The arrest on the international day of human rights in Pakistan

10-12-2020 By: Farooq Tariq

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The Okara police arrested today on 10th December Khushi Mohammed, the president of Anjaman Mozareen Punjab (Tenants Association Punjab) from Lahore. He was returning to his district Okara after participation in a massive rally of the peasants on the international human rights day. Over 2,000 participated in the rally demanding land ownership rights to the tenants. This was first big rally in Lahore by the peasants.

An immediate sit in on the spot of the arrest in front of a police station started by over 100 political activists and peasants. For over three hours they blocked the main road and ignored all the threats of the police to arrest them all. This forced the Lahore police to lodge a report against the police of Okara district for taking an illegal action without the knowledge of the local police.

The day was marked by a convention organized by AMP at a local theater hall. Police in different areas of Punjab was not able to stop peasants to attend this rally despite all efforts. The AMP leadership vowed to continue their struggle for the ownership rights of the government owned agricultural farms in different district of PunjabFor over 100 years. The leaders of Labour Party Pakistan, Peoples Rights Movement, and Mazdoor Kissan party and different social organizations spoke at the convention to lend their support for the movement.

After the convention, a rally was brought out from Mahfil theater hall to the General Post office on main Mall road of Lahore. The demonstrators were chanting slogans like, down with American imperialism, ownership or death, release the arrested peasant leaders, land to the tillers and we shall overcome someday. They were blocked near GPO by the police. A delegation of prominent civil society organization went to deliver a petition to the chief justice of Lahore High Court.

On the way back from the rally, the plain cloth police officers arrested Khushi Mohammed, the newly elected president of the AMP.


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