LAHORE: Farooq Tariq and other political prisoners in central
jail Bahawalpur are facing inhuman conditions imposed by the jail
authorities. 10 to 12 prisoners have been bundled in every room
with severe lack of food, water and latrine facilities in a high
temperature these days, ranging from 48 to 50 degree centigrade.
Political prisoners are not being treated according to the jail
rules, Farooq said as quoted by Mr. Saeed, Farooq's elder brother
who visited him in jail on Wednesday. It may be recalled that
no body is allowed to meet Farooq in jail without prior permission
of the Home Secretary.
According to Farooq, quoted by Saeed, he was given mental torture
constantly as after arrest on June 5 he was driven on unknown
roads and places for more than two hours. Despite his repeated
queries police did not speak to him and gave threatening expressions.
Again on June 9 he was alone taken to Bahawalpur in a truck. During
an 8 hour journey he was not even allowed to a make phone call
to his family. The purpose of taking him alone was nothing but
to give mental torture. There is enough evidence that 6 other
political prisoners were also taken from Lahore to Bahawalpur
the same day in a separate truck.
After reaching jail the authorities just dumped him along with
other political prisoners in a room. They were denied access to
information and other basic needs. As a protest Farooq and other
political prisoners went on token hunger strike against this inhuman
treatment of jail authorities. On which jail authorities showed
a bit relaxation in their attitude.
Meanwhile Labour Party Pakistan has condemned the ill treatment
to Farooq Tariq and other political prisoners in jail and appealed
to all human rights activists to protest against the severe violations
of fundamental human rights in Pakistan. LPP has also challenged
the detention of Farooq Tariq in Lahore High Court on Tuesday
and renowned lawyer Abid Hassan Manto is going to plead the case