Pakistan frees 5,748 detainees 2007-11-27 21:40:07   Print

Special report: Pakistani Situation

    ISLAMABAD, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Pakistani government has released all the detainees except 37 people who were arrested after the imposition of emergency, Interior Ministry Spokesman Brig Javed Iqbal Cheema said on Tuesday.

    Addressing the weekly press briefing here, Cheema said, "Out of the remaining 37 detainees, five are detained under Maintenance of Public Order and 32 were booked under various charges for violence and violation of law of the land." He said they had to face the courts.

    President Pervez Musharraf on Nov. 3 declared a state of emergency and issued a provisional constitutional order, suspending the constitution. As a precautionary measure, the administration detained thousands of people across the country.

    The spokesman reiterated that the government did not in any manner want to impede political activities but had to take all necessary measures to minimize the threat posed by extremist forces.

    The government was trying its best to provide a conducive and enabling environment for conduct of free, fair and transparent elections ensuring even playing field for all political parties, said Cheema.

    He said it was heartening to note that a very large number of contestants including the leadership of almost all political parties had filed their nomination papers.

    Cheema said he hoped that all political parties would now wholeheartedly participate in the electoral process which would ensure smooth transition to full democracy.

    Referring to the security code of conduct prepared by the Interior Ministry and sent to political parties and the Election Commission, Cheema said, processions and rallies might be banned under the code. He said it was recommended in the security code of conduct that only gatherings might be allowed at specified places.

    Responding to a question, Cheema said the government would provide fool proof security to political leaders whosoever was under threat during the electioneering.

    Answering another question, Cheema said there would be no change in the policy of war on terror after President doffed his uniform. He said that terrorism is a very serious threat to the internal security and that the efforts would continue to rid the country of terrorism.

    To still another question, Cheema said that the name of former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz had not been put on Exit Control List.

    Cheema said the judges of the Supreme Court were free to go to their homes. He said, "If they want so, the government would facilitate them."

    Cheema said the vacation of their houses was the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and that only Apex Court would decide when these houses would be vacated.

Official: Pakistan frees over 5,000 detainees under emergency

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Pakistani authorities have released more than 5,000 lawyers, political workers and rights activists who were arrested under emergency rule, according to local press reports. Full story

Official: Pakistan frees over 3,400 political activists

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Pakistani Government has released a total of 3,416 political detainees including lawyers arrested since the imposition of emergency on Nov. 3, the interior ministry said Tuesday. Full story

Reports: Over 100 journalists arrested in S Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Police in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi Tuesday arrested more than 100 journalists who were protesting against curbs on the media, according to local press reports.  Full story

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