Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has claimed that thousands of activists of opposition political parties in Pakistan should be released.
Claiming that thousands of activists of opposition political parties in Pakistan were in prisons across the country, mostly in Punjab, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has asked for them to be released.
Questioning the government's claims that only a few people were jailed since the agitation caused by the removal of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, the HRCP said opposition parties like Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslm League-N (PML-N) and Muthahida Majlis Amal (MMA) have complained that hundreds of their activists across Punjab have been arrested.
HRCP said it also received complaints from political parties regarding the arrest of prominent people, for example, Labour Party of Pakistan leader Farooq Tariq, who had been detained for over three months.
The commission demanded in a statement that those detained should be set free. Arresting people blatantly would only add fuel to their anger and passion towards removal of autocracy in the country, the Daily Times reported.