Pakistán - Night time raids to arrest scores of unionists (2010)

In May, in various cities in Punjab Province, including Lahore, 34 union activists and labour leaders were arrested in late night raids. Police also filed cases against 1,300 workers for their involvement in union activities in an alleged attempt by local businessmen to prevent the formation of trade unions. According to the Labour Party Pakistan (LPP) and the National Trade Union Federation Pakistan (NTUFP), 30 belonged to the Labour Qaumi Movement (LQM), an organisation of textile workers, and were arrested on fake charges of attempted murder and kidnapping. The four others arrested in Lahore included Niaz Khan, general secretary of Ittehad Labour Union Carpet Industries Pakistan and leader of the National Trade Union Federation, who was arrested on allegedly false charges of robbery probably brought by the owner of Interwood.

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