Karachi operation become suspicious; Ansar Burney

KARACHI: The Chairman of Ansar Burney Trust International and former federal minister for human rights, Ansar Burney, said on Wednesday that Karachi operation against terrorists and hardened criminals has become suspicious and demanded of federal and Sindh governments to disclose whereabouts of nearly 11,000 missing persons arrested in the last three months during Karachi operation and also stop extra-judicial killings at once.

Burney strongly condemned mostly suspicious police encounters in Karachi and recent extra-judicial killing of three political workers Javed, Noman and Saleem reportedly arrested and later their bodies were found on streets of Karachi.

He said the more than 11,000 persons were missing after their arrest and nearly 200 were killed in suspicious police encounters and reportedly extra-judicial killings during the last three months in the name of Karachi operation against criminals.

Burney said that during the last three months of Karachi operation, nearly 11,000 persons were arrested on several charges. On the other hand, the two jails in Karachi have only received nearly 1,500 suspects, now question is where are the rest of thousands missing after their arrest in Karachi? And what about the ammunition recovered from them?

He said the police had not mentioned the whereabouts of the remaining arrested persons as even nearly 200 persons were killed in mysterious circumstances or in fake encounters after their arrests and torture during the interrogation.

He said that Ansar Burney Trust International was very much concerned about the large number of missing persons after their arrest by the police and law enforcement authorities and the extra-judicial killings of nearly 200 persons in suspicious encounters.

He said in several cases the families of arrested persons claiming that the victims were arrested from their homes but later it was announced that they were killed in an encounter or died in detention.

Burney strongly condemned gross violation of human rights and asked federal government, Karachi police and Sindh government as to why had it not presented arrested suspects in any court of law along with arms and ammunition recovered from them during the last three months and why their family members had not been informed of their whereabouts or were not allowed to meet them.

He said Ansar Burney Trust International would once again like to make it very clear that it had no sympathy what-so-ever with hardened criminals and terrorists and was fully in favour of operation against hardened criminals, killers of humanity and terrorists but it was the sole responsibility of the federal and provincial governments to either release the arrested innocent persons or reveal their whereabouts immediately.

He demanded of Chief Justice and federal & provincial governments for impartial judicial inquiry in the suspicious killings in police encounters and to immediately present all arrested persons before the courts of law, inform their families and arrange meetings with their families and if innocent release them immediately.

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