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EFSAS comments on Pakistan's thriving civil society despite efforts to silence it


The organisers of the Asma Jahangir Conference 2021, which included the Asma Jahangir Foundation, the Supreme Court Bar Association, and the Pakistan Bar Council, should take a lot of pride in the free flow of thoughts and ideas that they were able to encourage at the event. This is especially so given the unofficial and unconstitutional clampdown on free expression that has informally been imposed upon Pakistanis by the State and the deep State through intimidation, which includes arbitrary detentions and extrajudicial killings, and threats to those who dare to speak out against excesses and violations of rights by the State.