Khadija Shah was released from custody in Quetta on Thursday following the clearance of her name by an anti-terrorism court in a case related to the widespread protests on May 9.
The court instructed the prosecution to present substantial evidence incriminating Khadija Shah in the case, but no such evidence was provided. Consequently, Khadija Shah’s name was removed from the case, leading to her release.
The designer and activist had been transferred from Lahore to Quetta two weeks prior, placed under remand after being granted bail by a Lahore court.
Her arrest occurred a few days after the outbreak of violent protests on May 9, which were sparked by the arrest of Imran Khan in Islamabad.
Pakistan Declares Nationwide Ban On New Year Celebrations In Solidarity With Palestinians
Meanwhile, caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar declared on Thursday that all New Year celebrations are prohibited across Pakistan as a demonstration of solidarity with the Palestinians facing severe Israeli aggression since October 7.
Pakistan, consistently advocating for the oppressed Palestinians on the global stage, has condemned Israel’s actions, resulting in numerous casualties. Kakar, in a televised address, stated, “The Pakistani nation is in a somber state,” and in light of the situation, the government decided to ban New Year celebrations.
He appealed to all Pakistanis to show solidarity with the Palestinians and urged simplicity during the new year. Kakar emphasized the catastrophic nature of the ongoing war.
Israel’s persistent air and ground offensive against Hamas have devastated large parts of Gaza, resulting in a death toll of at least 21,320, predominantly affecting women and children.