Rabi' al-Thani 19, 1426/May 28, 2005 #41
to important document on specific torture of two Pakistani
Americans by Musharraf's military under FBI supervision.
More than 3,000 people have reportedly been tortured by the
Musharraf regime to help the U.S.]
News [2 items]
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234
from Virginia Innocent Masaud Khan's Mother
[The U.S. claimed that Pakistani-American Masaud Khan was connected
to "terrorism" and sentenced him to 90 years in prison [with no evidence].
This absurd sentence against a man who has NEVER done anything against
the U.S. has to be challenged. [Frmr. Atty Gen.] Ashcroft had to
prove that he had actually broken up a "terrorist network" and got
hold of innocent people like Masaud, Hammad and others. Recently
Masaud was moved to solitary confinement. The following is a letter
of complaint from his mother.]
My son has been held in solitary confinement in a prison in Virginia
since April 4th, 2005. He gets to leave his tiny cell for less than
one hour every day. He is allowed very little communication with me.
Visits are scheduled on Tuesdays at 2:30. I am amazed that this is
happening to a United States citizen.
Masaud was scheduled to testify in another person's trial, which was
the ostensible reason for his current placement, but that trial is over.
He is in prison for "conspiracy," but the verdict is on appeal, as it is
for his two co-defendants who also pled innocent to all charges. Those
two men were both honorably discharged U.S. veterans and, like Masaud,
they were well-adjusted family men, living peaceably in their Virginia
and Maryland neighborhoods. Learn more about the plight of Masaud and
his two "paintball conspiracy" co-defendants by visiting
and the links therein. The "great evil" here is not my son or
some vague "conspiracy"
-- it is ignorance.
Nobody's freedom in America is secure while my son is treated like this.
after the terrorist attacks of
Masaud feared an irrational backlash against his family and his
religious community. That fear was, unfortunately, well founded.
I hope that someday we will look back on this period as we do on
the years of Joe McCarthy's paranoid reign. I hope that
day comes soon, and we will once again enjoy freedom from fear.
- Elizabeth Adams Khan
IMAM JAMIL AL-AMIN,
[former H. Rap Brown] in his interview from prison [on CD] quotes a
of the Prophet, pbuh, that "you are of the people you imitate." He warns
African-Americans not to dress, behave and think like the oppressors.
He says, it's a sign of MENTAL SLAVERY that our young Black people
are drawn into the program set for them by the oppressors:
entertainment, sports and fashion. Listen to the Imam, dear people.
Here is a leader who can liberate us and is willing to sacrifice
himself to lead us to freedom.
THINKING OUTSIDE the BOX:
as it was practised by Muhammad [peace be on him] and by Abu Bakr,
'Ayesha, 'Umar, Umm Salama, Uthman, Umm Waraqa, Ali, Fatima
[Allah be pleased with them all] was qualitatively and often
essentially different from what Muslims call "Islam" nowadays.
The TRIPLE CURTAIN of KINGSHIP, SLAVERY and the SUBJUGATION of
hid that light. By the grace of Allah, the
and the authentic
were saved and transmitted successfully by the scholars of Islam.
Gradually, the new generations are going back to seek the original
teachings and to UNDERSTAND them as the PROPHET [pbuh] and the
Sahaba understood them.
For this understanding to emerge, the TRIPLE CURTAIN and its
mental effects have to be removed. Ibn Taymiyya, Usman Dan Fodio,
Allama Iqbal, Syed Qutb, Maulana Maudoodi, Imam Khomeini,
Dr. Omar 'Abdel Rahman
have shown the way. Like the
bird symbol, we should look back for the source of Guidance but
move forward towards our destination, which is acceptance by Allah.
Photographs of Jewish Graffiti from El Khalil ["Hebron"]
by Nadrat Siddique
Howard University, UMBC playing along with
web master has posted photos of Jewish graffiti. Please visit
www.newtrendmag.org [Go to PICTURES.]
Here is a rare opportunity to see Jewish expression in the words of the
themselves. The following comment by Sis. Nadrat points to the
public relationing work the Israelis are doing in U.S. universities
to camouflage their religion of hate.]
The photographs of El Khalil offer rare insight. This is a side of
which many people don't realize. Take for example University of Maryland.
Hillel is extremely active here, and takes a large number of students
each year to Israel (all expenses paid). Some them are genuinely
naive and duped--they think it's like a nice field trip. They
don't realize they will be going to a graveyard of dead
children, and perhaps living in cute little kibbutz built on top
of bulldozed Palestinian homes.
