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IHC bars police from detaining activist Imaan Mazari

IHC Chief Justice Minallah says will not allow anyone to be harassed over criticism

The Islamabad High Court on Friday barred police from detaining lawyer and human rights activist Imaan Zainab Mazari in a criminal conspiracy case.

The Islamabad police on Thursday had filed a case against Mazari following her participation in the Baloch students’ protest outside the National Press Club on March 1.

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The students held a sit-in outside the club and were joined by Member of National Assembly Mohsin Dawar.

Islamabad police baton-charged the participants in order to disperse them.

Later, the police registered a first information report (FIR) against Mazari at Kohsar Police Station.

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IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah said that he would not allow anyone to be harassed over criticism, while hearing a plea filed by the activist to declassify the FIR registered against her. He ordered the police to provide a copy of the FIR to Mazari saying that silencing the voices of Baloch students was equivalent to sedition.

Mazari’s lawyer informed the court that the protest was held after a student from the Quaid-e-Azam University was taken away. The lawyer said that police resorted to violence against the protestors, as a result of which students sustained injuries.

The lawyer requested the court to look into the matter of missing students from Balochistan. The court replied that a separate petition would need to be filed for it.




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