11/21/2019

Urgent Action: Human Rights Defender at Risk of Torture (Pakistan: UA 159.19)


Muhammad Idris Khattak, a Pakistani human rights defender and independent researcher, is feared to have been subjected to enforced disappearance. No one has seen him since the evening of 13 November when he was taken by men in plain clothes on a motorway between Islamabad and Peshawar. His whereabouts and fate remain unknown to his family. Amnesty International fears that Khattak could be at risk of torture, ill-treatment or worse – as suffered by other victims of enforced disappearance in Pakistan. Khattak is also diabetic and needs daily medication.

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Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Foreign Office
Constitution Avenue, Islamabad
Pakistan
+92 51-9210335
Fax: +92 51-9207600
[email protected]
Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan
Embassy of The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
3517 International Ct NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 243 6500 I Fax: 202 686 1534
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PakEmbassyDC
Facebook: @PakistanEmbassyDC
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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.

Yours sincerely,

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