UPDATE-Night vigil & human shield to prevent forcible eviction of Justice Shahid Siddiqui

Update of post “Night vigil & human shield to prevent forcible eviction of Justice Shahid Siddiqui”

Govt to withdraw case against LUMS students

LAHORE: The Punjab government has decided to withdraw a case against 10 students of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), including two girls and eight boys, who were arrested by the police while protesting in front of Justice (r) MA Shahid Siddiqi’s house in the Race Course police precinct. According to a handout issued by the Directorate General of Public Relations, the government had decided to release the students who were arrested on December 6 from GOR-I, just outside Justice Shahid Siddiqi’s residence. The police detained the students in the Race Course police station after lodging a case against them under Section 16 of the Maintenance of Public Ordinance. President Pervez Musharraf on Monday asked the government to withdraw the case. The president expressed concern over the registration of cases against civil society activists, teachers and the LUMS students. He said that a lenient view should be taken on such cases. Daily Times staff report

Students’ protest against fellows’ detention

LAHORE: Students from across the city and members of civil society on Monday protested at the Cantonment Court against the “imposition of marital law” and the suspension of bails of the arrested students. Ten people including some students were detained on Thursday from outside the deposed Judge Shahid Siddiqui’s residence in GOR-I. Two FAST students, Hassan and Amanullah were also among arrested. Their fellow students were expecting that Hassan and Amanullah would be bailed out, but the court ordered them to appear on Tuesday (today) in the Anti-Terrorist Court, Dharampura. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan chairperson Asma Jahangir, Lahore Bar Association president Syed Muhammad Shah, Advocate Khurram Latif Khosa were also present on the occasion. The participants shouted slogans Go Musharraf Go and Zulm Kay Yea Zabtay Hum Nahi Mantay. The Students Action Committee continued the strike on the third day (Monday) at Lahore Press Club. A large number of students were present at the camp. Several lawyers and human rights activists visited the hunger strike camp and expressed their solidarity with the protesting students. Daily Times staff report

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