Activist and member of the Haqooq-e-Khalq Movement (HKM), Ammar Ali Jan, took to Twitter to lash out against the Lahore deputy commissioner after he was almost arrested while attending a student protest at Lahore’s Charing Cross.
“Upholding the legacy of his colonial masters, the DC thought it was better to attack peaceful protestors rather than engage with their legitimate demands. We are neither scared of these shameful,” the activist said on his Twitter handle.
While leaving the protest venue for the Students Solidarity March along with his friends, Ammar’s car was followed by a police van. They were stopped at Gulberg Main Boulevard and taken to a police check point. The group was only allowed to leave after agreeing to appear before the station house officer of the Civil Lines police station within two hours.
Ammar said, “The arrest attempts were made as a result of an obnoxious notification by DC Lahore” and, according to a local news outlet, he plans to approach the court for pre-arrest bail on Monday.
Jan’s arrest orders were issued by the Lahore deputy commissioner on Thursday under Section 3 (power to arrest and detain suspected persons) of the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance. According to the order, Jan was a “potential danger to public peace, law and order situation” and must be detained “in order to keep the law and order situation in the city”. Under the charge, the activist would remain under arrest for 30 days.