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Rights lawyer Jalila Haider detained briefly at Lahore airport, stopped from traveling abroad

12:39 Jan 20 2020 Lahore

Rights lawyer Jalila Haider detained briefly at Lahore airport, stopped from traveling abroad
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Lahore: Human rights activist and lawyer Jalila Haider was on Monday barred from boarding a flight to the United Kingdom by officials from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) at Lahore airport.

According to sources, the rights lawyer was also detained at the airport on Monday morning. Haider had been scheduled to board a flight to London where she was due to attend a conference related to her work.

Sources from the FIA said that Haider was barred from departing Pakistan as her name was on a watch-list of individuals who are under official scrutiny for alleged involvement in 'anti-state' activities.

Sources confirmed that Haider was released from custody after a six-hour long detention at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore. Haider was let go after she recorded a statement, sources said.
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