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Appeasement to ‘avoid bloodshed’ sends dangerous message: minister

ISLAMABAD: Against the backdrop of the protests over acquittal of Aasia Bibi, Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari has said the policy of appeasement to avoid bloodshed sends a dangerous message to non-state actors and undermines the very concept of democratic, peaceful protests.

Using the #IStandWithSupremeCourt hashtag, she tweeted: “Appeasement to “avoid bloodshed” sends a dangerous msg to non-state actors & undermines the very concept of democratic peaceful protest. The State has to enforce Rule of Law, Constitution & stand by state institutions esp when they are targeted.”

Citing an example from the history of Europe, she wrote, “It is unfortunate we don’t study history – appeasement historically never works as Chamberlain’s Munich appeasement towards Nazis showed. Appeasement to avoid “bloodshed” in a war-weary Europe led to massive bloodshed & destruction in the form of WW II.”

“& despite sceptics & beyond despondency I trust PM Khan to deliver on his commitment to Rule of Law, Constitution & defence of state institutions as well as to human rights guaranteed in Constitution – not just in present situation but also on issues like Enforced Disappearances,” the minister said.

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