Awami Raj Party MNA Jamshed Ahmed Dasti, who was remanded for six days to police custody on June 23, has alleged that he is being tortured and starved by police in Multan Central Jail.
In a disturbing video broadcast Thursday, Dasti could be seen apparently breaking down and pleading for help through the grilled windows of a prison vehicle.
Appealing to the CJP to take notice of his ill-treatment, Dasti added that his sister was battling with stage three cancer and his mother, too, was unwell.
“They have tortured me so much, my barrack has scorpions crawling around and I have not eaten in six days. I have not been able to sleep for five days,” he said.
“This is a democracy, we are no longer under the rule of Gen Parvez Musharaf. Take Suo moto notice and call me to court,” Dasti said, addressing the CJP and Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Shahbaz Ahmed had allowed six-day judicial remand of the accused.
The MNA was put behind bars by the Punjab police for forcibly opening a canal gate in Muzaffargarh on May 28, following which the irrigation department lodged a case against him.
Dasti alleged that he had been framed and false cases had been registered against him. “I am not at fault, I am a poor man. They drag me and beat me,” he added.
The MNA was taken to the anti-terrorism court under tight security. Since the judge was not present, District and Sessions Judge Sohail Ikram heard the case, ordering Dasti’s transfer to District Jail Sargodha till July 3, where the anti-terrorism court Sargodha judge, Tariq Saleem, will hear the case.