PTI women workers deny reports of 'sexual assault' in jail.

LAHORE -- Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) female party workers and supporters - who were arrested in connection with the May 9 mayhem - rejected reports of alleged mistreatment and sexual assault of them on Friday.

Party chairman Imran Khan's arrest last month sparked days of street protests after which security forces launched a crackdown against the party following the attacks on civil and military institutions.

Thousands of PTI workers and supporters who have been arrested in connection with the May 9 violence also include women.

Following their arrest, Khan had claimed that women supporters were being "molested and harassed" during custody and urged Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial to intervene and take notice of the matter.

During their appearance in court today, the women workers confirmed that they were not being mistreated in jail. However, they said that keeping them in jail was "unfair" as they had not done anything wrong and should not have been jailed.

"The biggest humiliation was that women were picked up at night from their homes. Women should not be subjected to such cases," one of the women said.

On May 30, a two-member government committee turned down PTI's allegations related to the mistreatment and sexual assault of women in Punjab prisons.

In conversation with journalists outside Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore, SSP Investigations Lahore Anoosh Masood and Deputy Commissioner Lahore Rafia Haider said they "strongly" rejected the Imran Khan-led party's claims.

The committee members termed the allegations "nothing but a pack of lies" as none...

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