Human Rights in Pakistan: The world is watching the news of political ruckus and arrests of people in Pakistan. The government and the army there are arresting their opponents on a large scale every day. Human Rights Watch, an international organization that advocates for human rights and conducts research related to it, has expressed concern. Human Rights Watch calls on the Pakistani establishment to release all people and respect human rights.
Human Rights Watch says, "Pakistani authorities should release all those supporting peaceful protest or political protest and respect the due process rights of all those detained." Human Rights Watch said today that Pakistani police have made mass arrests and killed members of the political opposition, including former prime minister Over 4,000 people have been detained in protest against the arrest of Imran Khan.
All people should be released: Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch said that the police arbitrarily arrested several opposition political party members as well as those involved in the violence. to have properly arrested persons detained.
Many have been charged with vague and overbroad laws prohibiting riots and posing a threat to public order. The Pakistani government should release all those supporting peaceful protest or political protest and respect the due process rights of all those detained.
‘Arbitrary arrests of protesters must stop’
Patricia Gossman, associate Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said. "Pakistani authorities must stop arbitrary arrests of political opposition activists and peaceful protesters." Gossman said, "Any person who commits violence should be punished under a proper system, not as if someone was picked up without evidence. They should respect the rights of the people."
Violence erupted after Imran’s arrest
Recently in Pakistan, after the arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan by the police on corruption charges on May 9, 2023, entire Pakistan Violence had spread. Imran’s supporters had violent clashes with the police and the army. The police started chasing them with tear gas and rubber bullets. At some places, shots were fired and the protesters were lathicharged.
Police arrested hundreds of members of Khan’s political party Tehreek-e-Insaf on charges of criminal intimidation, rioting and assault on government officials. However, on the orders of the court, on May 12, Imran was released on bail. However, a tense standoff between police and Khan’s supporters continued in downtown Lahore, raising concerns of further violence. After which Imran told in a video that till now 4500 workers and leaders of his party have been arrested and the arrests are still going on.
‘Authorities should respect human rights’
Human Rights Watch is worried about these conditions in Pakistan. Patricia Gossman, associate Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said, "Pakistani authorities should show restraint and respect for human rights and the rule of law." He said, "The fundamental guarantees of peaceful protest and due process should not be made victims of Pakistan’s political struggle."
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