Another example is D.C.'s Howard University--perhaps the most
prestigious Black college on the Eastern seabord. It has one of
the largest and most well-funded "Israel Abroad" (exchange program).
Imagine Black students, whose parents and grandparents fought U.S.
apartheid, studying under Israeli Apartheid; and the sons and daughters
of racist Israeli settlers sitting in the esteemed halls of Howard U.
What irony. Howard Students are generally pretty aware, as evidenced
by their critical questioning of John Kerry on the reparations
issue when he appeared there.
So my impression is that such an exchange program survives only due
to heavy funding and because it is pushed by a university
administration which is not at all representative of the students.
The students, when they are made aware of the issues, are generally
BLAIR'S NIGHTMARE: Galloway
Hardly ever does one get to hear a western politician who is
not controlled by the power structure. British MP Galloway hit
back hard at his American interlocutors who wanted to smear him
with the "oil-for-food" scandal. He got back at Senators Norm
Coleman and Levine and pointed to their Zionist connections. He
had the courage to talk about the slow death of ONE MILLION
children as a result of U.S.-U.N. sanctions.
[U.S. TV channels simply censored 99% of his expression.
Fortunately C-Span presented the uncut presentation.]
The tragedy of British democracy is that the Zionists planted
their man, Blair, as the leader of the Labour Party which gets
most of the Muslim and immigrant vote. Thus the British learned
the weakness of democracy: even 80% opposition could not stop
British participation in the war.
Entire Muslim World Protests
Takes the Lead: "Hand Over Perpetrators for Trial":
[From our Pakistani observers and reps.]
Burqa Clad Women Come out in Peshawar, Lahore.
"We will sacrifice ourselves for the Qur'an" Millions Chant
May 27, 2005 was a historic day in Pakistan. At the call of the
Islamic coalition, MMA, protests, rallies and demonstrations
against the U.S.' desecration of the Qur'an and Musharraf's
alliance with Bush were held in EVERY city and town. Here are
a few highlights:
Pakistan's Urdu language newspapersare reporting demonstrations
against the U.S. in EVERY Pakistani city. Some of the cities from
which reports are available are: Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi,
Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Quetta, Peshawar, Dera Ismail Khan,
Jhelum, Gujjar Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rahim Yar Khan, Nawabshah,
Mardan, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Balakot.
In Lahore, khutbas were given in 4,000 mosques to condemn the U.S.
for its desecration of the Qur'an.
Addressing a huge rally in ISLAMABAD, leader of the peaceful
Jamaate Islami, Qazi Hussain Ahmad urged the Muslims to unite
on the Qur'an and the Sunnah. He declared that America's
collaborator General Musharraf has committed breach of trust,
has violated the Constitution and has broken the law in alliance
with the power which has desecrated the Qur'an.
At the same rally, Hafiz Saeed, leader of the armed
movement, Jamaat ad-Da'wa, urged that after the desecration, it
is time to kick the U.S. ambassador out of Pakistan.
In Peshwar, ultra conservative Pathan city, in an unusual gesture,
LARGE NUMBERS OF BURQA CLAD WOMEN came out to demonstrate against
the U.S. Large numbers of women protested in several cities, the
biggest number in Lahore.
Jamaate Islami's women's wing in Lahore focused on the
insensitivity of the U.S. that although the desecration
has hurt every Muslim, not one perpetrator has been punished
and now America is saying it never happened!
Every School of Islamic Thought was represented in the protests.
In the mass rally in Lahore, the usually sedate Muhammad Rafiq Tarar,
from Tablighi Jamaat, former President of Pakistan, led the crowd
in this chant: 'Amrika ka jo yar hay/Qur'an ka ghaddar hay.'
['The one who is America's buddy is a traitor to the Qur'an.]
In KARACHI, tens of thousands demonstrated against the U.S. in spite of the intense heat and humidity. Outstanding among the speakers from every major group was Jamaate Islami's top leader and firebrand Syed Munawwar Hasan. He condemned General Musharraf for greeting and meeting U.S. Deputy Secretary Christina Rocca on the very day when the nation was in the streets condemning U.S. terrorism against the Book of Allah.
Br. Hasan called on the westernized Pakistani elites to join the nation in its great sorrow over Guantanamo Bay's horrors. He reminded Asma Jehangir, who wanted a marathon race for women, that she should have been in the dusty streets with Muslim women who came out to protest the U.S. attack on the Qur'an.
