EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA/33/10/91
UA 287/91 Arrest/Unacknowledged Detention 23 August 1991
PAKISTAN: Dr. Khatumal Jeevan, opposition legislator
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of Dr. Khatumal Jeevan who
has been held in unacknowledged detention since 4 August 1991. He is one of
a large number of people who were reportedly arrested during and after a hunger
strike observed all over Pakistan on the call of Pakistan People's Party (PPP)
leader Benazir Bhutto. Pakistani media mention several hundred arrests but
Amnesty International has not been able to verify these numbers. While the
majority of the detained persons appear to have been subsequently released,
some are reportedly still held in detention.
Dr. Khatumal Jeevan, a PPP Member of the National Assembly, was arrested
by the police in Mirpurkhas, Sindh Province, on 4 August 1991 during the peaceful
country-wide hunger strike. His arrest was witnessed by many opposition workers,
among them Mir Munawar Ali Talpur, Member of the Sindh Provincial Assembly
and former provincial Minister, and Mehboob Alam Rind, former Member of
Provincial Assembly, Sindh.
According to information available to Amnesty International, the Sindh
Government has repeatedly denied his arrest. Letters sent by the relatives
of Dr. Jeevan and by the PPP to President Ghulam Ishaq Khan and to the federal
government have reportedly not received any reply. A habeas corpus petition
has been lodged in the Sindh High Court and a hearing is to take place on 26
According to reports, Dr. Jeevan is being continuously moved from one
police station to another. An article in the Sindhi language newspaper Jago
mentions that Dr. Jeevan was held following his arrest in Mirwah police station.
On 21 August 1991 he was said to be held in Gulshan-e-Iqbal police station
in Karachi. In a communication on a cigarette package sent out of Garhi police
station on 10 August 1991 Dr. Jeevan stated that pressure was being brought
on him to leave the party.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send courteously worded telegrams/telexes and
- expressing concern for the safety of Dr. Jeevan who has been held since 4
August 1991 in unacknowledged detention;
- urging the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Dr. Jeevan
and any other person like him still detained for the peaceful expression of
their political opinions;
- protesting against the detention of any person in unacknowledged detention;
- expressing concern at the recent arrests of a large number of persons detained
for their participation in a peaceful demonstration.