Value of human rights in the eyes of Pakistan police

Daily Times, June 25, 2005
Police sew UTP’s lips in Multan jail

By our correspondent

MULTAN: The Vehari police sewed up the lips of an under-trial prisoner (UTP) with jute yarn when he protested the police torture and used foul language against the policemen who were torturing him.

The UTP, Muhammad Hussain, was taken to Vehari to produce him in a court. He was kept in judicial lockup where he quarrelled with another prisoner, Muhammad Imran. Then he tried to commit suicide by hitting his head against iron bars. He was taken to a hospital and brought back after first aid. He again quarrelled with the Moharrir and tore his shirt on which other policemen thrashed him and tied him to a post. Later, they sewed up his lips with jute yarn and shifted him to the Multan Central Jail.

When contacted, the jail officials said the lips of UTP Muhammad Hussain had been unstitched and that he had been admitted to the jail hospital for further treatment. Multan Range Police DIG Malik Muhammad Iqbal has ordered a thorough inquiry into the incident and served three-day deadline to the ADIG for fixing the responsibility.

"I have ordered an inquiry into the incident," said the DIG. He said at least five policemen had been suspended for violating human rights. Muhammad Hussain, facing trial over a fight between rival groups, badly damaged his lips when he tried to speak again through the sewn lips, the DIG said, adding, "The policemen responsible will not be spared."

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