Musharraf handed over 4,000 Pakistanis to foreign countries

Published: April 16, 2018
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Most of extradited persons sent to US in exchange of dollars, says Justice Iqbal. PHOTO: INP

Most of extradited persons sent to US in exchange of dollars, says Justice Iqbal. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: Former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf secretly handed over as many as 4,000 Pakistanis to foreign countries, mainly to the United States.

This was revealed by head of the commission on missing persons on Monday.

In a briefing to the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights, Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal said that former interior minister Aftab Ahmad Sherpao was also part of the “secret handover”.

Iqbal, who is also chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), further said the Musharraf regime extradited those Pakistanis in exchange of US dollars.

He asserted that there was no provision in the country’s law for such extraditions. No one including the Parliament ever questioned the role of Musharraf and Sherpao in this dark episode, Justice Iqbal regretted.

He said Musharraf’s illegal and unlawful action must have been investigated. “As per the law and the Constitution, how could someone secretly hand over the Pakistani nationals to any other country?” he questioned.

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Speaking on the missing persons’ case, he said some foreign agencies were also involved in enforced disappearances to give a bad name to the country’s secret agencies, including the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Military Intelligence (MI).

Missing persons

Justice Iqbal also claimed that the figures of missing persons in Balochistan were often exaggerated. There were several groups operating in the province and many missing persons joined those outfits, he insisted.

The NAB chief said he had asked the Balochistan authorities to provide official figures about the missing persons but they did not respond to his request.

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Strongly defending the ban on the international NGOs, Justice Iqbal said if he had any authority he would have never allowed such foreign organisations to operate in Pakistan.

He claimed that most of the international NGOs under the garb of welfare scheme worked on the forging agencies’ agenda.

He cited the example of Dr Shakil Afridi that how under the garb of vaccination drive he was working for the CIA.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • TN
    Apr 16, 2018 - 11:12PM

    Crazy idea that Musharraf went out and picked people himself. Laws enforcement agencies must have done the job and head of state gets the blame.
    I believe most were foreign fighters! Recommend

  • Dipak
    Apr 17, 2018 - 3:32AM

    Don’t forget Mushy also left 3000 dead Pakistani soldiers in Kargil buried respectfully by India.Recommend

  • Imran
    Apr 17, 2018 - 4:38AM

    I think they were involved in terrorist activities so good. Now we need to also send Indian culture/movies/music to Guantanamo so that we can have a country of our own finally and move on in life instead of getting stuck in the South Asian black hole!Recommend

  • javed ali
    Apr 17, 2018 - 7:12AM

    A very serious allegation on Musharaf. A trial should be initiated and he should be brought to justice.Recommend

  • cuban
    Apr 17, 2018 - 7:35AM

    Maximum number of detainees ever held in Guantanamo was about 780 (close to it’s 800 capacity) – that implies that the 4,000 is way to high. Recommend

  • Ahmed afaan
    Apr 17, 2018 - 10:00AM

    i do not know we are muslim to handover our own citizen for the sack of money . Money is for human facilitation , but we are going against the natural law . our religon can define humanity in a best way . Every human carries worth , But to handover these people to foreign for the sack of dollors is shameful . Recommend

  • Madika Martha Iqbal
    Apr 17, 2018 - 10:36AM

    Well I am happy for Musharraf to send pakistan in America to gain skills and learn to adopt foreign rights and to live a normal life. But you can’t blame him , I know the agency do all the job as well as Embsay by providing free visas . I was going to join them soon . But no no no I am South Africa citizen living in Pakistan for 5 years now and nobody force them to apply for dollars .Recommend

  • UJ
    Apr 17, 2018 - 1:23PM

    Maligning Musharraf seems like a futile exercise now. The dude was much better than his successors!Recommend

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