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PM urged to order release of student

March 31, 2008

MUZAFFARABAD, March 30: A non-governmental organisation working for protection of human rights and civil liberties has urged the newly-elected prime minister of Pakistan to order immediate release of a Kashmiri student allegedly picked up by some intelligence agency personnel from the federal capital about three weeks ago.

In a letter, Khwaja Zafar Iqbal, executive director of Press for Peace (PFP), urged Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani to bring the lost happiness back to the families whose kin had gone missing at the hands of different intelligence agencies.

He particularly mentioned the case of Syed Asad Hussain, belonging to the southern Poonch district of Azad Kashmir, whose family members, he said, were in a state of trauma ever since he had been taken into custody without any known charges.

“We are hopeful that your government would initiate prompt steps for recovery of all innocent citizens from the illegal custody of agencies on a priority basis,” the PFP executive director said in the letter.