Document - Further information on UA 234/91 (ASA 33/07/91, 11 July) - Pakistan: abduction: Abdul Rahim Chinzai, former government official in Afghanistan










EXTERNAL (for general distribution)AI Index: ASA 33/20/91

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7 November 1991


Further information on UA 234/91 (ASA 33/07/91, 11 July 1991) - Abduction


PAKISTAN:Abdul Rahim Chinzai, a former government official in Afghanistan





Amnesty International has learned that Abdul Rahim Chinzai is alive and is currently held by members of Hezb-e-Islami (Hekmatyar), an Afghan Mujahideen group operating in Pakistan. The Mujahideen are the armed Afghan opposition which operate with the recognition and cooperation of the Pakistan authorities.


The exact location of Abdul Rahim Chinzai's place of detention is unknown but it is believed to be a detention centre run by Hezb-e-Islami (Hekmatyar) in a border area between Pakistan's North West Frontier Province and Afghanistan. He is reported to be receiving medicine for his diabetic illness through Hezb-e-Islami (Hekmatyar) officials.


Amnesty International is concerned about Abdul Rahim Chinzai's continued unlawful detention. As his abduction (on 9 July 1991) took place in Pakistan and as Hezb-e-Islami (Hekmatyar) is operating in Pakistan with the cooperation of the Pakistani authorities, Amnesty International is calling upon the Government of Pakistan to ensure Abdul Rahim Chinzai's well-being and release.


FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/express and airmail letters:


- stating that according to Amnesty International's information, Abdul Rahim Chinzai is being detained unlawfully and for political reasons in a border area between Pakistan's North west Frontier Province and Afghanistan, by members of Hezb-e-Islami (Hekmatyar), a Mujahideen party based in Pakistan;


- calling upon the Pakistan authorities to take immediate action to investigate the circumstances of Abdul Rahim Chinzai's abduction and imprisonment, ensure his release and bring to justice those responsible for his abduction and detention.


APPEALS TO:


1) Mr Mian Nawaz Sharif Dear Prime Minister

Prime Minister

Office of the Prime Minister

Islamabad

Pakistan


Telegrams: Prime Minister Sharif, Islamabad, Pakistan

Telexes: 5742








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2) Mr Mir Afzal Khan Jadoon Dear Chief Minister

Chief Minister

Office of the Chief Minister

Peshawar

North West Frontier Province

Pakistan


Telegrams:Chief Minister NWFP, Peshawar, Pakistan

Telexes:5800 (via Ministry of Foreign Affairs)


3) Chief of Army Staff Dear Sir

General Army HQ

Rawalpindi

Pakistan


Telegrams:Chief of Army Staff, General Army HQ, Rawalpindi, Pakistan


COPIES TO:


For reasons of security please remove your address from copies of your appeals sent to the following address:


Professor Sebghatollah Mujaddedi

President of the Afghan Interim Government

GPO Box 377, Peshawar, Pakistan.


Please send complete copies to diplomatic representatives of Pakistan in your country.


PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 15 December 1991.

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