In the wake of rights activist Jibran Nasir being manhandled and then taken into custody by the police escort of a high court judge on Monday, a twitter storm erupted after footage of the incident went viral.
Speaking to The Express Tribune Nasir said, “On what grounds did the high court judge’s protocol manhandled me … dragged me out of my vehicle, tore my clothes and slapped me around! That is all I ask.”
“The protocol officer told me that I should be grateful that he didn’t shoot me and he only slapped around,” the rights activist claimed.
“Why don’t they charge me with anything now after my identity was ascertained, I guess this is how it feels to be an ordinary citizen in our country,” he added.
“I used to respect Omar Shahid Hamid but after he lied in his tweet just to protect these police officers my respect for him is in the past tense now,” he said.
The popular novelist and police officer spoke out that Nasir was involved in a road rage incident in which he tried to block a senior member of the judiciary’s vehicle when it crossed him on the road.
Regarding Jibran Nasir incident on Khaleequzaman road: Mr. Jibran Nasir was involved in a road rage incident in which he allegedly tried to block the vehicle of a senior member of the judiciary after that vehicle crossed him on the road.
— Omar Shahid Hamid (@omarshamid) July 2, 2018
A certain section doubled down on their support for Nasir calling for his immediate release, as well as, condemning the authorities for the ‘police brutality’.
Activist Jibran Nasir should be released immediately. If he has committed any crime by not giving way to a VIP protocol register a case against him and deal accordingly. To torture and drag him or anyone is illegal. #FreeJibran
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) July 2, 2018
Extremely alarming that @MJibranNasir has been arrested by Police in Karachi after a judge’s protocol vehicle hit his car. Here is his Facebook live video from the security vehicle before the policeman snatched his phone https://t.co/gIotkqZHgP #ReleaseJibranNasir
— Usama Khilji (@UsamaKhilji) July 2, 2018
The so-called protocol in the name of security of VVIPs must end. People should follow the example of #JibranNasir and resist wherever they find such injustice in the name of security. This is not fiefdom! https://t.co/hGLYN8r02T
— Kamran Yousaf (@Kamran_Yousaf) July 2, 2018
Arrest of Jibran Nasir is one bizarre development in an already bizarre political culture. I am failing to wrap my head around it.
— Farrukh K. Pitafi (@FarrukhKPitafi) July 2, 2018
— a (@Abbasayy) July 2, 2018
This VIP protocol on roads – of which Jibran Nasir is the latest victim – is one of the most vulgar and unnecessary displays of power in an already unequal society like ours.
Security details of the so-called VIPs, like their bosses, behave like real auqaat se bahir schmucks.
— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) July 2, 2018
— Syed Raza Mehdi (@SyedRezaMehdi) July 2, 2018
Seeing disturbing reports that Jibran Nasir, a rights activist and an independent candidate in the upcoming polls has been arrested by police in Karachi. He released a video as he was bundled into a police van, saying he was being harassed by a judge's security protocol.
— Asad Hashim (@AsadHashim) July 2, 2018
Others called for the Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar to take notice of the incident as the independent candidate was arrested by police officers who were a part of a High Court Judge Faisal Kamal protocol.
People also spoke out against the VIP culture in the country and questioned if a politician was being treated in this manner then how would an ordinary citizen be dealth with.
Completely unacceptable. Jibran Nasir being arrested by the protocol cops working for a judge. Ridiculous men in positions of authority can ruin the potential of a nation. Hope the CJP will take Notice of it. #freeJibranNasir
— Qurban Ali (@AliODHANO) July 2, 2018
This is not slap on the face of @MJibranNasir but on the face judiciary Pakistan.
This judiciary has lost all respect !
No Citizen is above then other, let's stand against VIP culture. Let's reclaim our rights as the citizen of Pakistan. #I_Stand_with_Jibran_Nasir ✌️
— Muhammad Asif Nadeem (@AsifNadeemTTS) July 2, 2018
Nasir allegedly attempted to block the vehicle of a senior member of the judiciary.
“I’ve been beaten and being forcibly taken away by [police] protocol [officers] of a judge,” Nasir was heard saying in a Facebook live video he put up online apparently shortly after being taken into custody.
“This happened because they [protocol vehicles] pushed mine to the roadside along the footpath and was hit with a gun chamber when I attempted to stop them from doing so,” he added.
Nasir was then seen being overpowered by police officials in the vehicle and restrained from videotaping the incident further before he was shifted to Frere police station.
The police escort briefly detained Nasir but subsequently allowed him to leave when his identity was confirmed.
While the social worker claimed he is under arrest, police said he is at liberty to leave the police station whenever he wishes. Police said they are inquiring into the facts of the incident.
Nasir was also quoted by some media reports as saying that a case should be registered against him if he has committed a crime.
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