Dr. Ayyaz returns home

Dr. Ayyaz Ali Khan, missing in Dubai, has been released by his captors following the HRCP’s urgent appeal

Dr Ayyaz Ali Khan, a noted Pakistani dentist, who was missing in Dubai for a couple of weeks, has been released. Following the HRCP’s Urgent Appeal for his recovery. He arrived in Islamabad on 8th June 2010.


Dr. Ayyaz Ali, Missing in UAE

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan requests your urgent intervention in the following situation

Description of the situation:

HRCP has been informed by Mrs. Shirin Khan about the missing of her husband Dr. Ayyaz Ali, a Pakistani in UAE

Dr. Ayyaz Ali Khan is an eminent scholar and a leading academician of Pakistan with an international repute in the filed of dental and oral health. He is head of the Dental Department, Sheikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore; Associate Dean Faculty of medicine & Dentistry University of the Punjab and Member of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). He received the “ Research Publication Award 2009” by the National Health Research Council for over 96 national and international scientific publications. He has been the National Coordinator for Oral Health, WHO and is a HEC recognized supervisor for M/Phil/PhD. He is a dental scholar who has represented Pakistan on various international forums. He won two FDI Projects (International Dental Federation) in the region and has successfully completed them.

Due to his reputation he was asked to work as an adjunct Principal of Islamic International Dental College which is part of Riphah International University, Islamabad and also to provide the professional expertise for RAK College of Dental Science UAE ( A project of Riphah International University, Islamabad).His sole purpose of accepting this position was to extend and alleviate the name of Pakistan in the International Dental Education System and to get recognition of Pakistan Post graduate in UAE. . It is for this reason that he has been traveling frequently between Pakistan and Ras Al Khaimah, where he lives in an accommodation provided by the RAK College of Dental Science.

Dr. Ayyaz Ali Khan left Pakistan on 31st March 2010 for Ras-ul-Khaymah, UAE routinely to perform his professional duties for RAK College of Dental Sciences and he was in contact (cell phone) with his family till 4th April 2010. After that there has been no contact with the family and later it was revealed by a friend that he is missing since the early hours of 5th April 2010.

Dr. Ayyaz Ali Khan is a law abiding citizen and was not involved in any kind of politics.

Since April 4, 2010 he is missing and his whereabouts are not known.

It is apprehended that Dr. Ayyaz Ali Khan has been taken into custody by UAE agencies.

He has been denied Counselor access.
There is great threat to his life.

Dr. Ayyaz Ali Khan is still detained at “unknown location” and has not been given access to Pakistani Consulate.

According to Dr Khan’s family, the UAE security forces told them that they had no record of his arrest or detention.

HRCP apprehends ‘torture and ill-treatment’ of the arrested person.

“HRCP fears the arrest and detention of the Dr. Ayyaz, in conditions amounting to forced disappearance puts him at a great risk of torture or other ill-treatment

Action requested

Please write to the authorities in Pakistan/UAE urging them:

1. To disclose his whereabouts and the reason for his arrest.
2. To release the detainee immediately if he is not to be charged with a cognizable criminal offense.

3. To allow the family of the detainee to meet him.
4. He should be provided counsel access and medical care if required.

4. To protect him from torture and other ill-treatment while he is in detention.

5. To Pakistani authorities to immediately take up this matter with the government of UAE


We expressed our deep concern on the illegal detention of Dr. Ayyaz Ali Khan, an eminent scholar and a leading academician of Pakistan with an international repute in the field of dental and oral health, kept in illegal detention at UAE since 4 April 2010.

We demand that he is not tortured.
We urge that he is dealt with according to law and provided counselor access
We urge you that if there is no case against him he should be immediately released.
We urge you to provide him all kind of medical facilities.
We demand that his family should be allowed to meet him.

It would be appreciated if you send a copy of your letter to HRCP/Urgent Appeal (Zaman Khan)


1. Mr. Asif Ali Zardari
President of Pakistan
President’s Secretariat
Fax: +92 51 922 1422, 4768/ 920 1893 or 1835
E-mail: (please see: http://www.presiden tofpakistan. gov.pk/WTPreside ntMessage. aspx)

2. Mr. Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani
Prime Minister
Prime Minister House
Fax: +92 51 922 1596
Tel: +92 51 920 6111
E-mail: secretary@cabinet. gov.pk

Mr. Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Minister of Foreign Affair
Government of Pakistan

3. Mr. Rehman Malik
Minister for Interior
R Block Pak Secretariat
Tel: +92 51 9212026
Fax: +92 51 9202624
E-mail: ministry.interior@ gmail.com or interior.complaintc ell@gmail. com

United Arab Emirates

His Excellency Ali Saif Sultan Al-Awani,
The Ambassador of UAE,
Embassy of UAE
Diplomatic Enclave,
Plot No. 122, Sector G-5,
Phone. 92-51-2099999
Fax.. 92-51-2206732

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