De­tainee 3718: Hameedul­lah Khan

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In June 2008, Hameedul­lah Khan was sent by his fa­ther to Waziris­tan to gather the fam­ily’s be­long­ings and bring them back to Karachi, where they re­side. He called his fa­ther from a PCO and told him he would be re­turn­ing within a few days. Af­ter a week, his fa­ther called his cell phone but there was no an­swer. In at­tempts to lo­cate his son, he called a friend’s phone and a PCO but no one knew where Hameedul­lah was. In 2009 the ICRC con­tacted Hameedul­lah’s fam­ily and told them that Hameedul­lah is be­ing de­tained by the U.S. at Ba­gram. He was only 16 at the time of his dis­ap­pear­ance.

Hameedul­lah has deeply suf­fered dur­ing his de­ten­tion. He is be­ing held along­side adults, in bla­tant con­tra­ven­tion of in­ter­na­tional law. He has lost much weight and the stress of de­ten­tion has caused him to go bald. His ab­sence has also taken a toll on his fam­ily. Hameedul­lah’s mother has di­a­betes and is los­ing her eye­sight. She has fasted ev­ery day since her son dis­ap­peared and prays daily for his re­turn.

Hameedul­lah Khan is a party to the pe­ti­tion filed by Jus­tice Project Pak­istan in Oc­to­ber 2010. In that very year he was cleared by the De­tainee Re­view Board for re­lease. On Jan­uary 20th 2012, Jus­tice Khalid Mehmood Khan of the La­hore High Court or­dered the Pak­istan Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs to com­mence ne­go­ti­a­tions for the re­turn of Hameedul­lah and six other Pak­ista­nis. On Oc­to­ber 16th 2012 the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs an­nounced Hameedul­lah’s re­turn be­fore the La­hore High Court. He re­mains de­tained at Ba­gram to this day, un­aware of when or how he will see his fam­ily again.

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