Letter from Prison

Attached to this post is the letter sent by the detainees who were arrested by Police from outside the house of Justice Shahid Siddique for holding a vigil. Justice Shahid Siddique was amongst those brave judges who refused to take oath under the PCO/Martial Law. The government decided to forcefully evict him from his official residence in GOR-1, Lahore in order to humiliate him for taking a stand for what is right. Around eleven vigil holders, who gathered to brave any aggression by the State against the respected Judge, were arrested on the night between 6th and 7th of December and were moved to Jail.

According to the recent reports, the government has decided to take back the charges against the detainees and they will, hopefully, be released soon. This is all due to the mounting pressure that the students and lawyers have exerted on the Authorities to express solidarity with their comrades. The students organized a hunger-strike camp outside the Lahore Press Club for more than 72 hours without any break despite the increasing cold. The camp was frequented by various people from all walks of life who expressed their commitment for the cause, and appreciated the good work of students.

The youth of Pakistan, especially those who were arrested, must be lauded for their bravery in the face of extreme adversity of the State.

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