Three young persons have been arrested and taken to an undisclosed locations where they are being held. These persons were arrested while they were returning home from a picnic and have been with their families including, women and children when they had been arrested.
One of the missing persons is an Aero-nautical Technician at Pakistan Air Force.
Seven days has passed since the disappearance and to-date their whereabouts are unknown.
All three persons are being said to be held at private torture cells which are operated by the Pakistan Rangers and the police and as is the ordinary nature in instances of such arrests in the recent past, these detainees too will undergo severe forms of torture and may even be extra-judicially executed.
This has been the practice and statistics show that more than 360 persons have been extra judicially killed during the Karachi operation which has been in effect since September 2013 – the Karachi operation was launched against the terrorists, target killers and extortionists in Pakistan. Further information revealed that the elder brother of one of the missing persons has also been extra judicially killed in February last year.
The police have outright refused to even lodge the First Information Report (FIR) against this illegal arrest, detention and disappearance. Police have instead instructed family members of the victims not to contact the police as the arrests have been made by Pakistan’s Secret Service – in this instance by the Pakistan Rangers.
All three young persons who are missing belong to the Shia sect, of Islam and as per reports have never had any affiliations with any political party nor ethnic group.
According to the information that has been provided by family members of the victims, on 28th (Saturday) June 2014, 17 members of three families were returning home from a family outing to the beach side resort “Paradise Point” and at around 3.30 in the afternoon their vehicle has been forcibly stopped, at a police checkpoint near the Pakistan Air Force Base (PAF Base), Mauripur road Karachi
They have been so stopped by around 25 plain clothed persons who were assembled at the checkpoint and who had evidently arrived there in five vans fixed with police insignias and police sirens. The armed men introduced themselves as police personnel from the Criminal investigation Department (CID) and had demanded to see the Identity Cards of all male persons in the group.
Following the inspection of the ID Card, the three young persons have been asked to get off their vehicle and were immediately arrested and hurled into the police jeeps and have been immediately driven away to unknown place and the remaining policemen at the checkpoint have given instructions to the family members not leave till the police vans were out of sight.
According to information received, in this incident at the time when the plain clothed policemen were dragging the three persons out of the van, and when in that instance the women and children and come out and demanded to know why they are being so arrested, the police have pointed their guns at the women and children and used abusing language on them, even threatening to kill them.
The family members following the arrest immediately rushed to the Site B police station, where the SHO Inspector Aatif has flatly refused to lodge the police report. On the further insistence of women Inspector Aatef, has requested them to lodge a formal application in writing addressed to the SHO and that such application of complaint will be considered later. Following two days of the incident upon enquires made by family members the police have informed them that the missing persons are not in police custody but are in the custody of intelligence agents and that therefore the police are unable to file any case nor institute any investigation against the intelligence agents. Family members have then insisted that they were in fact police persons since they travelled in police vans the SHO himself is reported to have stated that , this usually takes place in instances when intelligent agents are required to arrest and take into custody any person they deem necessary.
AHRC learns that family members have instituted a formal legal proceeding on charges of enforced disappearance with the Sindh High Court and court has sought to issue summons of the police to appear before the Court in the proceedings.
In yet another and a recent case one Mr. Amanat Abbas, son of Inayat Abbas, 43 years old, and a resident of Gulbahar, Karachi, have also been arrested on the 24th of June 2014vfrom the Zain-ul-Abideen Hospital at around 5.30 in the evening by officials of Pakistan Rangers. Mr. Abbas belongs to the MQM, a political party that holds 25 seats in the National Assembly and 44 seats in the Sindh Provincial Assembly and he was in charge of the MQM unit 189 and is a prominent and well known politician /activists in the area. According to reports he had received a phone asking him to come immediately to the hospital saying that a close relative is seriously ill and injured following which he had rushed to the hospital. No sooner he had reached the emergency ward of the hospital five jeeps belonging to the Pakistan Rangers had surrounded the hospital with at least 25 persons in Rangers’ uniforms. One, officer from the Pakistan Rangers, Inspector Manzoor, had already been inside the hospital premises awaiting his arrival, when he had commanded Mr. Abbas to go along with him. When Mr. Abbas had inquired as to the reason, several other soldiers from the Pakistan Rangers had grabbed him with his neck and shoulder and dragged him along the floor and was thrown into one of the jeeps parked there and which was driven by Inspector Manzoor.
During the last nine months according to official reports, 17,000 persons have been arrested on several charges. However, contrary to this figure, the two jails operating in Karachi claim that they have received only1,500 suspects to-date. The police and Pakistan Rangers, who at the end of every 30 days issue their report on arrests, have not even mentioned the whereabouts of the remaining suspects. The correct figures on the encounters and extra judicial killings were not available but through reports published in the media more than 360 persons have to-date been killed under mysterious circumstances following arrests and torture during interrogations.