List of arrests

List of arrested people after Emergency was imposed on November 3, 2007.

UPDATE: The initial list was compiled by The Friday Times Features Desk, with help from the HRCP, PPP (Sindh), PML-N, JUI, Jamaat e Islami JI (Punjab), and the PTI.

The HRCP Lahore Office is now updating this list. It now also includes members of Peoples Movement for Justice (PMJ), National Party Sindh, National Workers Party, Labour Party Pakistan, SAFMA, Awami Tehrik, etc.

The following is a list of people who have been arrested under the state of emergency to date. While some have been released, many remain incarcerated. This is far from an exhaustive list, and includes journalists, lawyers, political workers and activists alike.

Click on links below for lists of arrests province-wise

SUBJAILS – houses of

  1. HRCP Chairperson Asma Jehangir
  2. Former PPP leader Main Misbahur Rehman (n-D)
  3. PPP Begum Beelam Hussain (n-D)
  4. PPP Vice Chairman Yousaf Raza Gilani
  5. PPP former provincial president Qasim Zia
  6. PPP sitting president Shah Mehmood Qureshi
  7. Senator Latif Khosa
  8. Gen Hameed Gul Chaklala residence
  9. MNAYasmeen Rahman
  10. MNA Samina Ghurki
  11. MNA Mahreen Anwar Raja
  12. Qari Hussain Ahmed
  13. Munawar Hassan
  14. Aitzaz Ahsan

Following are the judges who did not take oath under the PCO and are under house arrest. This is not an exhaustive list

Judges of Pakistan arrested or placed under house arrest


Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudry Supreme Court House arrest
2.      Justice Rana Bhagwandas Supreme Court House arrest
3.      Justice Ghulam Rabbani Supreme Court House arrest
4.      Justice Naseer-ul-Mulk Supreme Court House arrest
5.      Justice Shakir-ullah Jan Supreme Court House arrest
6.      Justice Khalil ur Rehman Ramday Supreme Court House arrest
7.      Justice Sardar Ahmed Raza Supreme Court House arrest
8.      Justice Falak Sher Supreme Court House arrest
9.      J. Tassudaq Hussain Jillani Supreme Court House arrest
10.   Justice Raja Fayyaz Supreme Court House arrest
11.   Justice Syed Jamshed Ali Supreme Court House arrest
12.   J. Sabeehuddin Ahmed Sindh High Court House arrest
13.   Justice Shahani Sindh High Court House arrest
14.   Justice Musheer Alam Sindh High Court House arrest
15.   J. Sarmad Usmani Sindh High Court House arrest
16.   J. Sajjad Ali Shah Sindh High Court House arrest
17.   J. Anwar Raees Jamali Sindh High Court House arrest
18.   J. Faisal Arab Sindh High Court House arrest
19.   J. Akhter Saeed Sindh High Court House arrest
20.   J. Gulzar Ahmed Sindh High Court House arrest
21.   J. Ameer Hanif Muslim Sindh High Court House arrest
22.   J. Arif Hussain Khiljee Sindh High Court House arrest
23.   J. Arshad Siraj Sindh High Court House arrest
24.   J. Rasheed Khalwar Sindh High Court House arrest
25.   J. Salman Ansari Sindh High Court House arrest
26.   J. Zafar Ahmed Khan Sherwani Sindh High Court House arrest
27.   J. Khwaja Muhammad Sharif Lahore High Court House arrest
28.   J. MA Shahid Siddiqui Lahore High Court House arrest
29.   J. Azmat Saeed Lahore High Court House arrest
30.   J. Umer Atta Bandiyal Lahore High Court House arrest
31.   J. Sair Ali Lahore High Court House arrest
32.   J. Mian Saqib Nisar Lahore High Court House arrest
33.   J. Arshad Jahangir Lahore High Court House arrest
34.   J. Asif Saeed Khosa Lahore High Court House arrest
35.   J. Ijaz Chaudhry Lahore High Court House arrest

The movement of the four Peshawar High Court judges who did not take oath under the PCO is not restricted.

All the judges fro the Balochistan High Court took oath under the PCO.

Retired Justices


Justice (retd) Tariq Mehmood Balochistan High Court Sahiwal Jail, moved to hospital nov 26
2.      Justice (retd) Rasheed Razvi Sindh High Court Karachi Jail
3.      Justice (retd) Shafi Mohammadi Sindh High court Karachi Jail, released Nov 7
4.      Former President of the Sindh High Court Bar Association, Justice (retd) Ab ul Inam Sindh High Court Arrested Nov 10 Karachi Jail
5.      Justice (retd) Wajeehuddin Chief Justice Sindh High Court Arrested Nov 21, Islamabad, released later on

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7 thoughts on “List of arrests

  1. Regard for all of you,
    I would like to say that I was confined in central jail karachi, and I am president Sindh Dost Lawyers organization. I have to say that the list gieven by you is not complete . The names of many lawyers are not inlisted iclude me . so I advise you to up date it. If you require any help from me , I am here for that.

