Pakistani rights groups are calling on Australia to intervene and help two activists arrested after complaining of corruption in the distribution of flood aid.
Baba Jan and Iftikhar Hussain have been detained for nine months by authorities in the Hunza Valley, in Pakistan's north, after advocating on behalf of farmers and leading a public protest.
Both men were imprisoned under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
About one-fifth of Pakistan was flooded in 2010 after extreme monsoonal rains.
Farooq Tariq, national spokesman and federal executive committee member of the Labour Party of Pakistan, told Radio Australia's Asia Pacific Baba Jan was the first one to raise the issue.
This was "not only in Gilgit; he had travelled to Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, organised public rallies and meetings, press conferences and then the government and the media came.
"They were interested and they did something.
"In the meantime, the government announced compensation for the victims of those who were affected by this disaster.
"What happened was that the Pakistan People's Party did not give compensation to all of the victims.
"Then the victims protested. Within a year of this incident - last year in August - there were police firing,and two people were killed . . . in a demonstration."
Mr Tariq said "the main issue (was) that the Pakistan People's Party did not give the due funds to all the victims of this natural disaster.
"They wanted to give it to some of their own activists of PPP who were not affected.
"And Baba Jan protested against this malpractice and corruption by the PPP government in Gilgit-Baltistan, and that's how he was victimised.
"There were over 100 people arrested at that time, it was last year in August, 2011. But Baba Jan and Iftikhar were the prominent leaders of this movement."
© ABC 2012
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