pacts_2113621fISLAMABAD: Amnesty International condemned the government of Pakistan for its crackdown against PTI workers and protesters, as it called for the immediate release of all detained, on Monday.

“There is no justification for this repressive crackdown,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director. “Pakistan’s constitution guarantees people the rights to freedom of assembly, expression and movement. The authorities should immediately and unconditionally release all the people arrested solely for exercising their rights and allow them to protest peacefully.”

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Champa further referred to Section 144 of Pakistan’s penal code as a ‘draconian colonial-era law’ which unduly restricted the people’s right to freedom and organizing any peaceful assembly. Champa also demanded the rights of journalists and reporters covering the event be respected and not harmed at all.

The condemnation from Amnesty International comes at a time when police have intensified efforts to restrict PTI workers and party leaders from their ‘Islamabad Lockdown’ movement, which will is expected to reach its climax on November 2. PTI chief Imran Khan has vowed to shut down the federal capital on November 2 if PM Nawaz Sharif, whose children have been named in the Panama Leaks scandal, does not step down from office and present himself for an impartial inquiry.

So far, police and FC personnel have also been deployed outside the Bani Gala residence of the cricketer-turned-politician.