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 9am 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 protest demonstation against his arrest at 5 pm tuesday
in frount of lahore press club.