‘Pakistan has gone back to the 10th century after emergency’

November 14th, 2007 - 10:17 am ICT by admin  
“It felt as if Pakistan had gone back to the 10th century where the state’s will prevailed and the people had no rights. The police barged into the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan building during a meeting and caught hold of all of us,” said IA Rehman.

“We asked them under what order were we being arrested to which they said, ‘the order is from above’. We were then bundled into the police vans and taken to the Model Town police station,” he added.

“We have struggled and worked for human rights during every government. This is not the only government we have raised out voice against,” Dr Mubasher Hassan said.

“We will continue working for human rights. My experience with the police was unnerving, even if brief. They took me to the Model Town police station and released me soon afterward,” Hassan said.

“I sat in my chair even while everyone else was being taken away. We weren’t doing anything wrong or illegal. I put my handbag in my lap and told the police that I won’t get up. The police grabbed hold of my chair and picked it up with me in it,” Salima Hashmi said.

“When we got to the police van, they asked me if I wanted to keep sitting in my chair. I told them that I wasn’t like Musharraf who wanted to keep his chair,” she said.

We did not plan to protest on the street. The meeting was called to discuss the protest inside the HRCP building’s premises against the emergency rule.

“We were taken to Model Town police station where the police took away our cell phones. The next day we appeared in front of a magistrate and were then sent to Kot Lakhpat Central Jail. The case against us stated that we had violated the law by protesting on the roads,” Hashmi said.

“Kot Lakhpat Jail authorities told our police escort that they were not told about the new arrivals and we were then taken back to Zahid Hussain’s house,” the Daily Times quoted Hashmi, as saying. (ANI)

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