[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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