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PTI women prisoners not being subjected to 'sexual assault': committee

Committee rejects PTI claims of women facing harassment, says all inmates "are fine"

By Web Desk
May 30, 2023
SSP Investigations Lahore Anoosh Masood addressing a press conference in Lahore, on May 30, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews
SSP Investigations Lahore Anoosh Masood addressing a press conference in Lahore, on May 30, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/GeoNews

A two-member team of the Punjab government has rejected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) allegations about its party's women being subjected to mistreatment and sexual assault of women in Punjab prisons.

In conversation with journalists outside Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore, SSP Investigations Lahore Anoosh Masood and Deputy Commissioner Lahore Rafia Haider said they "strongly" rejected the Imran Khan-led party's claims.

The committee members termed the allegations "nothing but a pack of lies" as none of the 10 women they met separately informed them about being mistreated.

"I must mention here that a specialist and a gynaecologist are present here. There's a library present here and all women are being allowed to read any book they want," Masood told journalists.

"There's clean drinking water here. Bed sheets are clean here. Even if they need clothes, they are available for them," she said.

“All inmates in the case, including Khadija Shah, were fine,” Masood added.

Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi had formed the two-member committee to investigate the allegations levelled by PTI of mistreatment of its female supporters in prisons who were arrested after the May 9 vandalism.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan had claimed that the party supporters were being "molested and harassed" and urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial to intervene ad take notice of the matter.

Thousands of PTI workers who have been arrested in connection with the May 9 violence also include women, while CM Naqvi had initially claimed that women have been dealt with in line with the law he has now formed a committee to probe the issue.

Earlier, CM Naqvi had said the PTI was resorting to propaganda regarding women being mistreated in prisons.

He had revealed that 32 women were arrested and only 11 of them are still in jail now. The chief minister added that it is his government's duty to ensure that "mothers and sisters remain safe".