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Pakistan:Farooq Tariq arrested again

In less than four weeks Farooq Tariq, General Secretary Labour Party Pakistan, was arrested second time in early hours of Tuesday, 5th June 2007 by a heavy contingent of Punjab Police from his residence in Lahore. He has been detained at Harbanspura Police Station, Lahore. It may be mentioned that Farooq was also arrested to stop his participation in reception for CJ in Lahore on May 4, 2007 and detained for three days. Talking to media men and party members after his arrest at police station Farooq has said that he was arrested without any warrants. He
said the state and its illegal tactics cannot force him to bow and vowed to continue struggle against dictatorship.

Meanwhile Raja Saleemulla advocate has filed a habeas corpus petition against the police in the court of Sessions judge Rauf Sheikh, who has issued notice to SHO Harbanispura Police Station to produce Farooq Tariq at 9 am Wednesday 6the June. Syed Mohammad Shah, President Lahore Bar
Association and senior advocate Ejaz Hussain will appear in court on behalf of the petitioner.

Labour Party thinks that the immediate reason of Farooq Tariq arrest is his proactive role in the Lawyers movement, participation in 4 May Press conference against PEMRA (Pakistan electronic Media Regulatory Authority) action against the media as well as announcement of Free Media Conference being organized by LLP on 6th June at Lahore Press Club.

A number of political parties, organization, trade unions have condemned the arrest and demanded immediate release of Farooq Tariq. Several political workers, leaders and friends have visited Farooq Tariq at police station to show solidarity. LPP is going to hold a protestdemonstration against his arrest at 5 pm Tuesday in front of Lahore press club.

Khalid Mahmood
Labour Education Foundation,
Sufi Mansion, 7- Egerton Road,
Lahore, Pakistan.
Tel: 0092 42 6303808, Fax: 0092 42 6271149
Cell: 0092 321 9402322

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Dave Riley | June 06, 2007

Farooq Update:
Dear All,

I am working fulltime on FAROOQ TARIQ case since his fresh arrest
(05-06-07) by the police. The task is delegated me by the Labour Party Pakistan. My findings and progress is as follow.

•Police has no detention orders (up till now) for him, so we can say the arrestigation is very illegal.

•Yesterday he was initially detained in Hurbancepura police station from
4:00 am to 10:00 pm. Many civil society activists visited to him including
Joint Action Committee and Pakistan Social Forum's officials.

•At 10:00 pm yesterday he was shifted on unknown place by the police.

•By a provision of the law, within 24 hours of the arrest police have to
produce the arrestee with the statement of alligation/alligations or some
evidences to the duty session Judge. After the arguments by the lawyers and
judgment, Judge may send him to jail or retain him with the police for
further investigation.

•Now the limit of 24 hours is crucial, to avoid the provision of law police
shifted him to another unknown place before the 24 hours are passed.

•Police officials are denying providing any information or legal status to
anybody regarding Farooq.

•A habeas corpus petition against the police by the Lahore Bar Association
is in process.

•To day SHO provide some false statements/allegations verbally before the Judge and did not produce Farooq as per notice given by the court.

•The Court passed fresh orders to Police Superintend of the region to
produce Farooq tomorrow with the allegations or detention orders by the
interior ministry. Now the date 07-06-2007 would be important in this

•All District Bar Associations of Lahore, High court Bar Associations,
Media Associations, Political Parties and civil society organizations are in
solidarity with us.

•I hope the state cannot detain Farooq for more days.

In solidarity

Nasir Iqbal

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