[Ppnews] Pakistani Police attack rally for Dr Aafia Siddiqui in Karachi

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Fri Feb 10 11:50:58 EST 2012

Police disperses rally for Dr Aafia in Karachi



Policewomen escort Dr Fouzia Siddiqui after her 
arrest during Pasban protest rally for the 
release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui at Abdullah Haroon 
road in Karachi on Friday. – Photo by PPI

KARACHI: Police on Friday baton-charged and used 
water cannons to disperse a protest rally of 
Pasban that intended to march towards the US 
Consulate in Karachi to raise the issue of detention of Dr Aafia Siddiqui.

About a dozen protest leaders including sister of 
the detained Pakistani Dr Fouzia Siddiqui were arrested.

Police applied baton-charge and lobbed teargas 
shells to the rally besides firing shots in air 
at Abdullah Haroon Road in Saddar area.

Police took into custody Pasban president Altaf 
Shakoor and Dr Siddiqui along with a dozen other 
Pasban activists for attempting to enter the “red zone” of the metropolis.

Pasban had announced to besiege the US consulate 
in protest to highlight the plights of Dr Aafia, 
presently languishing in a US jail.

The protestors had earlier gathered at 
Masjid-e-Khizra at 3.30pm, next to Sindh High 
Court, carrying placards and banners inscribed 
with anti-US sentiments and chanting slogans 
against the government for dealing the matter with hands-off approach.

A Pasban spokesman expressed strong resentment 
over arrest of their leaders and demanded of the 
police to immediately release them.

He said their rally was completely peaceful. 
However, police deliberately developed a chaotic 
situation after opening aerial firing and using water cannon.

He said Pasban workers were extremely agitated on 
brutal use of force by the police, warning if the 
arrested leaders were not released the 
administration would be responsible for law and order situation.

In a latest development, the arrested leaders, 
including Dr Fauzia, were released by the authorities.

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