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Protesters express solidarity with Lateef Johar.

ISLAMABAD -- Dozens of protestors including representatives of civil society, students and citizens concerned assembled a protest outside National Press Club here to express solidarity with the demands of Lateef Johar, a Baloch student leader, who has been on hunger strike for 42 days in front of Karachi Press Club.

The protesters were holding the placards inscribed with slogans in solidarity with the demands tendered by Lateef Johar, as well as calling on the state to safeguard constitutional rights of the people specially the Balochs.

They were also waving the flags of Pakistan to reflect their love for the country as well as the people.

During the protest the speakers demanded the security of person against arbitrary detention is a constitutional right enshrined under Article 10.

They elaborated further that it is heart wrenching to witness how blatantly such rights are being violated in Pakistan against its own citizenry.

Speakers mentioned that we are Pakistani citizens and it is the State's responsibility to safeguard our constitutional rights as given in our social contract.

Reiterating their commitments to stand by with any of the person who demands its constitutional rights the protesters were of the view that as per recent reports Lateef Johar is in critical condition and having strokes of unconsciousness since morning.

"We stand in solidarity and demand that the life of the young hero Lateef Johar be saved in time," they urged.

After the peaceful protest, the protesters dispersed peacefully.

It is pertinent to mention here that the doctors have deemed his medical condition to be critical at this point. Despite affirmations given by Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr. Abdul Malik, Lateef Johar has refused to end his hunger strike. The purpose of his ordeal is his demand to release safely Zahid Baloch, President of Baluchistan Student Organization.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Jun 2, 2014
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