Activist Gulalai Ismail Says Father ‘Picked Up’ From Outside Court
Rights activist Gulalai Ismail has stated that her father has been picked up from outside the Peshawar High Court.
Gulalai Ismail, who recently sough asylum in the United States, took to Twitter to state that her father had been picked up by men ‘wearing militia dress’ from outside the Peshawar High Court today.
My father has been picked up by men wearing Malitia dress from outside of Peshawar High Court an hour ago.
— Gulalai_Ismail (@Gulalai_Ismail) October 24, 2019
The activist’s father, Professor M Ismail, had recently revealed on Twitter that armed men had come outside his house at night and asked him to come out.
Ismail had refused to come out and had told the men outside to come in the morning. The men had stayed outside his house for some time.
Just now at 1-45 AM some armed persons came in two vehicles. Gave bell and asked me to come out. I refused to come out and told them if they are policemen then they should come in day time. They are still waiting in the Street. Agencies of terrorist State are out of control.
— Prof.M.Ismail (@ProfMIsmail) October 16, 2019
Former senator Afrasiab Khattak has condemned the arrest of Professor Ismail and stated that it was strange that abrogators of the constitution and leaders of banned outfits roamed free but dissenters were arrested under fabricated charges.
I strongly condemn the arrest of Professor Ismail. It’s strange that abrogates of the Constitution,leaders of banned terrorist networks & murderers of hundreds human beings in fake police encounters roam free but people with dissenting views are arrested under fabricated charges. https://t.co/uggKzrIvCF
— Afrasiab Khattak (@a_siab) October 24, 2019
Former member of parliament Bushra Gohar took to Twitter to express her shock over the incident and demanded the immediate and safe recovery of Professor Ismail.
Shocked. So the fake cases against him & your mother weren’t enough. Demand immediate & safe recovery of #ProfIsmail. @UNHumanRights @HRCP87 should hold an inquiry into the abductions to silence dissenting voices. #GayaPakistan https://t.co/PBxfdQWheu
— Bushra Gohar (@BushraGohar) October 24, 2019
In early October, an additional district and sessions court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Gulalai Ismail, a day after the rights activist had stated that the sole reason for her leaving the country was because the state failed to protect her and give her constitutional rights.