August 2005 News

JKLF Leader Alleges Torture By Pak Police

11 August 2005
The Hindustan Times

Islamabad: The President of Pakistan-based JKLF's Punjab chapter has alleged that he was illegally detained by police, who tried to force him to confess that he was the caretaker for a London-based religious outfit in this country. Syed Faisal Nazki, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front's Punjab President and its Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, was today quoted by the 'Daily Times' as saying that a team of plainclothe policemen entered the JKLF office on The Mall in Lahore on July six and forcibly took him to the Qilla Gujjar Singh police station. Nazki allged that police then harassed him and tried to force him to admit that he was Faisal Ali, son of Jaffar Ali and maintained contacts with Sufi Bashir Ahmed, a London-based militant. When Nazki refused to admit this, the officials detained him in a room and tortured him, the report said. 'An officer then came to me and said that if I admitted that I was Faisal Ali, and that I managed Sufi Bashir Ahmad's financial affairs in Pakistan, I would be rewarded handsomely. He said that Sufi Bashir was a resourceful man, and if I didn't confess, I would be killed,' Nazki said. Later, the officials forcibly took his signature on his official letterheads and threatened him that if he told anyone about the incident, he could be killed, Nazki claimed. However, Malik Raheel Amjad, Station House Officer of Qilla Gujjar Singh police, denied that the incident took place.


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