Hafiz Abdul Basit


Hafiz Abdul Basit

Hafiz Abdul Basit is a citizen of Pakistan who is believed to have been detained on suspicion of involvement to assassinate Pakistan's leader President Pervez Musharraf.cite news
url=http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C08%5C21%5Cstory_21-8-2007_pg7_21
date= August 21, 2007
publisher=Daily Times (Pakistan)
title=Missing persons case: Produce detainee or face jail, SC tells FIA chief
author=Mohammad Kamran
accessdate=2007-08-24
] cite news
url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/21/AR2007082102076_pf.html
title=Al-Qaeda Suspect Released by Pakistan: High Court Orders Freedom for Two Other Prisoners
author=Craig Whitlock, Griff Witte
publisher=Washington Post
date= August 22, 2007
accessdate=2007-08-23
]

A devout Muslim [ [http://paktribune.com/news/print.php?id=187407 Hafiz Basit relates his tales of woe and horrors under arrest ] ] , Basit disappeared from his home on January 4 2004, and was believed to have been taken into covert extrajudicial detention in a secret Pakistani interrogation center for the next three and a half years. [ [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article2310632.ece Pakistani militants are released from jail - Times Online ] ] cite news
date= August 20, 2007
title=Security chief gets jail warning
author=Syed Shoaib Hasan
publisher=BBC News
url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6955329.stm
accessdate=2007-08-23
]

Tariq Pervez, the director-general of Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency, was threatened with jail, unless he produced Basit. Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad told him:

Pervez claims he was soon transferred to the custody of Pakistan's controversial intelligence agency, the Interservices Intelligence Directorate.

Pervez was allowed two brief, temporary, releases from the Court, to give him an opportunity to be arrange for Hafiz Abdul Basit to be released from his extrajudicial detention -- without success.Pakistan's Attorney General Malik Qayyum intervened, and sought a further two day adjournment, taking responsibility for the release of Hafiz Abdul Basit.cite news
url=http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?187341
date=August 21 2007
title=SC disposes of DG FIA arrest matter on Attorney General assurance about release of Hafiz Abdul Basit
publisher=Pak Tribune
accessdate=2007-08-24
] Hafiz Abdul Basit had still not been produced, before the Court, on August 22 2007, when the two-day adjournment expired.cite news
url=http://www.dawn.com/2007/08/22/top1.htm
title=Two on list of ‘missing persons’ released
publisher=Dawn (newspaper)
author=Nasir Iqbal
date= August 22, 2007
accessdate=2007-08-24
] cite news
url=http://www.pakistanlink.com/Headlines/Aug07/22/08.htm
date= August 22, 2007
title=SC releases two ‘missing persons’
author=Mohammad Kamran
accessdate=2007-08-24
] cite news
url=http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/07/08/22/10148314.html
title=Man involved in attempt on Musharraf to be freed
author=Shahid Hussain
publisher=Gulf Daily News
date=August 22 2007
accessdate=2007-08-24
] The Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported that Qayyum told the Supreme Court:

The Supreme Court ordered the 25-year old Basit be released to his maternal uncle Hafiz Mohammad Nasir. [ [http://paktribune.com/news/print.php?id=187407 Hafiz Basit relates his tales of woe and horrors under arrest ] ]

He was finally released August 22 2007. [ [http://www.thepost.com.pk/Arc_IsbNews.aspx?dtlid=113870&catid=17&date=08/22/2007&fcatid=14 Basit accuses agencies] The Post]

Iftikhar's examination of the circumstances of Hafiz Abdul Basit's detention would trigger a wider inquiry into the practice of Pakistan's Intelligence and Justice organs holding captives in extrajudicial detention.Iftikhar wrotecite news
url=http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C08%5C21%5Cstory_21-8-2007_pg7_21
date= August 21, 2007
publisher=Daily Times (Pakistan)
title=Missing persons case: Produce detainee or face jail, SC tells FIA chief
author=Mohammad Kamran
accessdate=2007-08-24
] quotation
“At present we are concerned with instant relief to the complainant and at a later stage a larger bench will deliberate on the role of agencies and pass a detailed judgment with regard to arbitrary and illegal arrests of persons.”

The Pakistani Supreme Court is going through a list of 287 disappeared men, one at a time.

The Supreme Court also ordered the release of other men from the list of disappeared, Imran Munir, Alim Nasir, Jan Muhammad, Munir Mengal and Salim Baloch.

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*cite news
url=http://www.dawn.com/2007/08/21/top1.htm
title=Produce the missing or go to jail’: SC warns FIA chief
publisher=Dawn (newspaper)
author=Nasir Iqbal
date= August 21, 2007
accessdate=2007-08-24

*cite news
url=http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/ISI_not_a_law-enforcement_agency_Pak_SC/articleshow/2299875.cms
title=ISI not a law-enforcement agency: Pak SC
date=August 22 2007
publisher=Times of India

*cite news
url=http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=9711
title=‘ISI not a law-enforcement agency’: SC releases Basit and Nasir; directs handover of Munir to police
date= August 24, 2007
accessdate=2007-08-24
publisher=The International News
author=Sohail Khan


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