Pakistanis at Guantánamo: HRCP urges govt action

guantanamo bayPress Release, February 13

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Lahore: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday called upon the government to intervene on behalf of Pakistani nationals held by US forces at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

In a letter to the federal law minister, HRCP expressed its distress at Islamabad’s failure to ensure its nationals are not detained illegally. The organization asked the government about actions it had taken or intended to take to ensure that the continued incarceration and violations of Pakistani nationals’ human rights ceased immediately.

HRCP also expressed concern at reports of risks to the life and health of Mr. Saifullah Piracha, a heart patient currently detained in Guantánamo.

It urged the government disclose the number of Pakistanis currently detained at Guantánamo and make representations to US authorities on behalf of all Pakistani nationals still detained there to ensure their return to Pakistan.

Iqbal Haider

General Secretary

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