Nine days after his arrest Farooq Tariq, General Secretary Labour Party Pakistan (LPP), was shifted from Central jail, Bahawalpur, to Kot Lakhpat jail, Lahore, on Friday 14 June.
Though this should make it easier for family members and relatives to visit, they must still get prior approval from the Punjab Home Secretary. The Home Secretary has been evasive and used delaying tactics over providing the LPP's lawyer with a copy of the attested detention orders, which is required before a petition challenging the arrest can be submitted to the Lahore High Court.
Meanwhile, Sarmad Mansoor from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) – a political prisoner in Kot Lakhpat jail – died of heart attack on Thursday. He had been detained for three months. The death is result of terrible prison conditions and the inhuman attitude of the jail authorities. The PPP has held the jail authorities responsible for the death, as according to PPP sources Sarmad had suffered severe mental torture in jail.
Please find below a specimen of protest letter and links to send your message to concerned authorities in Pakistan
Khaliq Shah on behalf of LPP, Lahore
It is a matter of grave concern that Labour Party General Secretary Mr Farooq Tariq, a well-known activist for political social justice both within Pakistan and internationally, has been detained for three months by the orders of Home Secretary Punjab.
I understand that the arrest was ordered to prevent Mr Farooq Tariq’s participation in protests in support of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and against the state sanctions on media. This is tantamount to denial of fundamental citizens’ rights. I am further informed that hundreds of other social justice activists have been arrested under similar circumstances.
Farooq Tariq has been the victim of very bad treatment at the hands of prison authorities, in particular, psychological tortures that may attain his mental stability. He and several other political prisoners started a hunger strike in protest against this treatment. These conditions of detention, ten to twelve prisoners in a cell without food, water, sanitary facilities and high temperature, are degrading, humiliating and a transgression of the human rights. I strongly protest against the attitude of the Government of Pakistan and its ministers towards political opponents.
I find the arrest of Mr Tariq and the other protestors a gross violation of their civic rights and responsibilities. I believe the mass arrests undermine Pakistan’s international commitment that advocates principles of freedom of political association, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. I call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr Farooq Tariq and others arrested for their participation in the campaign to support Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
Send protest letters to:
- General Pervez Musharraf President of Pakistan
Fax: +92 51 922 1422, 4768/ 920 1893 or 1835
- Mr Shaukat Aziz Prime Minister of Pakistan
Prime Minister Secretariat
- Mr Pervez Elahi Chief Minister Punjab
Chief Minister House
- Lt General Khalid Maqbool Governor Punjab
Fax: +92 42 9200023