Pak au­thor­i­ties de­tain ac­tivist, scribe

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - WORLD - —AP

La­hore: Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties de­tained a rights ac­tivist who led a protest and a jour­nal­ist who al­legedly crit­i­cized state agen­cies on so­cial me­dia, of­fi­cials said Satur­day.

Po­lice of­fi­cer Ab­dur Rauf said Dr. Am­mar Ali Jan, a col­lege pro­fes­sor, was ar­rested early Satur­day af­ter he led a protest by the Pash­tun Ta­haf­fuz Move­ment. The or­ga­ni­za­tion cam­paigns against per­ceived high-hand­ed­ness by se­cu­rity forces against the Pash­tun com­mu­nity. Dozens of other PTM sup­port­ers were ar­rested dur­ing the week but later freed.

Last week, a PTM ac­tivist died in a clash with po­lice in the town of Lo­ralai in south­west­ern Baluchis­tan prov­ince dur­ing a sit-in.

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional con­demned Jan’s ar­rest, say­ing Pak­istan must stop us­ing heavy-handed meth­ods to in­tim­i­date peace­ful pro­test­ers.

Also on Satur­day, mem­bers of the Fed­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency ar­rested jour­nal­ist Rizwan-ur-Rehman Razi at his La­hore res­i­dence, ac­cord­ing to Razi’s son, Osama.

He told The As­so­ci­ated Press that armed men in plain clothes had been roam­ing out­side their res­i­dence and they called his fa­ther out­side. Af­ter an ar­gu­ment, they dumped him in a car and took him away, Osama said. Later in the day, the FIA con­firmed Razi’s ar­rest on a charge of vi­o­lat­ing the coun­try’s cy­ber­crime law.

—AP

A cal­en­dar with images of scribe Rizwan-ur-Rehman Razi

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