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My brother, Norwegian citizen Ehsan Arjemandi, was abducted from a bus at Zero Point, Balochistan, on August 7, 2009. He has not been heard from or seen in public since then. The Pakistani intelligence service, the ISI, is believed to be responsible for the abduction.

In July 2010, journalist Atta Ansari of Norway's NRK reported that Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik acknowledged Ehsan was in Pakistan's custody:

http://www.norwaypost.no/news/missing-person-found-in-pakistan.html

http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/verden/1.7223592

The Norwegian government has been unable to locate and secure the release of Ehsan. Friends and family, therefore, now appeal to President Obama to intervene with U.S. ally Pakistan to help save Ehsan's life. Eshan should be produced in a court of law and allowed to defend himself against any charges (as should all Baloch and Pakistani citizens who have been extra-judicially disappeared).

Letter to
President of the United States President Barack Obama
U.S. Ambassador to Norway Ambassador Barry B. White
Pakistan Interior Minister Interior Minister Rehman Malik
and 4 others
Pakistan Chief of Army Staff, former Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
I just signed the following petition addressed to: President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

We urge you to appeal to Pakistani General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Interior Minister Rehman Malik to produce abducted Norwegian citizen Ehsan Arjemandi in a court of law.

Attempts by the Norwegian government to locate and secure the release Ehsan have failed.

Ehsan Arjemandi was abducted from a bus at Zero Point, Balochistan, on August 7, 2009. He has not been heard from or seen in public since then. The Pakistani intelligence service, the ISI, is believed to be responsible for the abduction.

In July 2010, journalist Atta Ansari of Norway's NRK reported that Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik acknowledged Ehsan was in Pakistan's custody:

http://www.norwaypost.no/news/missing-person-found-in-pakistan.html

http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/verden/1.7223592

Eshan should be made aware of any charges against him, produced in a court of law and allowed to defend himself against those charges (as should all Baloch and Pakistani citizens who have been extra-judicially disappeared).

All persons who have tried to locate and intervene on behalf of Ehsan--family, friends and Ehsan's human rights lawyer, Randi Spydevold--have encountered a wall of silence from Pakistani authorities.

Pakistan is an ally on the U.S. War on Terror. Pakistan's military receives U.S. taxpayer funding. Countless Baloch citizens are alleged to have been extra-judicially abducted and killed by Pakistan's security and intelligence agencies. Below is information related to Ehsan's case, as well as the cases of other Baloch.

We urge you and the U.S. Congress to act. Help prevent Ehsan Arjemandi and other Baloch from becoming statistics in the database of extra-judicially killed Baloch citizens (http://www.bygwaah.com/modules/bygwaah/) in Pakistan.

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Additional information regarding Ehsan's case:

Personal appeals by Mohammad Arjemandi, Ehsan's brother, to President Obama and U.S. Ambassador to Norway, Barry White: http://www.crisisbalochistan.com/secondary_menu/human-rights/an-appeal-for-the-safe-return-of-my-brother.html

Norwegian NRK news report: Missing Norwegian is alive in Pakistan: http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/verden/1.7223592

Past appeals: http://thebaluch.com/100409_appeal.php

Asian Human Rights Commission report: http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-036-2010

Interview with Ehsan's human rights attorney Randi Spydevold: http://www.crisisbalochistan.com/secondary_menu/human-rights/norway-lawyer-urges-world-community-to-bring-m.i.-and-i.s.i.-to-justice.html

Open letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: http://thebaluch.com/042010_appeal.php

Human Rights Watch report on the 'disappearing' of opponents in Balochistan by Pakistan's security forces: http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/07/28/pakistan-security-forces-disappear-opponents-balochistan

Asian Human Rights Commission report on the killings in Balochistan: http://www.bygwaah.com/modules/xnews/article.php?storyid=136


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Sincerely,