Dr Safdar, a US Citizen facing torture in Pakistan Jails
30 November 2007
Today a local newspaper Awami Awaz published an update about Dr. Safdar Sarki, a US citizen and a human rights campaigner, currently in Zhob jail in Balochsitan, Pakistan. Dr Sarki was a victim of Pakistan military's forced disappearances of Sindhi and Baloch human rights workers since last three years. After a historic decision from Pakistan Supreme Court (before the dismissal of supreme court judges), Pakistani government had to declare his where abouts and soon in matter of hours he was detained in some alleged cases.
He is currently in Zhob jail and has following news item appeared in today's newspaper.
JSQM leader was produced in Zhob courts. Medical examination performed. If not provided proper medial care, he may loose his eyesights"
"They tried to kill me in jail. I do not see any ray of hope for my freedom," Dr Sarki.
JSQM leader Dr Safdar Sarki was produced in Zhob court. He alse went under medical examination. Doctors have shown concern and have asked to move him to Agha Khan Hospital in Karachi. If delayed he may loose his eyesight. His body has shrunk and overall condition is getting worse. He was allowed to meet hios cousin Mr Ghulam Mustafa Deho and his lawyer Mohammad Khan Shaikh. While the representatives of JSQM Sarki Release Committee; Mr. Abdul Sattar Kalwar, Nooruddin Jamali, and Abdul Rehman Jatoi were denied in-person meeting.
Doctors claimed that he has went under torture. It appears that his finger nails have been plucked out. His overall condition is getting worse and he must be transferred to some good medical care such as Agha Khan Medical hospital in Karachi.
[Dr Sarki is a USA citizen, and in last two month US consulate representative had made only one visit. No concrete efforts are done to assure proper medical care or legal representation or prevention from torture has been carried out so far.]