Detainee 3718: Hameedullah Khan
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.