URGE MUSLIM RULERS TO STOP COOPERATING with U.S. and DEMAND
Perpetrators be HANDED OVER
In Azad [Free] Kashmir, linked to Pakistan, protest rallies were
held on May 27 in Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Bagh, Dhirkot, Chinari
and other towns.
They demanded that America hand over those who committed
atrocities in Guantanamo, including those who desecrated the Qur'an.
They urged General Musharraf and other rulers to end their
cooperation with America. It's a shame, they said, that all
the rulers are silent.
The speakers called for a boycott of American goods.
BOMB EXPLOSION in Islamabad: Was that Musharraf's Move?
The day of the Qur'an rallies, a bomb exploded at a Shi'a shrine
in Islamabad. Nineteen people were reported killed and 65 injured.
Pakistanis suspect that the outrage was committed by the regime
of General Musharraf. The timing of the attack and then
General Musharraf's attempt to make it the center of his regime's
outreach on the day of the Qur'an rallies indicate that it was a
well planned act.
During his speech at the major rally in Islamabad [see above],
Jamaate Islami leader Qazi Hussain Ahmad, declared that the bomb
attack was a vicious criminal act meant to divide the Muslims.
In Karachi, during the mass Qur'an rally [see above], well-respected
Shi'a leader Allama Hasan Turabi openly blamed the government
for involvement in the bomb attack to divide the Muslims.
[Shia scholars participated and spoke along with other Muslims
in Pakistani cities to condemn U.S. desecration of the Qur'an.]
[New Trend analysts say that many Pakistanis, influenced by
Islamic reform movements, are against shrines and graves where
saints are worshipped. Such activities, they say, are deviations
from the teachings of Islam. However, no Sunni leader in any
group has advocated violence against such places. The Jihad movement,
which is strictly Ahle Hadith, has outright condemned such violence.]
[US Orders, Musharraf Tortures:
Human Rights Watch
[Held for 8 months without evidence in dark room]
Pakistan: US Citizens Tortured, Held Illegally
Tuesday 24 May 2005
FBI participated in interrogations despite apparent knowledge of torture,
U.S. FBI agents operating in Pakistan repeatedly interrogated
and threatened two U.S. citizens of Pakistani origin who were
unlawfully detained and subjected to torture by the Pakistani
security services, Human Rights Watch said today.
The brothers Zain Afzal and Kashan Afzal were
abducted from their home in Karachi at about 2 a.m. on August 13, 2004.
They were released on April 22, 2005 without having been charged.
During eight months of illegal detention, Zain Afzal and Kashan Afzal
were routinely tortured by Pakistani authorities to extract
confessions of involvement in terrorist activities. During this
period, FBI agents questioned the brothers on at least six occasions.
The FBI agents did not intervene to end the torture, insist that
the Pakistani government comply with a court order to produce the
men in court, or provide consular facilities normally offered to
detained U.S. citizens. Instead, they threatened the men with
being sent to the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay if
they did not confess to involvement in terrorism.
Human Rights Watch's information is based on extensive and
separate interviews with the two brothers since their release
and other sources. "It is outrageous that Pakistan abducts people
from their homes in the middle of the night and tortures them in
secret prisons to extract confessions, all the while ignoring
court orders to produce their victims in court," said Brad Adams,
Asia director of Human Rights Watch. "The United States should
be condemning this, but instead it either directed this activity
or turned a blind eye in the hopes of gaining information in the
war on terror."
Human Rights Watch pointed out that Pakistan has a long and
well-documented history of "disappearances," illegal and arbitrary
arrests, and torture of individuals in government custody. According
to the 2004 State Department human rights country report on Pakistan:
Police and security forces held prisoners incommunicado and refused
to provide information on their whereabouts, particularly in terrorism
and national security cases ... Security force personnel continued
to torture persons in custody throughout the country. Human rights
organizations reported that methods used included beating; burning
with cigarettes; whipping the soles of the feet; prolonged
isolation; electric shock; denial of food or sleep; hanging
upside down; and forced spreading of the legs with bar fetters.
Officials from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)
estimated 5,000 cases of police torture annually...
Prison conditions were extremely poor, except those for wealthy
or influential prisoners. ... Shackling of prisoners was routine.
The shackles used were tight, heavy, and painful, and reportedly
led to gangrene and amputation in several cases.
"Pakistan's dreadful record on illegal detentions and torture,
well-known to the United States, should have acted as a stop sign
for the FBI," said Adams. "Instead, the FBI aided and abetted
the illegal actions of the Pakistani security services by
participating in the interrogations."
