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Personal Ordeal of a Seasoned Peace Activist

Islamabad-based lady - Foqia Sadiq Khan faces grave threats by a ‘Powerful Enemy’.

‘I have repeatedly requested the UK government to permanently cancel my Visit Visa but there is no response.’

Foqia Sadiq Khan

I had written an article on my Personal Ordeal in The Daily Times on 21 May, 2022 recapping my recent experiences with the law enforcement institutions. Today, in this updated article, I want to mainly complain about the lack of response by the UK Government to my three recent emails in June 2022 whereby I had asked them to permanently cancel the remaining validity of my torn-up and in police custody UK Visit Visa due to the reasons of personal safety.

Someone powerful who has decades old personal enmity with my family and myself has been using the transnational institutional backing to harm us since the 1980s. Now these powerful forces wanted to misuse my defunct UK Visit Visa to potentially harm my husband and me by ascribing false motives, justifications, proofs, and pretexts to me. This is despite the fact that both my husband and I are peace activists and we have all our lives believed in peace and harmony and non-violence and both my husband and I have never been violent to each other ever since 1998 when we got to know each other and also we have no weapons in our home since we are peace activists. Moreover, I also weigh more than 300 pounds, get breathless even with little bit of physical activity and cannot even walk on my own without help for more than one or two minutes, and have Edema in my feet due to malfunctioning of my heart and my husband is 71 years old.

I do not have visa for any country in the world on my new passport that I was forced to get made in June 2021 against my wishes because the estate agents in London made my life so difficult and almost abandoned my small London flat that I had to get new passport made to change an estate agent or to sell my London flat. I have some months ago in October 2021 sold my small flat in London and transferred all the money in Pak Rupees to my bank account in Islamabad and more than 99.9 percent of my money is invested in long-term investments in my Islamabad bank for between 1–3 years; with very little open money in my active bank account.

I had a UK Visit Visa on my old passport and my UK Visit Visa (valid till June 2024) that is torn-up and in the F-10 Islamabad police station custody since 15 May, 2022; also my previous passport carrying that damaged UK Visit Visa is also torn-up and in the F-10 police station custody since 15 May, 2022. I have widely circulated the photos of both my torn-up UK Visit Visa and torn-up previous passport carrying that UK Visit; along with the F-10 police station report of 15 May, 2022 that states that I am handing over both my torn-up UK Visit Visa and torn-up passport to the police.

I have in the first week of June (on the 6 and 7 June, 2022) written three joint emails to the UK Home Office in the UK and British High Commission in Islamabad while making a few others in the UK part of these email threads. In these three emails sent to the UK Home Office and the British High Commission; I have asked them (once again as I did in September 2018) to permanently cancel that remaining validity of my torn-up and in police custody UK Visit Visa from their official records forever as I fear that having the remaining validity of my torn-up UK Visit Visa on the UK Government records can be potentially misused to undermine the safety of my husband’s and mine.

I also made a similar request to cancel my UK Visa to the British High Commission Islamabad and UK Home Office on 3 September 2018 (as I was afraid of the plot to harm my husband and me even then) and the UK Home Office in its email response of 4 September, 2018, wrote back to me that “With regards to your enquiry about cancelling your visa, unfortunately, it is not possible to cancel your visa” and I have provided complete correspondence record of mine with the UK Home Office and the British High Commission Islamabad of early September 2018 in all my three joint emails to the UK Government. I have also warned the UK Government in my three recent emails that I would go public if they even this time do not permanently cancel the remaining validity of my torn-up and in police custody UK Visit Visa as the UK Home refused to do so in September 2018.

I have made an important clarification both in my second and third emails to the UK Government on 7 June. I stated in my second and third emails that I am very firmly and resolutely informing all of them: the UK Home Office, the British High Commission in Islamabad, UK Home Minister, UK Prime Minister, and the UK Supreme Court; that I will not seek political asylum either to the UK or any other country in the world; even if my husband, God Forbid, dies before me (highly unlikely) due to any natural causes or unnatural causes or even if my husband is murdered by my powerful enemies either now or ever in the future. I have also written to all of them in the UK Government and UK Supreme Court that they should save this above statement of mine in their official UK records for all times to come. My husband and I are both perfectly peace loving, humanity loving, life-loving, knowledge-loving, highly educated people with ethical principles for our lives.

