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More arrests in Gilgit Baltistan

Crackdown on solidarity with Baba Jan and his comrades

Sunday 13 May 2012, by Farooq Tariq

While protests in different cities of Pakistan is going on, we received a bad news from Hunza valley. Six activists of Labour Party led by comrade Nasir are arrested in Karim Abad, the main city of Hunza, while flyposting the posters for the release of Baba Jan.

This is going too far, comrades are arrested even for this very normal political activity.

Demonstrations for the release of Baba Jan and four other comrades and against the torture are held in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Multan, Hyderabad and other cities today.

At Lahore, we gathered at Baghat Singh Shaheed Chouck to protest. I am writing this brief report from the demo place. This was the place where Baghat Singh and his friend were hanged by British Imperialism in 1931. We are demanding that this square should be named formally s Baghat Singh Chouck.

Baba Jan is today’s Baghat Singh, like him, he is now busy in fighting for the rights of prisoners in Gilgit jail. He has been tortured for that. He has tried to bring religious harmony among Shia and Sunni prisoners.

For more information on the case of Baba Jan and his comrades see Urgent Appeal : Death threat to activists imprisoned in Pakistanhttp.