Irfan Ali Khudi: An irreplaceable voice of activism silenced

"I am born to fight for human rights and peace. My religion is respect and love all the religions." - Irfan Ali Khudi

 
Bytes for All, Pakistan is mourning the devastating loss of Irfan Ali Khudi, a renowned and brave human rights defender from Quetta, Balochistan. Irfan Ali lost his life in a blast last evening during a series of suicide attacks at Rehmat Chowk, Alamdar Road, Quetta. 
 
Irfan Ali was a respected human rights activist in Pakistan. His work focused gender, interfaith harmony, religious tolerance and minority rights. He was involved in a large number of initiatives and several different civil society networks. It must be highlighted that he was the only male member to UN Women Advisory Group in Pakistan.
 
Since April 2012, Irfan Ali was involved with Bytes for All, Pakistan focusing on different campaigns and initiatives. In November 2012, he took over an advisory role for Take Back The Tech Project: End violence: Women's rights and safety online being implemented by Bytes for All in Pakistan.    
 
Throughout our association, he contributed immensely with valuable and sincere advisory and support services, and has left behind a legacy that B4A have to follow with all possible means and sources so that his unfinished agenda can be taken to the next level, where his dreams may come true in the form of a just and peaceful society. 
 
The management board, team and volunteers at Bytes for All, Pakistan are extremely grief-stricken over the loss of more than 100 lives, including future leaders like Irfan Ali and many others. We condemn the recent wave of terrorism in the strongest words. 
 
We urge that the government must use all its resources and law enforcement machinery to curb militancy and terrorism from the country, and indiscriminately protect the precious lives of Pakistani citizens especially its human rights defenders and journalists working in conflict ridden areas. 
 
 
 
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About Bytes for All, Pakistan
 
Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan is a human rights organization and a network of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professionals and practitioners. It experiments and organizes debate on the relevance of ICTs for sustainable development and strengthening social justice movements in the country. Its mission is “ICTs for development, democracy and social justice”. www.bytesforall.pk
 
For more information:
 
Shahzad Ahmad
Bytes for All, Pakistan
House 273, Street 17, Sector F- 10/2, Islamabad, Pakistan
 
Cell. +92 333 5236060