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Activist Jalila Haider detained by FIA at Lahore Airport


Arhama AltafWeb Editor

20th Jan, 2020. 02:21 pm
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Activist Jalila Haider

Human rights lawyer and political activist Jalila Haider released after been detained by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) at the Lahore airport.

According to an FIA official, activist Jalila Haider’s name placed on the Exit Control list (ECL) last November.

Jalila Haider said she stopped by airport authorities when she was boarding a flight to the United Kingdom (UK).

She told she had to attend a conference on feminism arranged by the University of Sussex.

When she asked why she was stopped from boarding the flight, she said that her name was on the no-fly list because of her “anti-state activities”.

Jalila said she made to wait for seven hours but no one came to see her, after which authorities returned her passport and told her that she can book another flight to the UK.

The activist said she will not leave until she meets her mother, who worries since news of her detention spread on social media.

She added that she had not involved in any “anti-state activity”.

“The FIA officials opened a website and told me that I am accused of involvement in anti-state activity,” Jalila said.

News of her detention spread on social media after the activist posted on her Facebook page that she had stopped at the Lahore airport.

Her sister and social media activists gathered at the airport, demanding Haider’s release and holding placards.

Jalila is an advocate and the founder of ‘We The Humans’.

It is a non-profit organization which works to lift local communities by strengthening opportunities for vulnerable women and children.

She is also vocal about the persecution of the Hazaras in the country.

In 2018, she went on a hunger strike, demanding the state to address the violence against the people of the Hazara community,

They faced persecution due to ethnicity and sectarianism, she said.

Haider had demanded Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to visit Balochistan and console the thousands of widows and orphan children left by the killing of Hazaras in Pakistan over the past two decades.

Recently, Jalila Haider recently included in British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)’s list of 100 Most Influential Women.

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