ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has condemned the arrest of Imaan Mazari, a lawyer and a renowned human rights activist, saying that such arrests are in direct contradiction to the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution.
In this regard, Secretary SCBA Muqtedir Akhtar Shabbir in a statement issued on Monday said that the Bar stands with the rule of law, supremacy of the Constitution and independence of the institutions and in doing so. He stated that the Association views Imaan Mazari’s arrest with grave concern, adding such arrests are not only in clear violation of rule of law and all principles of fairness and justice.
He said that the SCBA also expressed concern over the order passed by Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), granting three-day physical remand of Imaan Mazar. He said that there was nothing to recover from her beyond her own statement, therefore, the order of the ATC not only violates our jurisprudence but also raises questions about the legitimacy of the so-called charges under which she has been arrested. It is crucial that legal proceedings are conducted in a transparent and just manner, upholding the principles of justice and human rights.
Shabbir remarked that the manner in which she has been arrested and subjected to detention followed by the three-day remand is utterly unlawful.
Earlier in the day, the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) granted the police three-day physical remand of Imaan Mazari Advocate and former MNA Ali Wazir in a case pertaining to a controversial speech. The two accused were produced before ATC Judge Abul Hassnat Zulkernain by the police. At the outset of the hearing, Imaan Mazari’s lawyer Zainab Janjua argued that the police had registered two cases against one incident.