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Okara: Christian school student illegally arrested, victim’s family seeks justice


Young Pakistani Christian Shaqaf Sikander has been illegally detained by the police. The police are yet to charge him, as the boy remains detained. The incident unfolded in Okara, a city in Punjab province. Shaqaf Sikander son of Dildar Ulfat is resident of Chak 10/L Okara, he was arrested when he was on his way to Okara city along with his sisters.

Christians in Okara

Detailing the incident to Christians in Pakistan, his relative said: “Police are not even permitting his family to meet him.” He revealed that Shaqaf is just 19 years old and is a student of class 10. “Help us,” he implored. “Even if Shaqaf has committed a crime, his family should be allowed to meet with him,” he maintained.

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He told Christians in Pakistan that police had kept Shaqaf at Saddar Police Station. No FIR (First Information Report) has been registered against him yet, he explained. Details have this that Shaqaf was accompanied by his sisters when the incident unfolded. Police pulled him out of the rickshaw, and forced him into their mobile van, his sisters revealed. A man identified as Younus who claims to be associated with a security agency stopped the rickshaw, pulling him out forcefully. When Shaqaf’s sisters tried to resist, policemen started misbehaving with them.

Shaqaf’s family claims that; he is not nominated in any police case nor has he committed any crime. He has been held illegally without any reason. They allege that Shaqaf has been held because his father is a leader of local laborers organization.

“We urge Chief Justice of Pakistan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Chief Minister of Punjab, Governor Punjab, I.G. Punjab, D.P.O Okara and DCO Okara to take notice of this incident, and put a lid to illegal arrests of laborers,” Shaqaf’s family demanded. They urged for an immediate release of Shaqaf so that he can appear in his annual examinations.