We are a broad based alliance of progressive groups across the country working together to produce a counter extremist narrative in Pakistani politics through sustained civil resistance. PFA’s central aim is to organise, mobilise and catalyse this new force and gradually construct the framework within which reformist and radical politics can take root.
PFA does not require official affiliation or traditional “membership” to speak, act, or protest with us. Anyone who is raising a voice against extremism can be PFA. Our campaigns and ideas are freely available to any local group that wishes to be part of our work and we encourage all local groups to take on our campaigns in their particular city or area.
We believe that in order to achieve any measure of success we have to galvanise ordinary citizens to fight for themselves and each other. We work through litigation, lobbying and direct action.
With the help of some of the best and brightest lawyers in the country, PFA pursues cases of public interest litigation that relate to religious persecution, civil liberties, freedom of expression and hate speech. We believe the only way to ensure the supremacy of the law is through the habitual application of it.
PFA works vigorously behind the scenes as pressure group to influence policy makers, legislators, media managers, and financial stakeholders to ensure that their actions do not contribute to the extremist mindset. We are committed to directly challenging those in power and hold them to account for their actions.
Direct action is a political tactic of confrontation and sometimes-illegal disruption intended to attract and arouse public awareness and action. We believe strongly in the power of doing as opposed to talking. We aim to convert the large mass of latent Facebook warriors into street fighters and organisers. Direct action means that we must be prepared to think out of the box and dream up new ways of getting our message across. Organising and activity are the cornerstone principles of direct action. The smallest acts can have tremendous impact. What is important is that we must do more than we say, that is, “harkat mein barkat hai.” [There is abundance in action]
Some view some examples of direct action, take a look at PFA’s campaigns.