Activist Jalila Haider Detained At Lahore Airport
Human rights lawyer and President Women Democratic Front Balochistan Jalila Haider was released hours after being detained at the Lahore Airport by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Monday morning. Jalila was scheduled to leave for the UK to attend a conference but was told by the authorities that her name is on the Exit Control List (ECL). The authorities further told her that the move is being taken due to her ‘anti-state activities’. Her passports and travel documents were seized.
Following the detention, a number of leftist activists staged a demonstration at the airport demanding Jalila’s release. It remains unclear as to what the charges against her were.
Jalila has been in illegal detention for past 5 hours. We were told FIA officials will arrive at 8 30. So far the offices are locked and officers are nowhere in sight. Securiry officials are now threatening us. We wont move unless they release Jalila. #IStandWithJalila pic.twitter.com/M6eyvzieh5
— Ammar Ali Jan (@ammaralijan) January 20, 2020
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