Daily Archives: September 7, 2012

Special Report: Murder spotlights Pakistan’s “heroin kingpin”

By Matthew Green

File photo Imam Bheel

(Reuters) – One night in March, police found a body slumped in the back of a black Toyota parked in an affluent district of Karachi, Pakistan’s commercial capital.

The man, a prominent public servant named Abdul Rehman Dashti, had been shot in the face. His watch, ring and money were gone.

Not far away, servants scrubbed blood from the driveway of an imposing house belonging to Imam Bheel, a businessman from the southwestern province of Baluchistan. Camera crews rushed to the scene, and Deputy Inspector-General Shaukat Ali Shah named the suspected killer: Bheel himself.

The allegation cracked a wall of silence around a man who Washington says is a key gatekeeper in a heroin supply chain stretching from poppy fields in Afghanistan to street corners in the West.

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UN commission on missing persons arrives in Pakistan on 10th Sept

Geneva  – Confirming the arrival of a high-level UN delegation in Pakistan in connection with the missing persons issue, the world body on Thursday announced the launch of 10-day official mission of the UN experts on enforced disappearances, starting from Sept 10th.This would be the third visit of the UN human rights experts in less than four months. Earlier on May 19th, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Gabriela Knaul had arrived here on a 10-day fact finding mission. Her visit was followed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay who landed in Islamabad on June 4th on a four-day visit.To be headed by Olivier de Frouville, the Chair-Rapporteur at United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), the two-member mission would include Osman El-Hajj, the WGEID member, UN said.

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