US State Department raised serious concerns over Pakistani so called PTM activist Gulalai Ismail

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US State Department raised serious concerns over Pakistani so called PTM activist Gulalai Ismail

WASHINGTON - US Assistant Secretary of State Alice G. Wells, who is also the in-charge of South Asia affairs at the US State Department, on Friday expressed concern over “reports of the continued harassment” of rights activist Gulalai Ismail’s family and her father’s alleged detention.

“We encourage Pakistan to uphold citizens’ rights to peaceful assembly, expression, and due process,” Wells said in a post shared on Twitter.

In a post shared on Twitter today, Ismail criticised the silence of the mainstream Pakistani media following her father’s alleged abduction from the premises of the PHC.

“I’ve run out of words to condemn the criminal silence of media; it has become an ally of [the] military in imposing unannounced martial law,” she said.

Pakistani women rights activist Gulalai Ismail, who is currently in the US link, on Thursday said that her father was picked up by “men wearing militia dress” in Peshwar.

“My father has been picked up by men wearing Malitia dress from outside of Peshawar High Court an hour ago,” Ms Ismail had tweeted.

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