Islamabad: 28 August 2023: Twenty people in various uniforms and plain clothes broke into human rights lawyer Imaan Mazari-Hazir’s house at 3:30 am on Sunday, August 20, 2023, and took her away without showing a warrant, without letting her change, and without informing her mother where she was being taken.
They also took the CCTV camera and hard drive containing the CCTV footage, beat up her guard, and took his phone, besides her phone and computer, also took her mother’s phone.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) called the manner of Islamabad Police breaking into her house without a warrant “unacceptable”, adding that it “points to a larger, more worrying pattern of state-sanctioned violence against people exercising their right to freedom of expression and assembly”. The HRCP has said Imaan “must be released immediately and unconditionally”.
Pakistan: Amnesty International is deeply concerned with the reports of the arbitrary arrest of lawyer and human rights defender Imaan Mazari. According to her mother, authorities in plainclothes forcibly entered her home and took
away with no warrant at approximately 4:30 a.m. this morning. Her whereabouts remain unknown. The circumstances of her arrest violate due process and Imaan's right to liberty and security of person. Her arrest comes after her participation in a Pashtun Tahafuz Movement organized jalsa (public gathering) in Islamabad on 18 August. If Imaan has been detained for her participation in this jalsa, she must be immediately and unconditionally released as this would be a violation of her rights to freedom of assembly, association, and expression.