A Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Monday granted bail to eight Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers against bonds of Rs100,000 each.
The men were identified as Abdul Sattar, Niaz Ahmad, Muhammad Saleem, Muhammad Fayyaz, Ihsanullah, Ajab Khan, Waqas Ahmad and Rahat Nazeer.
The PAT workers were detained on August 14 while coming to Islamabad to participate in the party’s rally.
A total of 110 persons had been arrested after clashes broke out between PAT workers and the police. Cases were registered against the protesters under the anti-terrorism act.
Some of the released persons told The Express Tribune that most of their colleagues were arrested by the Sargodha police before they were handed over to the Rawalpindi police.
Separately, the Rawalpindi and Islamabad police had arrested around 600 PAT and PTI workers for violating Section 144. Most of the PAT workers claimed that they were arrested from their hometowns in Punjab.
“We were not even participating in the sit-ins. The police conducted raids on our houses and arrested us without any warrants,” said Azeem, a PAT worker.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 30th, 2014.