Six months on: family still unaware -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Six months on: family still unaware

HYDERABAD: Dr Ali Raza Zaidi has been missing for last six months and is said to be in the custody of security agencies like many other Pakistanis, but his family has not been informed about his whereabouts despite knocking the doors of judiciary. Talking to The News, Syeda Erum Ali, wife of Ali Raza, said: “I could not answer the questions of my children when they ask why their father has not returned. They want to celebrate Eidul Azha with their father. I have written a letter to President Pervez Musharraf for the safe recovery of my husband.

” She said several human rights organisations and groups are protesting against the forced disappearances, adding that scores of citizens were being picked up by the security agencies from across the country and no information was provided to their families. “We are not informed that how our dear ones are and which agency keeps them in captivity and whether they are alive or dead,” she said. On July 9, 2006, it was disclosed that a Pakistan doctor was missing since June 4 after he was arrested in Dubai on his way back to Dubai from Iran.

Dr Syed Ali Raza, resident of Latifabad unit 9, Hyderabad, was working at the City Care Hospital. He got married eight years back and father of two children. His wife Syeda Erum Zaidi said no progress was seen despite filing a petition in the Sindh High Court, Karachi, adding after continuous efforts I am only able to know that my husband Dr Ali Raza is in Karachi through an email reply of President Musharraf. She said Dr Ali Raza is the only bread earner in the house and the family is also facing financial problems.
She said that her husband last talked to the family on June 3, 2006 from Iran before proceeding to Dubai, where was staying for seeking a good job but after his arrival at Dubai there was no word from his side.

Source: The News

Date:1/1/2007