names were just erroneously missed out, no intended hypocrisy or strategy was involved so relax. Thanks for adding them to the list!!

  33. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 12th, 2007 @ 7:14 pm

    Ah! I wish someone would send me flowers too! :,(

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