I have also written in my second and third joint emails to the UK Government that I would continue to live in Pakistan with some or governmental/non-governmental institution such as Edhi Centre or with someone else privately in case if my husband, God Forbid, dies before me (very unlikely); either due to any natural causes or unnatural causes or even if my husband is murdered by my powerful enemies. I am only avoiding living with relatives/governmental or non-governmental institutions even for a short while for a few days while my husband is alive (and I am very sure he would outlive me) to protect both my husband and me from this conspiracy of my powerful enemies as kidnapping me and taking me away from our home in Islamabad is an essential part of this conspiracy.

I have also written in my recent above-mentioned joint emails to the UK Government that I have enough inherited money of my own which I can easily use to get legal immigration to any Western (including the UK) or non-Western country in the world and I do not need to seek political asylum either in the UK or anywhere in the world. I have also written in my recent joint emails to the UK Government that I am almost physically handicapped and immobile and cannot live independently anywhere in the world without my husband either in Pakistan or elsewhere as I cannot go shopping for myself or catch a train on my own or catch a bus on my own or go to the bank on my own or go to any workplace on my own; my husband does all that for me; so I cannot live alone without my husband anywhere in the world including Pakistan.

I have also written in my joint emails to the UK Government that I view the UK as my “enemy” country that has personally harmed me since 2003 if not much earlier since 1998–1999; so I would never want to live in the UK ever for the rest of my life. I have also written that I recently in May 2022 did not proceed with a potential research job offer for two year position in a Chinese Institute because I told the Chinese Institute that I will not work in China unless they also arrange a visa for my husband and the Chinese Institute could not arrange a visa for my husband; so the whole thing fizzled out. Similarly, I turned down a fellowship in the University of Pennsylvania in the US in the summer of 2017 because my husband did not want to accompany me to the US for the period of fellowship and I did not want to go alone to the US for my fellowship.

Moreover, I was enrolled for my PhD in SOAS London from 2002 to 2013 and I hardly lived in London for that duration as I was enrolled in for the PhD and I always rushed back to Pakistan to be with my parents and my husband. If I had continuously lived in the UK for 10 years; I would have gotten the UK Citizenship that I never wanted. As I said earlier, I also have enough of inherited money that I can easily legally get an immigration either to the UK or any other Western and non-Western country; so I do not need to at all seek political asylum in the UK or anywhere else in the world.

I have also recently widely circulated my husband’s and mine Marriage Agreement that is part of our Nikahnama that took place in Islamabad’s Katcheri in Lawyer Tanvir’s office on 19 May 2010 with my father’s younger brother Sadaqat Ali Khan as the witness of our nikah; now duly stored in the records of the local government office in G-11, Islamabad. This Marriage Agreement states that both my husband and I cannot inherit each other’s money or property unless we have a will for each other. And both my husband and I have no will for each other. So, obviously, neither my husband nor I can inherit each other’s money or property if one of us dies before the other.

Also, after I had sold my small London flat in the second week of October 2021 and transferred most of the money back to Islamabad in Pak Rupees and after having invested that money long-term for between 1–3 years; I tried to close down my two bank accounts in a bank in the UK in January 2022 and that British bank gave me the nightmare of my life the way they were fabricating through their teeth and not transferring the little bit leftover money in my British bank and closing down my accounts. I had to fight a very public fight with my British bank and I was about to go to the press in Islamabad against this British bank and only then did they relent and transfer the rest of money in Pak Rupees in my bank in Islamabad and closed down my two accounts in their bank. Also, the British bank resisted tooth and nail and didn’t want to transfer my flat money in Pak Rupees but only wanted to transfer my money in British Pounds (GBP) but I persisted as I was aware of some of these dangers I discuss above and then did they finally go along with my request after making me sweat for it badly. I no longer need any bank accounts in the UK since my small London flat was sold; so I got them closed after nearly losing my peace of mind. I only overcame my nightmare recent experience (as all other bad experiences in the past many years) with the British bank and London estate agents with the help and support of my husband.

Towards the end; I want to state that my husband and I will remain safe in the foreseeable future as the conspiracy of my powerful enemies that I have written above in detail will remain a botched conspiracy now since I have gone public about it in the last few weeks and now I am also writing this article in the press directly. I have always gone public about the potential threats since 2003 and I would always in the future as well continue to go public to ensure the safety of my husband’s and mine for the next many decades of our lives together. My husband and I are safe now and I am not at all scared as I take up such issues as a challenge and I have always overcome such challenges all my life. I do not feel disempowered in any way. I have the will to take on these challenges that have been thrown at me for decades and I have always overcome them and so have I this time around. I want to thank everyone who supported me in this process very much.

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 The writer is an Islamabad-based social scientist. Email: fskcolumns@gmail.com

 

 

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