…As Pakistani authorities detain rights activist, journalist***
A Kaduna State high court on Friday issued an arrest warrant against the chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Muhammed Isah, for contempt of court.
The development arose from a suit between the state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, and the publishers of an online newspaper, unionnewspapers.
Mr El-Rufai had sued the newspaper, claiming it made a false publication about his asset declaration.
The warrant, obtained and reported by another online newspaper, NewsProbe, was issued on Friday by Justice Mairo Mohammed.
According to the court, the CCB Chairman had failed to honour different summons of the court.
The court urged all police personnel and authorities to
effect the arrest.
The court adjourned the matter to February 13.
PREMIUM TIMES’ effort to reach the special assistant to the CCB chairman, Gwimi Peters, on Friday was not successful as he would not pick calls or reply to text messages for his reaction.
In the meantime, Pakistani authorities have detained a rights activist who led a protest and a journalist who allegedly criticized state agencies on traditional and social media.
Police officer Abdur Rauf says Dr. Ammar Ali Jan, a college professor, was arrested early Saturday after he led a protest by the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement. The organization campaigns against perceived high-handedness by security forces against the Pashtun community. Last week, a PTM activist died in a clash with police in the town of Loralai during a sit-in.
Amnesty International condemned Jan’s arrest, saying Pakistan must stop using heavy-handed methods to intimidate peaceful protesters.
Meanwhile, unidentified armed men picked up journalist Raziur Rehman Razi from his Lahore residence. Arshad Ansari, president of Lahore Press Club, condemned the incident and demanded Razi’s safe return.
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