Raza Mahmood Khan turns 38 today. But his friends and family cannot celebrate his 38th birthday. He has been missing in Lahore since 2nd December. Raza is one of the many missing persons who is a victim of enforced disappearance in Pakistan; what makes Raza Mahmood Khan a more unique case is that his work was more constructive as opposed to critical; as the convener of Aaghaz-e-Dosti, Pakistan, he worked at the grassroots to bridge the divide between India and Pakistan through school-based initiatives (exchange of greeting cards, letters and video conferencing); through his peace building work, he connected hearts and created a vision of peace, love and harmony. Raza also works at the intersection of gender, social justice, environment and interfaith harmony as a co-founder of Hum Sab Aik Hain in Pakistan. Why does the idea of unity and solidarity pose a threat? Stifling of peace builders, subjecting them to forced disappearance tarnishes the image that the nation seeks to protect through their false idea of patriotism and hypernationalism.
Please don’t let Raza get lost in the many cases of disappearances. Please help us bring back our friend and fellow peace builder Raza Mahmood Khan by responding to the urgent action appeal issued by Amnesty International and help us spread the word in the international media: