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Bagram, Afghanistan: government urged to bring detained Pakistanis back

Justice Project Pakistan has demanded that the government to take steps to bring back seven Pakistanis detained in Bagram, Afganistan. Barrister Sara Belal, counsel of JPP said this while addressing a press conference along-with Munir Ahmed, the cousin of a detainee Yunus Rahmatullah here Tuesday.

Ms Sara said that out of the seven Pakistanis, three were cleared by America, but unfortunately no efforts are being made by the government to bring them back. The name of the Pakistanis are Hamidullah Khan, Yunus Rahmatullah, Abdul Halim Saifullah, Fazal Karim, Amal Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed and Awal Noor. She informed that a JPP petition against their detention is pending at Lahore High Court.

"It is extremely disappointing that the ministry of foreign affairs has filed a report in the court which merely reiterates the American line of argument and thus doing nothing to aid safe repatriation of Pakistani citizens from Bagram," she said. Giving details of Tuesday's hearing, she said that the ministry has finally filed a report to the court orders given on October 20, 2011. Needless to say this report is nothing more than the regurgitation of the information provided earlier by the MOFA.

The court clearly directed that a delegate of Pakistan Embassy in Kabul to visit the Pakistanis being illegally detained to interview them and file a report. Not only did the MOFA fail to follow these directions, it also tried to mislead the court by filing copies of two letters sent to the US embassy in Kabul which pre-date October 20 of the court. Furthermore, the MOFA reply contained misinformation with respect to the status and detention history of the Pakistani detainees, a fact that did not go unnoticed by the counsel for the petitioner.

More importantly the court Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan, was appalled by the response filed by the MOFA and found it shameful that the ministry is making no effort, whatsoever, for the repatriation of Pakistani's detained abroad. Consequently, he directed JPP to file a response to the ministry's report.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2011