While the brothers were being detained, their mother and Zain Afzal's
wife attempted to lodge an abduction case with the local police.
The police refused to register the case, informing them that "this
was a matter involving the intelligence agencies." The police
finally registered the case on November 15, 2004, on the orders
of the Sindh High Court. During habeas corpus hearings, filed by
their mother, Pakistani authorities denied holding the two men.
Zain Afzal's wife made frequent public pleas for the brothers'
release and approachedthe U.S. embassy, but received no help.
Nida Afzal, the
sister of the two men, informed Human Rights Watch that she was
telephoned by an FBI agent in late October, 2004. She alleged that
the agent "categorically stated" that "they [Zain Afzal and Kashan Afzal]
are in our custody." Later that day, two FBI agents came to see
Nida Afzal at her home. The agents questioned her about her brothers'
One of the agents identified herself as Betsy A. Pryer and left
a card. According to Nida Afzal, "They identified themselves and
verified our identity. Though I pointed out that they had stated
on the phone that my brothers were in their custody and asked
repeatedly where my brothers were, the agents then refused to
accept that they were in the FBI's custody."
The 2004 State Department human rights report makes clear that
embassies in Pakistan can meet with their nationals in custody:
"Foreign diplomats may meet with prisoners when they appear in
court and may meet with citizens of their countries in prison visits."
Yet no such visits took place until Human Rights Watch intervened
seven months after the brothers were abducted.
When queried about the status of the brothers and the role of the
FBI, the U.S. Consul in Karachi in March replied: "We are aware of
the reports indicating two American citizens are missing, or
'disappeared' in Pakistan, and we are looking into them. Due to
Privacy Act considerations, we are unable to provide additional
information on these two individuals. The safety and security
of Americans overseas is of paramount importance to us, and we
continue to work both here and abroad to provide all possible
assistance to our citizens. I refer you to the FBI for any
information on their involvement."
"While U.S. officials say the safety and security of Americans
overseas is paramount, the U.S. government didn't lift a finger
to help the Afzal brothers until their cases were reported in
the international press," said Adams. "The U.S. knew exactly
where the brothers were all along, while their family was scared
stiff, not knowing whether they were dead or alive. This is
profoundly wrong and should send a chill up the spine of every
U.S. citizen living overseas."
The August 13 arrest was the second time Zain Afzal was abducted
by Pakistani intelligence agents. On May 5, 2004, he was taken
away from the same house in Karachi and released the following
day. On that occasion Zain Afzal was tortured, returning home with
a burst eardrum and severe lacerations on his back. He was unable
to walk after being tortured in custody, and needed an operation
on his ear. Medical reports corroborate these claims. Zain Afzal
said he was questioned about a trip to Afghanistan, about his feelings
toward the U.S.-led
"war against terrorism,"
and about suspected links to Islamist organizations.
Kashan Afzal and Zain Afzal were abducted between midnight and 2 a.m.
on August 13, 2004, in a raid that involved at least 30 armed
Pakistani intelligence agents. The agents broke through the
concrete exterior wall and then broke into the house. No attempt
was made to enter with consent and there were no arrest or search
Neighbors came out of their homes to see what was happening, but
were ordered to go back inside. Witnesses identified the abductors
as government agents, based on the vehicles they drove and the
manner of the operation.
The intelligence agents, in plainclothes, held the Afzal family at
gunpoint for an hour, threatening to kill them while they searched
the house. They specifically demanded to see the U.S. passports and
all other U.S. government-issued identity papers held by the brothers.
Once the papers were located, they handcuffed and hooded the brothers,
and then left with the brothers in their custody in a convoy of jeeps
and vans typically used by Pakistan's intelligence agencies and
police. Before they left, they locked the ailing mother of the two
men in a bedroom. According to Zain Afzal:
They said they had come from the "agencies" and that this was a
"raid." They tied my hands, entered the house and handcuffed my
brother. They also broke things in the house. They asked for all
our U.S identity papers--passports, social security number,
driver's licenses and so on.
For this purpose, they untied our hands so we could fetch them.
They also took a licensed gun from our home. We kept asking what
was going on but we got no answer. When my mother asked they said
we would be back in a day or so."
Then they blindfolded us and put us in what looked like a police
vehicle. All this time they had been in radio contact with others
outside or elsewhere. We drove for about an hour and a half and they
took us to some location. When we were inside the building and our
blindfolds were removed. We were in a large office room and there
were about five Pakistani military-type men there. They said
nothing about whom they were other than that they belonged to
"sensitive" agencies and started beatings us with whips and rods.
