Haleem tortured in custody by police, PTI alleges

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The PTI on Tuesday alleged that Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh was tortured by the Sindh police during custody.

The party, its official Twitter account, shared a video of Sheikh, who could be heard saying that he was strangled and even showed a small wound on his shin, which he claimed was swollen.

Sheikh was arrested on Monday by the Anti-Encroachment Force (AEF) in connection with a land-grabbing case. The AEF produced him in the court of Malir’s judicial magistrate today.

Party chairman Imran Khan strongly condemned the alleged torture.

“Pakistan is in the grip of a bunch of criminals. These mafias know they will meet their political end in the elections,” he said.

Leader of the Opposition in Senate Dr Shahzad Waseem alleged that the Sindh government’s “unending continuation of fascism and brutal treatment” against Sheikh was still going on.

PTI leader Shireen Mazari also shared a video of Sheikh in a distressed and dishevelled state.

Sheikh’s daughter, Ayesha Haleem Adil Sheikh, also shared a series of videos and alleged that he was being tortured and mistreated.

“This is Haleem Adil’s leg, and it’s completely swollen. He needs urgent medical attention as he cannot walk. Instead of providing him [with] his basic rights, Sindh police and their IO (investigating officer) tortured him more and strangled him by the throat.”

Meanwhile, the senior superintendent of the Anti-Encroachment Force, Malik Murtaza, denied torture against the opposition leader in the custody. “No torture at all,” he told Dawn.com.

A day ago, Sheikh was taken into custody by the AEF minutes after he was released on bail by prison authorities in a terrorism case.

His dramatic arrest had taken place as soon as he came out of the Karachi central prison. AEF officials, who were apparently waiting for him outside the prison, whisked him away.

He was later shifted to the Anti-Encroachment police station and shown arrested in another land-grab case.

According to the fresh first information report, a copy of which is available with Dawn, a former mukhtiarkar (revenue official) had allegedly illegally allotted 25 acres of state land to Sheikh and 10 others for a cooperative housing society in Scheme-33, where the nominated persons had set up a cattle pen and warehouses. They were issued notices under the Sindh Public Property (Removal of Encroachment) Act, 2010, asking them to vacate the land in question, but they failed.

A case under Section 8(1) of the Sindh Public Property (Removal of Encroachment) Act, 2010 was registered at the Anti-Encroachment police station, East, on the complaint of mukhtiarkar Zulfiqar Ali Mangi on Aug 29.

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