Authorities told not to arrest Imaan Mazari without informing IHC

Human rights activist was granted post-arrest bail in terror case on Sept 2.

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday ordered authorities to inform the court before arresting human rights lawyer Imaan Zainab Mazari in any case.

Imaan and former lawmaker Ali Wazir were arrested earlier this month. A pair of first information reports (FIR) were registered against the two at Islamabad’s Tarnol police station and Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) police station.

The arrests were made two days after a public meeting, organised by the Pashtun Tahaffuz Move­ment (PTM). Wazir, a PTM member, and Imaan had both addressed the rally, with videos circulating on social media showing speakers critici­sing the military establis­hment over enfor­ced disappearances.

On August 28, Imaan had received bail in the sedition case but was re-arrested within hours by the Islamabad police in connection with a freshly filed terror case. The following day, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) had handed her over to police on a three-day physical remand in the same case.

Subsequently, on August 30, the IHC had barred the police from arresting Imaan in any case registered after August 20 — when she was first arrested.

On September 2, Imaan was granted post-arrest bail in the terror case against surety bonds worth Rs10,000. She was subsequently released.

Earlier today, Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb of the IHC took up Imaan’s plea seeking the details of the FIRs registered against her and protective bail. The plea was filed last week.

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