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Ansar Burney launches autobiography “Awaaz”

  • Awaaz: Echoes of Freedom and Justice, Ansar Burney’s autobiography published in Pakistan
  • Pakistan’s leading human rights activist chronicles a 17-year journey of fighting for the oppressed.
  • Burney freed over 900,000 prisoners globally from illegal captivity and won 250 awards, including the Mother Teresa Award, Hilal-e-Imtiaz, and Sitara-e-Imtiaz. United States State Department awarded him the Anti-Human Trafficking Hero.
  • Awaaz is now available across Pakistan at Liberty Book locations online and globally through

‘Awaaz: Echoes of Freedom and Justice’ is Ansar Burney’s memoir chronicling his transformation from a student leader to a champion of human rights. Authored by Burney and co-written/edited by Shehar Bano Rizvi and Tasneem Premjee Chamdia, Awaaz memorializes Burney’s lifelong global struggle for human rights and underscores our transcendent common humanity.

While jailed in 1977, Burney witnessed harrowing conditions of Pakistani prisons. This led to his advocating for prisoners. In 1980, he established the Ansar Burney Trust, which confronted exploitation despite threats to his life. As a lawyer, Burney worked within the legal framework to address issues while cooperating with authorities. He worked with leaders such as Muhammad Khan Junejo, Zia-ul-Haq, Mirza Aslam Beg, Pervez Musharraf, and others, leading to many prisoners release in Pakistan. Burney has won over 250 awards throughout his journey, including the Outstanding Young Person of the World Award, Mother Teresa Memorial Award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, and Hilal-e-Imtiaz.

“After spending a lifetime serving humanity and raising my voice for human rights, I have learned that everything I have done has been because of God’s will. I have served God by serving humanity, His creation. Often, I did not have the means to help a prisoner or someone stuck in illegal captivity, but always at the 11th hour, someone would come forward to help and join hands for the cause,” said Burney, Chairman of Ansar Burney Trust. “This book also has happened in a similar way. I can’t explain how Shehar Bano and her friend Tasneem came together to write this book with me. I just want to thank them for their relentless effort in helping me share my story.”

The memoir recounts his monumental 17-year struggle against the use of child camel jockeys in the Middle East and reflects on personal challenges, relationships, and encounters with renowned humanitarians. Burney helps bridge divides as Pakistan’s first Minister of Human Rights and a UN Expert Advisor on Human Rights. His storytelling captivates readers as he shares successes and vulnerabilities and offers valuable insights for anyone in the humanitarian field or on a journey of personal growth.

“It was my distinct honor to co-author Awaaz with Burney Sahib. It was very challenging to capture such a diverse array of stories and struggles for human rights. Each story is captivating, moving, and incredible. The book will undoubtedly inspire readers,” said award-winning co-author Shehar Bano Rizvi.

Tasneem Premjee Chamdia, co-author, said at the launch: “Awaaz is an excellent resource not only for social and humanitarian workers but also anyone pursuing personal growth. The world needs great souls like Burney Sahib to exemplify what a driven individual is capable of and that we all belong to the tribe of humanity above all others.”


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