    Jehangir rahujo,Advocate
    President Sindh Dost lawyers Organization,
    505, lawyers Chambers, M.A jinnah Road Karachi,
    cell : 0300 8253696, 0333 3731993

  2. The emergency is like a cancer for the country in which constitution is suspended, fundamental rights are not claimable, doors of the courts are closed for the victims of state and roads of knowledge and awareness are also closed for the people. Media is completely banned, no one has right to ask about that, that is purely dictator ship and should condemned. Most of the people of country are victims; some are agents who are clapping on the cruelty only for taking un-due relives.
    Rights of small provinces are already un-lawfully prohibited; people of Sind and Baluchistan are fighting for their rights and revolutions. Both, Sindh and Baluchistan under cruelty and bombardments because they are demanding their rights.
    I also spent my golden 14 days and nights behind the bars in central jail Karachi from 5th Nov, 2007(I don’t care) with my other 50 lawyer friends only due to raise the voice against this killer of the nation.
    These rulers are working on the projects of their political fathers and they continuously perusing their instruction to make way to their entrance in the country and they like to make this country as Afghanistan and Iraq. No one is worried for the people but every one is trying and barging to take the chair.
    This is the last time for people of Pakistan, if the awaked and struggle for the restoration of constitution, Fair and independent Judiciary and free media, they can save this county other wise these rulers are continuously working to open the roads for international dictators.

    Jehangir Rahujo , Advocate
    President Sindh Dost Lawyers Organization
    505, lawyers Chambers , opposite Light House,
    M.A Jinnah Road Karachi.

  3. Daily Times, Dec 05, 2007 – Three deposed judges sacked, 24 stand retired

    ISLAMABAD: The Law Ministry on Tuesday issued a notification retiring 24 high court judges – and another dismissing deposed chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and two other Supreme Court judges – who did not take oath under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO).
    Chaudhry, Justice Rana Bhagwandas and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday were sacked without retirement privileges.

    Twelve judges of the SHC, namely justices Ahmed Jaffery, Khilji Hussain, Amir Muslim, Gulzar Ahmed, Maqbool Baqar, Athar Saeed, Faisal Arab, Sajjad Shah, Zafar Sherwani, Salman Ansari, Abdul Rasheed Kalhwar and Arshad Siraj, stand retired.

    Ten judges of the LHC, namely Khawaja Sharif, Saqib Nisar, Asif Khosa, Tahir Ali, Ijaz Chaudhry, Shahid Siddiqui, Jahangir Arshad, Iqbal Hameedur Rehman, Ata Bandial and Azmat Saeed, stand retired.

    Justices Ejaz Afzal and Dost Muhammad of the PHC stand retired as well.

    Dawn, Dec 05, 2007 – 24 judges of high courts ‘cease to hold office’

    ISLAMABAD, Dec 4: The federal government has notified that 24 judges of the High Courts of Sindh, Punjab and NWFP have ceased to hold office with effect from November 3, the day emergency was proclaimed in the country.

    Separate notifications dated December 3 were issued on Tuesday by the Law, Justice and Human Rights Division.

    According to the notification regarding Sindh High Court, 12 judges who ceased to hold office are Justices Rahmat Hussain Jafferi, Khilji Arif Hussain, Aamir Hani Muslim, Gulzar Ahmed, Maqbool Baqar, Muhammad Athar Saeed, Faisal Arab, Sajjad Ali Shah, Zafar Ahmed Khan Sherwani, Salman Ansari, Abdul Rashid Kalwar and Arshad Siraj.

    In Punjab, 10 judges of the Lahore High Court who ceased to hold office are Justices Khawja Muhammad Sharif, Mian Saqib Nisar, Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Muhammad Tahir Ali, Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, M. A. Shahid Siddiqui, Muhammad Jehangir Arshad, Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Umar Atta Bandial and Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman.

    In NWFP, two judges of the Peshawar High Court ceased to hold office. They are Justices Ijaz Afzal Khan and Dost Muhammad Khan.

    The identical notifications said the judges ceased to hold office “in pursuance to Article 3 of the Oath of Office (Judges) Order, 2007 (Order No. 1 of 2007)”.—APP

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