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Punjab Peasants case hearing on May 22 in anti-terrorism court on protest for rights

Sahiwal: May 8, 2017. (Imran Anjum), The next hearing of peasant’s case registered under the Anti-terrorism Act is fixed on 22nd May 2017 at Anti-Terrorism Court, Sahiwal.

On April 17, 2016, the leadership of Anjuman Muzareen Punjab (AMP) were protesting against the illegal detention of peasants in different cases launched by district administration in Okara district. The district administration and law & enforcement agencies beaten charge the protesters and registered fabricated cases 370/16 and 374/16 under the Terrorism Act 7ATA, 16MPO, 324/353, 186/148, 144/365, 290/241 PPC against the AMP leadership (More than 100 activists) including Chairman, Secretary, district presidents, group leaders etc. They registered cases to stop the protest and movement of AMP for the freedom of detained members of AMP and right of ownership to land cultivating generation by generation. Their right to peaceful protest aimed at drawing attention to the long struggle for their right to the land they have been cultivating for decades.

Human Rights Defender Imran Anjum has expressed serious concern over the administration denying peasants associated with Anjuman Muzareen Punjab (AMP), Okara. Imran Anjum strongly advises the government against employing harsh and authoritarian actions and throwing the book at the peasants. It calls for the authorities to engage the peasants in constructive talks to find a solution to the prolonged wrangling between the AMP peasants and the military, which claims entitlement to the land of AMP peasants have been tilling for generations. Anjum strongly urges the authorities not to deal with the peasants under the anti-terrorism framework and to respect their right to peaceful protest and the freedom of assembly”