Police violence on activists: Mohammed Hanif to return Sitara-e-Imtiaz in protest

Mohammed Hanif

ISLAMABAD: British-Pakistani writer Mohammed Hanif has announced the return of Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the third-highest civilian award of Pakistan bestowed upon him by the state, in protest of violence against Baloch citizens.

“In protest, returning my Sitara e Imtiaz, given to me by a state that continues to abduct and torture Baloch citizens. Journalists of my generation have seen @SammiBaluch and @MahrangBaloch_ grow up in protest camps. Ashamed to witness a new generation being denied basic dignity,’ wrote Hanif in a post on social network ‘X’

Mohammed Hanif was awarded with Sitar-e-Imtiaz in 2008.


His repertoire includes a feature film, “The Long Night” (2002), a BBC radio play titled “What Now, Now That We Are Dead?” and the stage play “The Dictator’s Wife” (2008). Following his second novel, “Our Lady of Alice Bhatti,” published in 2011, Mohammed Hanif’s upcoming novel, “Red Birds,” has been acquired by Bloomsbury and is set to be released in September 2018.


Even President Dr Arif Alvi and Caretaker Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar on Friday expressed their dismay over the excessive use of force by the police against Baloch protesters in Islamabad.

The protesters, who were demanding the release of missing persons and justice for the victims of enforced disappearances, were baton-charged and tear-gassed by the police, resulting in several injuries and arrests.

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