Missing persons: Tortured engineer resurfaces

Bashir Arisar, an engineer, who went missing on November 17, 2011, was recovered on Tuesday.


Razzak Khatti February 22, 2012

BADIN:


Twenty-five-year-old Bashir Arisar, an engineer, who went missing on November 17, 2011, was recovered on Tuesday near Mirpurkhas.


His father, Muhammad Khan Arisar, who is a retired teacher, joined a protest campaign for missing people along with his wife in Islamabad four days ago as there was no way to trace his son. “I was not expecting that my son would be recovered. I think he was released because of this drive,” he told The Express Tribune. “I talked to my son Tuesday evening and was informed that there were torture marks on his body. He was injured when he was found,” he added.

Separated from his son for the last three months, the excited father said that he had a reservation on a train from Rawalpindi to Hyderabad. “Let me reach Badin. I am not sure where he is now.”

Amina Masood Janjua, the chairperson of the Defence of Human Rights, contacted his father. It was reported that police arrested Bashir Arisar from Kotri but did not declare it. Several protests, hunger strikes were held across the province while lawmakers and officials were contacted. Bashir was working as an engineer in a cement factory in Kotri. He did his BE in mining in 2009 and was reportedly affiliated with a nationalist party.

Bashir is a resident of Shahbaz Colony in Badin.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 22nd, 2012.

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