Olivier de Frouville chairs a Geneva-based U.N. panel that monitors allegations of state-sponsored disappearances around the world during a news conference with panel member Osman El Hajje in Islamabad
By Matthew Green – Reuters
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.N. experts urged Pakistan on Thursday to investigate allegations that security forces had abducted hundreds of people and take steps to hold powerful intelligence agencies to account.
The remarks are likely to irritate the military establishment in Pakistan, where Western allies mostly avoid making public statements over the disappearances for fear of antagonizing generals who exert huge sway over foreign policy.
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.