LAHORE: Political activist and attorney Jalila Haider was released on Monday after being detained for over six hours by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials at the Lahore airport.
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FIA officials said that Haider, who was due to fly to the United Kingdom to attend a workshop at the University of Sussex, was detained at the airport as her name was placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) last November. No reason has been stated for putting her name on the no-fly list.
According to Haider, she was kept in “informal custody” at the airport. “When I reached the immigration counter, I was told that my name is on the ECL,” she said.
“The FIA officials opened a website and told me that I am accused of being involved in anti-state activities,” she added.
Haider asserted that although the officials informed that her name was added to the ECL in November, yet she was never notified. “My flight was scheduled to take off at 6:40 AM and I was detained at the airport from 4 AM to 10 AM,” she said.
However, after she was released, Haider said that officials denied her being on the no-fly list and told her that she could take another flight.
“According to them, it was a technical glitch,” she said. Subsequently, she was allowed to leave the airport
Haider founded “We the Humans”, a non-profit organisation working with local communities to provide opportunities for vulnerable women and children. Last year, she was included in BBC’s list of “100 Most Influential Women”.