Illegal aduction of Norwegian national Ehsan Arjemandi in Pakistan

Honorary Ambassador,
Honorary Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Kingdom of Norway.

Dated: October 7, 2009

Subject: Illegal aduction of Norwegian national Ehsan Arjemandi in Pakistan

Baloch Human Right Council (BHRC) of Canada would like to bring your attention to a Norwegian national Ehsan Arjemandi who has been disappeared when traveling from Balochistan (Pakistan) to Karachi on Friday 7th of August 2009.

Mr. Ehsan Arjemandi’s family and friends believe that notorious Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is behind this forceful abduction.

Mr. Ehsan Arjemandi went to Pakistan-Balochistan in the middle of July 2009, to visit his family members settled in Turbat and Mand(Balochistan)Pakistan. After meeting with his family members in Mand, he left for Karachi on August 7, 2009 by an inter-city bus service titled ‘Aslam Dandahi Coach’. When the bus reached Zero point Coastal Highway near Uttal check post, about 12km away from Uttal city, some unidentified vehicles intercepted the bus, armed men got into the bus and took Mr. Ehsan Arjemandi out of the bus and covered his head with a black blanket and took him away. According to the eye witnesses Mr Arjemandi was abducted by a team led by Military Intelligence officer Major Mohammed Shahid, who is posted in Mekran coastal Division.

Mr. Ehsan Arjemandi’s family have not heard from him since his abduction. The family members say that Mr. Ehsan Arjemandi is suffering from heart disease and it is very likely that he is being tortured by the Pakistani security forces.

And we have just received a phone call from his family confirming that Pakistan Army has handed over Mr. Ehsan Arjemandi to Iranian Authorities and his arrival at Zahidan (Iran) prison has been confirmed.

BHRC and the family of Mr. Arjemandi believe that Mr. Arjemandi’s life is now in serious danger. As previously, several Baloch political activists who were handed over to Iranian Authorities, were hanged Publicly after brutal physical torture.

Mr. Ehsan Arjemandi has been a very active voice in Norway and Europe against the human rights violation in Balochistan. Mr. Ehsan Arjemandi had organized several peaceful processions in front of Pakistan Embassy in Norway against the illegal abduction of Political workers in Balochistan, where more than 8000 political workers have been made disappeared by Pakistan Military. BHRC believes that Pakistan Army and its extension ISI has conducted this abduction to punish Mr. Ehsan Arjemandi and at the same time silence the voice of Baloch Diaspora against Pakistan Army’s brutalities in Balochistan.

BHRC-Canada appeals through this letters to Norwegian Government to put pressure on Pakistan and Iran with regard to the status of Mr. Ehsan Arjemandi and other missing Baloch political activists who have been victims of state sponsored brutalities.

Please note that Mr. Ehsan Arjemandi’s abduction had already been notified to the Norwegian Government in Oslo and to the related Embassies around the world, but Baloch around the world and the family of Mr. Ehsan Arjemandi is still awaiting for the current status.

Thanking you in advance.

Zaffar Baloch
(BHRC-Canada is a London based international organization struggling to raise the profile of Baloch people in Pakistan and Iran)

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