Pakistani nationals suffer in Afghan jails

Pakistani nationals suffer in Afghan jails

Peshawar : Pakistan | Sep 19, 2012 at 6:06 AM PDT
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Deported Pakistanis flayed Afghan officials’ misbehavior in jail.

The twelve deported Pakistani citizens were deported by the Afghan border officials on the Torkham border the other day. They expressed harsh disapproval over the mal-treatment of the Afghan jail and other officials during their stay in Afghanistan as well as in jail. They were of the opinion that they had been put in jails for languishing years punishment without any proof against them. “Now we fear to suffer in Landikotal jail”, the prisoners opined. The local administration said the deported persons would be set free after interrogations. APA Landikotal Khalid Mumtaz Kundi remarked on another case that it was not possible to set free some one or convict any suspect in twenty four hours, which is not a violation of the reforms in FCR nor of the civil power regulations.

Talking to media persons after his release from the Landi kotal lock up on Wednesday one deportee Sajid Afghan, 33 resident of Dir said, “in 2007 the Afghan officials arrested me from Kunar, district of Nangarhar province on suspicion of being Pakistan intelligence agent,” while I was there for the business purposes.” They shifted me to different interrogation centers and lastly awarded me ten years imprisonment. I have languished five and half years punishment in the defame Pul-e- Charkhee jail for unknown sin and the other day, they set me free, he lamented. I have been subjected to along with other Pakistanis accomplice in the jail to different physical and mental tortures including electricity shocks, beating, slapping etc., he remarked.

Another deportee, Mohammad Rafiq said hailing from Wahid Gari, Charsada road, narrated his story, “The Afghan security personnel dropped me down from the truck at one of the check posts when I was in Afghanistan as conductor of the loaded vehicle. On pretext of having my father’s service card in my pocket, they put me behind the bars in Kabul state jail for a month, he regretted. Similarly Mohammad Amin of Mardan, Miannoor from Dir lower and Naseer of Gandaw, Mohamand agency recounted the same stories of atrocities done to them by the Afghan officials. The relatives of the effectees expressed annoyance over the inhuman acts of the Afghan officials with Pakistan detainees and asked the government to take up the matter with Afghanistan government to refrain from such atrocities done to Pakistani nationals.

A local person, who was also among the deportees, narrated with tears in his eyes that the Afghan government and security forces have put behind the bars so many Pakistani nationals in various jails of Kabul and Jalal Abad, but the Pakistani embassy officials and foreign ministry are reluctant to take up the issue of the innocent Pakistani prisoners with the Afghan foreign and interior ministries to set them free despite the fact the many prisoners and their relatives have dispatched letters to the embassy in this connection. Some tribal drivers have also been languishing in Jalalabad jail under the baseless, fabricated and concocted cases by the Afghan Narcotics department, but the government of Pakistan is dumb struck to take notice of such cases to take up the matter with Afghan counterparts to set them free, Shamal Khel Afridi observed whose brother is suffering in Jalal Abad jail for the last few years.

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Deported persons in jail in Landikotal
sudhir is based in Peshawar, North West Frontier, Pakistan, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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