Mashal Khan’s Father Iqbal Lala, Academic Ammar Ali Jan Among Those Nominated In FIR Against Students’ March
Authorities in Lahore have registered a case against those perceived to be organizers and supporters of the #StudentsSolidarityMarch in that city. The charges cited by the police in this case include nuisance, sedition and the Punjab Sound Systems Regulation Act.
Those named in the First Investigation Report (FIR) include:
- Dr. Ammar Ali Jan (academic and historian)
- Farooq Tariq (left-wing leader)
- Alamgir Wazir (activist and nephew of parliamentarian Ali Wazir)
- Iqbal Lala (the father of slain student Mashal Khan)
- Muhammad Shabbir
- Kamil Khan
This FIR has surfaced in the wake of the disappearance on Saturday late afternoon of Alamgir Wazir. While his whereabouts are still not known, social media commentators are linking it to his comments about Pakistan’s marginalized regions at the student-led event in Lahore.
Human rights defenders and legal experts have taken to social media to condemn this development, seeing it as a repressive act on the part of authorities.
We have been nominated in an FIR. We met Governor who assured us of support. Ministers tweeted in our support. Protestors gathered & dispersed peacefully.
Do we even have a govt in our country? Can we trust anybody's words?
We are peaceful citizens & will remain undeterred. pic.twitter.com/KiixJt1uRj
— Ammar Ali Jan (@ammaralijan) December 1, 2019
This is the FIR against PEACEFUL PROTESTORS of the #studentssolidaritymarch. I cannot get over how absolutely ludicrous this case is. #Humanrightsdefenders are not harming Pakistan. They merely want a violence free society where everyone can live with dignity. pic.twitter.com/PSI56DmSMT
— Rabia Mehmood – رابعہ (@Rabail26) December 1, 2019
This FIR against peaceful citizens of this country is a vicious attack on our freedoms.
It is an attack on academic freedom, on dissent, on the youth of this country. It is an attack on our future.
— Asad Jamal (@LegalPolitical) December 1, 2019