Ammar Ali Jan Released On Bail After Arrest Sparks Protest
LAHORE: Prominent academic and human rights activist Ammar Ali Jan was on Saturday released on bail after being taken into custody earlier in the day.
He was taken into custody by Liberty Police in Lahore and shifted to an undisclosed location. He was later brought back to the police station. (Scroll down for the video).
Police booked Ammar Ali Jan under sections 290/291 and 147/149 of Pakistan Penal Code and under 16/MPO and 6 Sound System Act 2015.
The FIR has been filed by a Sub-Inspector at Gulberg Police Station, Lahore. It says that Ammar Ali Jan, along with his comrades, including Advocate Nisar Safdar, Mr Riaz, Syed Adeeb, Zahir Baloch etc, had been trying to incite people to violence against the state institutions.
It further says that these people had been raising slogans against state institutions.
A copy of the FIR has been obtained from the police station.
Later, he was brought back to Liberty Police Station. Ammar talked to his comrades gathered outside Liberty Police Station and announced that Shehri Tahaffuz March will go as planned.
According to Ammar’s own Facebook profile, his house was raided by police at 4am today and he was taken into custody. Later, he was charged at Liberty Police Station and then shifted to an undisclosed location.
— NayaDaur (@nayadaurpk) February 9, 2019
Ammar’s Facebook profile says that he had been charged for participating in a protest against Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) worker Arman Loni murdered in Loralai earlier this week.
In 2018, Ammar Ali Jan was fired from Punjab University under dubious circumstances. Punjab University, after initially claiming that Ammar’s contract was never renewed by the varsity, had later declared that he had been involved in ‘fanning anti-state’ sentiments at the campus.
Social Media Reacts to Arrest And Demands Release
“By raiding the house of progressive university teacher Ammar Ali Jan in Lahore, by arresting and shifting him to unknown place, the state security agencies have taken their repression against peaceful dissent to a new level”: Afrasiab Khattak.
By raiding the house of progressive university teacher Ammar Ali Jan in Lahore, by arresting & shifting him to unknown place, the state security agencies have taken their repression against peaceful dissent to a new level. Strongly condemn it & demand his immediate release. https://t.co/dCEBXdSAn2
— Afrasiab Khattak (@a_siab) February 9, 2019
“AWP condemns the arrest of Dr. Ammar Ali Jan from his home in Lahore, for the ‘crime’ of demanding justice for Arman Luni’s killing. Peaceful protest is a fundamental constitutional right”: Awami Workers Party.
AWP condemns the arrest of Dr. Ammar Ali Jan from his home in Lahore, for the 'crime' of demanding justice for Arman Luni's killing. Peaceful protest is a fundamental constitutional right. AWP demands his immediate release, along with all arrested activists. #ReleaseAmmarJan
— Awami Workers Party (@AwamiWorkers) February 9, 2019
“This is absolutely ridiculous. Ammar Ali Jan is a respected scholar, teacher and upright citizen. Participating in peaceful protest is every citizen’s democratic right”: Nida Kirmani
This is absolutely ridiculous. Ammar Ali Jan is a respected scholar, teacher and upright citizen. Participating in peaceful protest is every citizen’s democratic right. He must be released immediately. https://t.co/GnG6Dk2mkv
— Nida Kirmani (@nidkirm) February 8, 2019
“Political dissent is not a crime and should not be criminalized by the state authorities”: Shahzad Ahmad.
#Pakistan Human Rights Defenders Network (PHRDN) strongly condemn the arrest of Prof. Ammar Ali Jan and demand his immediate release. Political dissent is not a crime and should not be criminalized by the state authorities @ChaudhryShafeeq #NCHR
— Shahzad Ahmad (@sirkup) February 9, 2019
PS: It is a developing story and we’ll update as more information arrives.
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