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takes up the case of detained Pakistanis with US official
By Khalid Hassan,
APP's Special Correspondent
WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (APP)
- Pakistan's Ambassador Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, who
held a meeting with Christina Rocca, Assistant Secretary of State for
South Asian Affairs, Friday discussed with the
US official the detention of over 200 hundred
Pakistanis in the aftermath of the 11 September attacks.
The ambassador also conveyed to Rocca the concerns of the
An embassy press release said, this has been a subject of discussion
between the authorities of Pakistan and the United States of the past
several weeks. It would be recalled that, during their meeting in New York
on November 10, President Musharraf and President Bush had discussed this
The embassy, said the press statement, has been sharing information
provided by family members of the detainees with the State Department and
the Department of Justice. The embassy has also sought information
on the detainees whereabouts as well as
provision of consular access to them. In many
cases, direct contact between the detainees and their relatives has
been facilitated through these efforts. The embassy has also been
able to get consular access to many of the
According to figures released by the Justice Department on 27 November,
208 persons born in Pakistan are held on
immigration charges since the events of
Lodhi, in her meeting with Rocca requested the US authorities to provide
to the Pakistan embassy the names of all the
Pakistani detainees, location of the detention
centres where they are being held and specific charges under
which the detentions have taken place.
The ambassador further requested that relevant authorities in different
states may be asked to provide consular access to the detainees.
Lodhi reiterated her earlier offer to facilitate the deportation process,
in cases where the detainees agree not to contest their deportation.
The Assistant Secretary reaffirmed the US desire to be helpful in this
matter. She assured the ambassador that the detainees would be treated in
accordance with US law and the US government would fulfill its obligations
under the Vienna Convention.
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