During this time they kept asking us what our connections with
Jihadis were. I told them that this was a repeat of what had happened
in May and I had told their people everything and they had let me go.
They kept saying "You have links with Al-Qaeda ... tell us about that"
... and I kept repeating my life history. Though we answered
everything, they still kept beating us.
We were taken to small "cell-type" rooms. They kept telling us we would
be released soon. In the rooms, they kept us shackled but removed the
handcuffs. My brother and I were in separate cells. I did not see my
brother for three months after this. During these three months, they
only gave us daal [lentils] and roti [bread] to eat. I would ask them
where my brother was and they would say he was fine and in the same
place but I never saw him. They would escort us to the bathroom. I
saw a guard at the main gate in an army uniform. Otherwise we never
saw anyone in uniform. We never went outdoors. We could not tell
the difference between night and day. The cells had no windows
and no fans. It was like a grave-totally closed.
During this time, they took our clothes and gave us what looked
like prison uniforms. I would be beaten regularly during this
time and when I was ill with fever, they refused to give me any
medicine. There were other prisoners there but I could not talk
to them, but I heard people call for water. Occasionally, they
would say "you will go to Cuba" or "we will hand you over to the
FBI." Often I would be beaten for asking for water or food or medicine.
The brothers told Human Rights Watch that approximately three months
into their detention their captors returned their clothes and told
them that they would be going home soon. According to Zain Afzal:
They blindfolded me (and other people) and bundled us in a car. I
realized my brother was also in the car as I recognized his voice.
In the car, they made normal conversation with us,"You must be happy
to be going home," and so on. About 30 minutes later, we arrived at
some airport. We knew that as we could hear planes. They made us
climb the metal steps into a small plane. I knew the plane was
small because we had to bend when we entered--a Fokker perhaps.
My brother and I both began to get worried.
They said "You thought we were joking! You are going to Cuba" We
were shackled, handcuffed and blindfolded for the duration of the
flight. One hour and a half, maybe two hours. When the plane landed,
we realized we were not in Cuba. But either in Pakistan or
Afghanistan maybe. The drive from the airport was about 30 minutes.
Once we left the car, I was separated from my brother again. We were
taken somewhere where we went downstairs to similar underground
cells. I asked where we were but the guards said they did not know.
I realized after a while that we were in Pakistan and that my
brother must be close by. The guards all spoke Urdu.
Another week to 10 days passed. During this time, the shackles
were removed. We knew it was Ramadan and we were fasting. Maybe
two weeks later, I was blindfolded and taken into another room.
When my blindfold was removed I saw a Pakistani army man in plain
clothes and two white men who flashed FBI badges and said that they
had come from the U.S to investigate me. They asked me my life history
all over again. I told them everything. Then they showed me
photographs and told me that the pictures were of al-Qaeda members.
"Do you know them?" they asked. I saw the photos and told them I
recognized no one, knew nothing. ... The FBI officer said "We have
been told you and your brother have al-Qaeda links." The FBI
officers seemed to be in their 30's. This interrogation went on
for 3-4 hours. During this time I told them everything about myself
all over again. After that I was blindfolded and taken back into
my cell. I knew nothing about my brother's whereabouts at this time.
I told the FBI that I was illegally detained and had been tortured.
They said they would try to help but that all decisions were to be
taken by Pakistani authorities and Pakistan was beyond their jurisdiction.
About 7-10 days later, the same FBI officers and Pakistan Army
officer showed me new pictures and asked if I knew these people.
They again asked me about links to Al-Qaeda. ... I asked them that
they had already held me and my brother for five months and how
much longer did they intend to hold us? I told them I had never
been involved in a criminal act. If you have any proof, then show
it to me. Or at least tell me how long this will take. I asked to
be presented in court and to be given a lawyer. The FBI agents did
not respond to the request for a lawyer or my demand to be presented
in court and charged. They did tell me that "we annot say what your
crime is and how long you will be held. But you are a terrorist and
you could be taken to Cuba."
The next day my brother joined me in my cell. My brother and I told
each other what had been happening to us. He told me that the same
things had been happening to him. We saw other prisoners including
women and children. Once when we were being walked across to an
interrogation, my blindfold was not tied properly and I saw many cars
in a car park with Lahore number plates. I began to suspect we were in
Lahore. We felt helpless and defenseless. We were treated worse than
animals. But during this period, we were not beaten. We had regular
interrogations, sometimes just with Pakistani military officers.
