Friday, January 11, 2008

HRCP calls for reports on Mass Arrests in Sindh

HRCP to collect the particulars of the workers of political parties arrested or wanted, in the current wave of arrests, harassment and intimidation by the local administration

January 10, 2008 Karachi:

In a joint statement issued to the press Mr. Iqbal Haider, Secretary General, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and Ms. Zohra Yusuf, Vice Chairperson, HRCP expressed grave concern at reports that the government was using the current disturbances after the tragic assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, as an excuse to enter people's homes, arrest hundreds of thousands of political workers and create an environment of fear.

They said that HRCP has decided to collect - to the extent possible - the available data and particulars of the hundreds of thousands of workers of political parties and other citizens arrested or wanted by the local administration in the Province of Sindh on the allegations of arson, loot, dacoities and burning of the private and public properties following the assassination of the PPP Chairperson. HRCP appeals to all political parties, welfare organizations, NGOs and concerned citizens to immediately give maximum possible particulars of the citizens arrested / wanted by the local authorities in the current wave of arrests, harassment and intimidation.

Information should be sent to:

The HRCP Karachi Chapter – Unit # 8, Ilaco House,

Abdullah Haroon Road, Saddar, Karachi,

Phone: (021) 5637131-32, Fax: (021) 5637133,


After receipt of all these details of arrested / wanted / victimized citizens, HRCP would compile the same and release a detailed report.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

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