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Farooq Tariq Detention

Dear all,

Hundreds of political and trade union activists have been detained since June 5. In violation of all the legal norms, these activists are kept in jails in bad conditions besides subjecting them to mental torture.

A PPP worker died of heart attack in Kot Lakhpat jail on June 14. Among arrested is also Farooq Tariq, secretary general of Labour Party Pakistan. Since the imposition of present military rule, he has been arrested and jailed half a dozen times for his struggle for the restoration of democracy.

Please send protest messages against Farooq Tariq and all the activists' detention to:

•Musharraf at +92 51 922 1422 (fax) or via <>

•Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz at <>.

•Pujub Chief Minister Pervez Elahi via <>.

•Punjab Governor Lieutenant General Khalid Maqbool at +92 42 9200023 (fax) or email <>.

Dear Sir,

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.

Yours Sincerely,

The Labour Party Pakistan is updating the situation re detention of Farooq tariq at its website ( in English while in urdu an update is available at the site of Weekly Jeddojuhd (



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