Waiting for Justice
Your story on the Pakistani detainees still in the Bagram prison in Afghanistan was an eye-opener. Very few people know of the issue and it is unfortunately under-reported in the media. The work being conducted by Justice Project Pakistan is indeed commendable! While serious issues like this need extensive legal work to affect policy change, it is imperative that stories of this nature are highlighted by a media that touts its “free and independent” nature. It is unfortunate that most prisoners still at Bagram re- main in captive without being proven guilty. Subjected to inhumane acts of torture, these young prisoners deserve justice and for that, their governments must act swiftly. As argued in your article, not only would this provide much needed justice to the detained but also serve as a major redeeming moment for Pakistan. The window of opportunity is, however, closing rapidly. Pakistan must act in good faith before the U.S forces withdraw from Afghanistan and Pakistani actions are seen as nothing more than simple political arm-twisting. With elections looming close, it is uncertain whether the Pakistani government will raise the issue. Regardless of this, it is the duty of the media to draw attention to such atrocities and allow the public to make a decision to either remain silent or serve as a pressure group to convince its government to bring back and deliver justice to its own citizens.
Ali Maqbool Rawalpindi, Pakistan