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Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Constitution Avenue, Islamabad
Fax: +92 51-9207600
Your Excellency Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi,
I write to you out of extreme concern for the life and safety of Muhammad Idris Khattak, a 56-year-old human rights defender and a former consultant with Amnesty International, who is believed to have been forcibly disappeared by men in plain clothes from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on 13 November.
Mr. Khattak has documented human rights violations faced by people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas. A resident of Shedu village of district Nowshera, Idris Khattak is associated with different political groups.
Enforced disappearances have long been a stain on Pakistan’s human rights record. As of 30 June 2019, Pakistan government’s Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearance has 2,122 cases unresolved. Few punishments are as cruel as enforced disappearances and not knowing the whereabouts and fate of their loved one is a source of immense pain and anguish for Mr. Khattak’s family. There are grave fears that he could be at risk of torture and ill-treatment. He is also diabetic and needs daily medication.
I call upon your government to immediately disclose the whereabouts of Idris Khattak to his family, and either immediately release him or ensure that he is brought promptly before a judge in a civilian court to rule on the lawfulness of his arrest.