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Rehman Malik Asks For ‘Contact Details’ Of Activist Killed 25 Years Ago

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    Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader and former interior minister Rehman Malik asked for the contact details of a renowned child rights activist Iqbal Masih, who was murdered 25 years ago.

    A Twitter user posted the photos of late rights activist, remembering his struggle and how in such a younger age of 12 years, Iqbal courageously fought against the child labor mafias. “After escaping slavery at 10, he attended BLLF School & completed four years education in two years. He also saved 3000 children,” the user added.

    In response to the tweet, the PPP leader questioned, “can anybody provide his [Iqbal Masih] contact details.” The user then told the former interior minister that Iqbal was assassinated in 1995 by ‘carpet mafia’.

    Iqbal’s father sold him, when he was only 4 years old, to a Pakistani carpet Factory in Punjab in order to get his family a loan to pay for the wedding of Iqbal’s oldest brother. Iqbal at the age of 10 obtained a copy of Bonded Labour Liberation Front (BLLF)’s pamphlet, which he used to escape from the factory. Since then, he became an active campaigner against child slavery. On 16 April 1995, at the age of 12, he was shot dead by the carpet mafia while cycling with his cousin in a village field.

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