Maybe in January or February, we were interrogated by the FBI again,
after about a gap of a month and a half. This time there were
different officers--two men and a woman who again showed us their
badges. They asked the same questions all over again and I gave the
same answers all over again. This also lasted about 90 minutes or so.
By this time, it seemed we would remain imprisoned for the rest of our
lives. They never even asked us different questions ... the same
questions every time. My brother had become very ill with
tuberculosis. They called a doctor to see him who came in a Pakistan
army uniform. He prescribed medication. Periodically we would be told
that we were being sent to Cuba. Both the FBI and the Pakistan Army
kept forcing us to admit our "guilt," to admit we were al-Qaeda
members and that we were planning attacks in Pakistan and in the U.S.
They just wanted an admission.
Zain Afzal recounted that in another session with the FBI:
I asked them that they had already held me and my brother for five months
and how much longer did they intend to hold us? I told them I had never
been involved in a criminal act. If you have any proof, then show it to
me. Or at least tell me how long this will take. I asked to be presented
in court and to be given a lawyer. The FBI agents did not respond to the
request for a lawyer or my demand to be presented in court and charged.
They did tell me that, 'We cannot say what your crime is and how long you
will be held. But you are a terrorist and you could be taken to Cuba.'"
A few weeks before his release, Zain Afzal says he told his captors:
If you think we are guilty of a crime please charge us in court
or release us. I pointed out that my brother was very ill. They
said "we are the court."
The brothers claim they were released with one final threat:
Our last interrogation took place about 10 days before our release and
for the first time my brother and I were called together. They said
"Your case is almost over" and "You will be released soon. ... But
we will only release you on condition that you will never speak to
the press or media or speak against us. Your well-being lies in
silence otherwise you and your family will be in big trouble." Then
they made us write a statement that said that we had not been held
by any government or semi-government agency and were writing this
statement of our own free will. A week later, we were given clothes,
blindfolded and taken to Lahore Airport where the blindfolds were
removed. We were handed two PIA [Pakistan International Airlines]
tickets to Karachi that were not in our names. We asked for our
American passports and other ID and were told that our stuff would be
delivered to us in Karachi. This happened on April 22. So we returned
home. The second or third day after our return, the "agencies" called
us and reminded us of our "commitment." I asked for our passports
again and was told they would reach us soon. We have not received
our passports and though we have also requested the U.S. Consulate
in Karachi to reissue the passports, we have had no response.
Human Rights Watch called on the Pakistani authorities to return the
U.S. passports and other personal material confiscated from the
brothers when they were illegally detained. The United States embassy
should issue new passports immediately upon request if the passports
are not promptly returned.
Human Rights Watch urged the Pakistani government to take immediate
steps to end its practice of illegal arrest and detention of persons
as part of the "war on terror" and to end the use of torture and other
mistreatment. Many terrorism suspects in Pakistan have routinely been
held without any rights to a hearing before a judge, the right to
counsel or family visits, and without receiving a trial meeting
international fair trial standards. Human Rights Watch called on the
Pakistani government and security services to end the use of secret
detention facilities and to identify all such facilities immediately.
"If President Musharraf want to convince the world that he is indeed
an enlightened moderate, he needs to immediately order an end to such
rampant and abusive practices," said Adams. "The hidden prison system
run by the security services is an open secret in Pakistan. No
self-respecting government should tolerate such a system."
Human Rights Watch also called on the Bush administration to provide
full information on its role in the Afzal case. Specifically, the U.S.
must clarify whether the Afzal brothers were held in Pakistani custody
at the request of the United States, and state the policy of the U.S.
government when it knows or has reason to know that persons being
questioned abroad are being seriously mistreated by their captors.
The Convention against Torture, to which the United States is a party,
prohibits "an act by any person which constitutes complicity or
participation in torture."
"The war on terror cannot be won by resorting to illegal detentions
and torture," said Adams. "It is time for the U.S. to decide whether
it will continue to be complicit in criminal activity in its fight
against terrorism, or whether the rule of law will prevail."
Human Rights Watch expressed no opinion on whether the Afzal
brothers--or others who are "disappeared," illegally detained,
or tortured by the Pakistani security services as part of the
"war on terror"--have committed criminal acts. However,
international law prohibits "disappearances," illegal detentions,
or torture at all times, including during investigations of
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