HRCP denounces handcuffing Turkish family, demand release

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HRCP denounces handcuffing Turkish family, demand release

Lahore: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called for immediate release of Kacmaz’s family, ex-director of Pak-Turk school, including his two young daughters, who were abducted in Lahore today. The family had been residing in Pakistan for a year on UNHCR asylum seeker certificate, allowing them to stay in Pakistan till November, 2017.

The family members were picked up by over 20 armed people, including some women who were in plain clothes. They were roughed up, hooded, handcuffed and taken in a wagon. They were taken to a well furnished house where several other interrogators were also present. A Turkish neighbor who protested was also picked-up but later released. He witnessed the entire episode including the abduction and brutality meted out to the Kacmaz family.

HRCP urged the government to immediately release the Kacmaz family and desist from deporting them; as there are credible reports of other Turkish educationists being arrested upon their arrival in Turkey and their subsequent torture.

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