For the past couple of days I have been subjected to slander, exaggerations and outright lies by government supporters.
My conscience is clear and I have not done anything wrong or in violation of any laws and I have already given my version and am ready to respond at any legal forum in the future.
However, I do wish to speak to those making self-righteous, and dishonest attacks on me. I have given more for this country and democracy than most of the people shilling for the government.
I spent three years of my life in captivity surrounded by hopelessness and in circumstances unimaginable for most people.
Instead of my commitment to democracy being shaken, my belief in Allah and my commitment to democracy strengthened.
I saw and endured what the opposite of democracy was, what the opposite of freedom was. Following my release, within days I was back within my people doing politics and working for my people.
A lot of people found that incredible that I could resume public life so soon after such a deep trauma. However, in those trying years of my life, I also found a deep appreciation of what freedom and democracy mean and how we should never take it for granted.
Also to those attacking me, I have withstood much much worse and by the grace of Allah I am still standing and those trials have made me stronger.
My father, my party and my life have taught me humility. To those who attack me for sycophancy or other reasons, I will say that I have given my freedom, years of my life for this struggle and will not be deterred by empty threats and slander.
How many amongst my detractors can claim to have endured what I have? I don’t wish it upon them. I wish them well and hope that they enjoy freedom and democracy and just hope that they don’t take it for granted.
I am proud of standing with my father, my party, democracy and parliamentary supremacy.