Peter Beaumont in Islamabad
Sunday November 18, 2007
The bruises suffered by Hassan Tariq, a senior barrister in Sindh province, extend in large purple patches from his hip to his rib cage. According to his own account, he was beaten with 'a hard object' and kicked and punched by officers for refusing to chant slogans in favour of Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf.
He was seized on 8 November, but it was five days later when police brought him to the hospital in Nawabshah where doctors found that he had fractured ribs and internal bleeding to his lungs. After the operation to clear his lungs, he discovered the police who had been stationed outside his door had fled, leaving him a free man.