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Release of political detainees urged

April 19, 2008

QUETTA, April 18: Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz leader Dr Riaz Chandio has said the party’s secretary-general Dr Safdar Sarki, detained in the jail ward of the civil hospital, is not getting adequate medical treatment and his condition has deteriorated.

Addressing a press conference due on Friday, he said that Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani had directed the quarters concerned to shift Dr Sarki to the VIP ward but the home department ignored the directive.

He demanded release of all political detainees, including Dr Sarki and Sardar Mengal, and warned the government that the JSQM would give a call for a wheel-jam strike on the national highways of Sindh and Balochistan if the detainees were not released.

He alleged that the Sindhi and Baloch people were facing government excesses and the oppressed nationalities were being denied that constitutional and political rights for several decades.

Dr Chandio said that the ill-treatment meted out to leaders of the nationalist parties of Sindh and Balochistan, Dr Sarki had been kept in the Quetta hospital jail ward while Balochistan National Party (Mengal) chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal was under detention in a Karachi hospital.