PAKISTAN: The IHRC-HK issues the list of more than 1700 disappeared Pushtuns

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International Human Rights Council
Urgent Action Case -011 -2018
Date: 11 October 2018

PAKISTAN:  IHRC-HK issues the list of more than 1700 disappeared Pashtuns with their details, government must recover all of them

ISSUES: Human rights defenders, enforced disappearances, extra judicial killings, torture, coercion, intimidation and no rule of law

The International Human Rights Council-Hong Kong (IHRC-HK) received a comprehensive list of missing persons from Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA), bordering Afghanistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, (KPK province) who were arrested and disappeared by the law enforcement agencies for being terrorists or abettors of terrorists. The list also includes the numbers of children with their names and ages. The ages of the children range between three months to 16 years. This list contains the details of the disappeared persons with their names, house addresses, national identity card numbers, date of disappearance and which law enforcement agencies (LEA) have picked them and from where.

DETAILS OF THE APPEAL:

The lists were received from Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) which  has compiled a list of Pashtuns that were picked up allegedly by the intelligence agencies or Frontier Corp of the army. The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) a strong mass movement of Pushtun nation against the enforced disappearances, extra judicial killings and custodial torture perpetuated by the law enforcement agencies including Pakistan military

The lists can be viewed here and here

This is the first list, however, the PTM and institut.de.khyber, France, have received 8500 names and details including their national identity cards which are under process for double check. The disappeared persons were picked up by the Pakistan army its intelligence agencies and other law enforcement agencies.  As the lists are completed IHRC and PTM will release them.

According to the list most of these disappeared belong to Swat and Bajur areas of Federally Administered Tribal Agency (FATA). The list enumerates at least 2000 men that have gone missing without a trace since 2008.

The list has names and addresses with their parents details of 34 children whose ages ranges between three months to 16 years, it is said that most of them were with their parents while they were whisked away by LEA or died during the military bombardments including drown attacks. However, the government has still not clarified about their whereabouts.

The military is conducting operations in the different parts of the KPK including tribal agencies since 9/11, during which F16 and other fighter jets were used for blind aerial bombardments. On many occasions the different chief of army staff authorized indiscriminate aerial bombardment to express that many hide outs of the terrorists were destroyed. However, government or military itself have never allowed media to enter in to the conflict zones or affected areas. The military had never given any media briefing or invited journalists to visit the areas. Those journalists who tried to do their professional duties were harshly dealt. Since military operation has begun, about eight journalists were killed and still no investigation was allowed by the military.

 Time and again the Pashtun have suffered prejudice and bias at the hands of the state that refuses to treat the Pashtun on the same footing as the rest of their citizen, a clear and blatant violation of article  25  Of the constitution that provides for equality of all citizenry

Racial profiling is another facet to the prejudice whereby thousands of Pashtuns are barred from acquiring CNIC and are viewed as potential threat to the general populace. Following the suicide attack outside Punjab assembly in 2017 a notification was circulated by the Punjab government asking public to keep an eye on  and report any suspicious Pashtun or are from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and to report any suspicious activity by them.

The Administrative officials in some Punjab districts issued informal orders asking the population to keep an eye on suspicious individuals who look like Pashtuns or are from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and to report any suspicious activity by them. The state suspicion doesn’t end there later last year there were credible press reports stating that the Punjab police is keeping thousands of FATA Pashtuns under surveillance and is considering the issuance of special identification cards equipped with security chips in Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal and Jehlum.

There is an urgent need to bring Pashtun into political , social and economic mainstream the government must live up to its promise of providing jobs and financial security to the ethnic it’s high time that the state step up  to plate. Merging FATA with Khyber Pashtun Khuwa province is not enough, the Pashtun need the respect and honor they deserve. Suspecting them of aiding, abetting or indulging in militancy or subverting the freedom and sovereignty of Pakistan is a deplorable move given the fact that the Pashtun fought for the freedom of the country and have been instrumental in fighting the Taliban militancy.

SUGGESTED ACTION:

Please click the button to send the Urgent Appeal to the authorities mentioned below, calling them to assure the safe recovery of disappeared Pushtuns who were arrested or taken in custody by the law enforcement authorities including the Pakistan Army. Please urge them to act immediately on the lists of disappeared persons and release all of them. The government must stop the military operation from FATA and all parts of the KPK province. The government must also withdraw military from the province which is involved in the crimes against the local population including extortion, burning of the crops and destruction of houses on mere information that terrorists are present in the vicinity.

Please also appeal to UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (UN WGEID) to intervene in to the matter and pursue the government of Pakistan to enquire about the enforced disappearances of the attached list.

SAMPLE LETTER:

PAKISTAN: The IHRC-HK issues the list of more than 1700 disappeared Pushtuns with their details, government must recover all of them

 Names of the victims:

Attached lists of 1740 persons who were disappeared by the army including children

Names of the perpetrators:

The Pakistan military and other law enforcement agencies

 I am deeply concerned to receive a comprehensive list of missing persons from Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA), bordering Afghanistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, (KPK province) who were arrested and disappeared by the law enforcement agencies for being terrorists or abettors of terrorists. The list also includes the numbers of children with their names and ages. The ages of the children range from three months to 16 years. This list contains the details of the disappeared persons with their names, house addresses, national identity card numbers, date of disappearance and which law enforcement agencies (LEA) have picked them and from where.

