London – CAGE calls on Pakistan’s new prime minister Imran Khan to fulfill his pledge to exert all efforts to seek the immediate return of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, bring an immediate end to the devastating US drone strikes taking place under the guise of the War on Terror and free the scores of prisoners who have been subjected to enforced disappearances over the years.
We are willing to assist in measures to ensure that justice for past wrongs takes place in Pakistan, including the possibility of a Truth and Reconciliation-type process whereby survivors are able to gain a full understanding of the extent of disappearances, killings and torture under previous regimes, and achieve closure for their losses and suffering.
Moazzam Begg, outreach director for CAGE, said:
“In 2008, Mr Khan shared a platform with CAGE to raise the case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, long before the brutality and injustice of her plight caught public attention. At the time, not only had Aafia been abandoned but many others like Masood, the husband of Amina Masood Janjua, had been forcibly disappeared by the Pakistani government and remain missing to this day.
“Imran Khan was ready to stand up for such people at a time when Pakistan’s politicians ignored them. I have since met him a couple of times and briefly discussed with him both the abuses in Guantanamo and plight of Aafia. Today he is in a unique position to be able to fulfil his pledge to bring Pakistan’s “the daughter of the nation” home.”
“Khan has strongly opposed the War on Terror and in particular US drone strikes, which amount to state-sanctioned murder and have further destabilised the country. His election as Prime Minister in Pakistan is a new and exciting phase for many people in that country. It is our sincere hope that his pledge of upholding the rule of law and challenging the destructive policies that have devastated Pakistan continue now that he is coming to power.”
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