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    MNA Jamshed Dasti says being subjected to forced starvation, torture by police

    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.
    The seemingly agitated Dasti claimed that he had been severely beaten by police and deprived of food for six days, and that rats and scorpions were often released into his jail cell as a means of torturing him.
    Member of National Assembly Jamshed Dasti.
    Member of National Assembly Jamshed Dasti.
    "As soon as I got out of jail, they caught me again," the MNA added, referring to the events preceding his arrest.
    Last week, Dasti had been arrested by police minutes before he was scheduled to be released from Multan Central Jail after an Anti-Terrorism Court approved his bail application in a different case.
    A Muzaffargarh police team had arrested Dasti in a case Civil Lines police had registered against him back in his hometown.
    Additional District and Sessions Judge Shahbaz Ahmed had allowed six-day judicial remand of the accused.
    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.
    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 ... 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 motu notice and call me [to court]," Dasti said, addressing the CJP and Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah.
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