The lists were provided by the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) a strong mass movement of Pushtun nation against the enforced disappearances, extra judicial killings and custodial torture perpetuated by the law enforcement agencies including Pakistan military.

This is the first list, however, the PTM and institut de recherche et d'etudes strategiques de Khyber (IRESK), a Paris based organisation, have received 8500 names and details including their national identity cards which are under process for double check. As the lists are completed IHRC and PTM will release them.

According to the detail information, the lists were received from Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) which has compiled a list of Pashtuns that were picked up allegedly by the intelligence agencies or Frontier Corp of the army.

This is the first list, however, the PTM and Institut de Recherche et d'etudes Strategiques de Khyber (IRESK) a Paris based organisation, , have received 8500 names and details including their national identity cards which are under process for double check. The disappeared persons were picked up by the Pakistan army its intelligence agencies and other law enforcement agencies.  As the lists are completed IHRC and PTM will release them.

According to the list most of these disappeared belong to Swat and Bajur areas of Federally Administered Tribal Agency (FATA). The list enumerates at least 2000 men that have gone missing without a trace since 2008.

The list has names and addresses with their parents details of 34 children whose ages ranges between three months to 16 years, it is said that most of them were with their parents while they were whisked away by LEA or died during the military bombardments including drown attacks. However, the government has still not clarified about their whereabouts.

I am appalled to know that the military is conducting operations in the different parts of the KPK including tribal agencies since 9/11, during which F16 and other fighter jets were used for blind aerial bombardments. On many occasions the different chief of army staff authorized indiscriminate aerial bombardment to express that many hide outs of the terrorists were destroyed. However, government or military itself have never allowed media to enter in to the conflict zones or affected areas. The military had never given any media briefing or invited journalists to visit the areas. Those journalists who tried to do their professional duties were harshly dealt. Since military operation has begun, about eight journalists were killed and still no investigation was allowed by the military.

 It is saddening for me that time and again the Pashtun have suffered prejudice and bias at the hands of the state that refuses to treat the Pashtun on the same footing as the rest of their citizen, a clear and blatant violation of article  25  Of the constitution that provides for equality of all citizenry

Unfortunately, racial profiling is another facet to the prejudice whereby thousands of Pashtuns are barred from acquiring CNIC and are viewed as potential threat to the general populace. Following the suicide attack outside Punjab assembly in 2017 a notification was circulated by the Punjab government asking public to keep an eye on and report any suspicious Pashtun or are from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and to report any suspicious activity by them.

I was shocked to know that the Administrative officials in some Punjab districts issued informal orders asking the population to keep an eye on suspicious individuals who look like Pashtuns or are from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and to report any suspicious activity by them. The state suspicion doesn’t end there later last year there were credible press reports stating that the Punjab police is keeping thousands of FATA Pashtuns under surveillance and is considering the issuance of special identification cards equipped with security chips in Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal and Jehlum.

There is an urgent need to bring Pashtun into political , social and economic mainstream the government must live up to its promise of providing jobs and financial security to the ethnic it’s high time that the state step up  to plate. Merging FATA with Khyber Pashtun Khuwa province is not enough, the Pashtun need the respect and honor they deserve. Suspecting them of aiding, abetting or indulging in militancy or subverting the freedom and sovereignty of Pakistan is a deplorable move given the fact that the Pashtun fought for the freedom of the country and have been instrumental in fighting the Taliban militancy.

 Please send the Appeals to following addresses


1.Mr. Imran Khan
Prime Minister of Pakistan
Prime Minister House
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 51 922 1596
Telephone: +92 51 920 6111,
E-mail: secretary@cabinet.gov.pk, pspm@pmsectt.gov.pk

 2.Chief Minister KPK

Chief Minister Secretariat,
Shahibzada Abdul Qayum Road, Peshawar
Telephone: 091-9222460-464
Fax 091-9212237 
Email: complaints@crckp.gov.pk 

3. Federal Minister for Interior
Ministry of Interior of Pakistan
R Block, Pak Secretariat
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Telephone: +92 51 9212026
Fax: +92 51 9202624
Email: interior.complaintcell@gmail.com, ministry.interior@gmail.com

4. Ms. Shireen Mazari
Federal Minister for Human Rights
Ministry of Human Rights
State Life Building No. 5, Blue Area,
Jinnah Avenue, China Chowk, Islamabad
Fax: +92 51 9204108
Email: contact@molaw.gov.pk

 5.Mr. Bernard Duhaime
Chair-Rapporteur
Working Group on Enforced and Involutary Disappearances
Office of theUnited Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 
Plaid des Nations, CH.1211 
Geneva 10, Switzerland
Fax number: +41 229179286
Email: wgeid@ohchr.org

6.Mr. Saqib Nisar,

Chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court of Pakistan

through registrar of Supreme court
Constitution Avenue, Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 51 9213452
Email: mail@supremecourt.gov.pk

7.Ms. Anis Haroon
Member, National Commission for Human Rights, Government of Pakistan
State Life Building No. 3, Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed Road, Karachi, Pakistan
Phone No. +92 21 99201638
Fax: +92 21 99201641
Email: anisharoon4@gmail.com

Thank you

 



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