Captain missing from last 33 years, Pakistan Army silent – what you can do? Read this

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Captain Ishtiaq Ali Khan Qaimkhani, an officer of the 25 Baloch Regiment, rank number 14623, was posted in 1977 in Bhimber, Muzzarabad, capital of Azad Kashmir (Pakistani part) close to Indian border where he was provided a military rest house for his residence. He was a resident of Tehsil Khipro, Sanghar district, Sindh province. In 1978, went to his house in Sanghar and told his wife that he was going on a secret mission to Kashmir (Indian held Kashmir) and that if he did not return after two years she should contact General Headquarters (GHQ) of thePakistan Army who will tell her about his whereabouts.

Ishtiaq Khan’s wife, Mrs. Sattar Bano, married with him in 1971, and when did not get any information about him she went to GHQ in 1981 and met with officers up to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. However, she was refused the information about him. She tried again during the military governments of General Zia and General Musharraf and also during the civilian governments of Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Shareef but all her efforts were inconclusive. She has also written different applications to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, who is famous in taking Sou Moto, the Prime Minister and President but she had not receive any response even, from the Supreme Court.

On Mrs. Bano’s application of 18 December 2007 (during General Musharraf’s regime) the Prime Minister’s house forwarded her application to the Secretary of the Ministry of Defence for appropriate action on 14 January 2008. The secretary forwarded it to the joint secretary-4 on 17 January 2008. But since then no action was taken. Mrs. Bano was told that the ministry is waiting for a reply from GHQ. She has also sent an application to General Kiyani, the Chief of Army Staff on 12 July 2011 and she is still waiting for the reply (Please find the copies of letters written to the authorities regarding the case of disappearance of captain Khan.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has also written to the Chief of Army Staff on 16 August 2011 inquiring after the missing Captain but has received no reply. Please also find the copies of some of the applications.

Mrs. Bano wants to know the whereabouts of her husband and says if he is in Indian custody or if he has died she should be informed properly. She also demands to know as to why the army is withholding the information. She does not believe that her husband is dead and argues that whenever any soldier or officer from armed forces dies an official protocol comes to the house of the dead officer and properly informs the family about the death. This practice was not followed in the case of her husband. She is certain that he is in Indian custody and that the government of Pakistan, particularly thePakistan military does not want to accept the responsibility for his wellbeing as then they will have to accept responsibility for his activities.

The case of Captain Khan is a gross violation of the right to information where the armyand the government are hiding the actual information about one of their staff. This case also violates the rights of women where the authorities have paid no respect to a woman who wants to know about her husband. The attitude of the army and others has been to keep her in dark as she is not equal to men and has no right to ask about her problem. Information about the whereabouts of a disappeared officer is the sole responsibility of the authorities.

It is incomprehensible that any professional military establishment could not have full and complete records about the activities of one of their officers. The only possible explanation was that Captain Khan was engaged in a secret mission that the army does not wish to make known to the public.

SUGGESTED ACTION:
Please write letters to the authorities urging them to provide information about the armyofficer who has been missing for 33 years mentioning the fact that the government has not taken any action for his safe recovery. Please urge them to conduct a fair inquiry into the disappearance of the Captain who was sent on secret mission by the army which is now hiding information about him. Also urge them to prosecute the concerned armyofficers who are responsible for his disappearance.

The AHRC is writing a separate letter to the Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearance calling for his intervention into this matter.

SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear ___________,

PAKISTAN: Army is silent on the disappearance of a Captain 33 years ago

Name of victim:
1.Captain Ishtiaq Ali Khan Qaimkhani, officer at 25 Baloch Regiment, rank number 14623, resident of Tehsil Khipro, Sanghar district, Sindh province
2. Mrs. Sattar Bano, wife of Captain Ali Khan Qaimkhani, resident of Tehsil Khipro, Sanghar district, Sindh province
Alleged perpetrators:
1. General Head Quarter (GHQ) of Pakistan Army, Rawalpindi, Punjab province
2. Secretary of ministry of defence, Islamabad
Date of incident: 1979
Place of incident: Azad Kashmir, Pakistan

I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the disappearance of an army Captain since 1979 when he was sent to Kashmir on a “secret mission”. Since then his whereabouts are not known.

According the information provided to me by the family of the unfortunate army officer that Captain Ishtiaq Ali Khan Qaimkhani, an officer of the 25 Baloch Regiment, rank number 14623, was posted in 1977 in Bhimber, Muzzarabad, capital of Azad Kashmir (Pakistani part) close to Indian border where he was provided a military rest house for his residence. He was a resident of Tehsil Khipro, Sanghar district, Sindh province. In 1978, went to his house in Sanghar and told his wife that he was going on a secret mission to Kashmir (Indian held Kashmir) and that if he did not return after two years she should contact General Headquarters (GHQ) of the Pakistan Army who will tell her about his whereabouts.

I have learned that his wife, Mrs. Sattar Bano, married with Captain Khan in 1971, and when did not get any information about him she went to GHQ in 1981 and met with officers up to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. However, she was refused the information about him. She tried again during the military governments of General Zia and General Musharraf and also during the civilian governments of Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Shareef but all her efforts were inconclusive. She has also written different applications to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, who is famous in taking Sou Moto, the Prime Minister and President but she had not receive any response even, from the Supreme Court.

On her application of 18 December 2007 (during General Musharraf’s regime) the Prime Minister’s house forwarded her application to the Secretary of the Ministry of Defence for appropriate action on 14 January 2008. The secretary forwarded it to the joint secretary-4 on 17 January 2008. But since then no action was taken. Mrs. Bano was told that the ministry is waiting for a reply from GHQ. She has also sent an application to General Kiyani, the Chief of Army Staff on 12 July 2011 and she is still waiting for the reply. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has also written to the Chief of Army Staff on 16 August 2011 inquiring after the missing Captain but has received no reply.

Mrs Bano wants to know the whereabouts of her husband and says if he is in Indian custody or if he has died she should be informed properly. She also demands to know as to why the army is withholding the information. She does not believe that her husband is dead and argues that whenever any soldier or officer from armed forces dies an official protocol comes to the house of the dead officer and properly informs the family about the death. This practice was not followed in the case of her husband. She is certain that he is in Indian custody and that the government of Pakistan, particularly thePakistan military does not want to accept the responsibility for his wellbeing as then they will have to accept responsibility for his activities.

According to my opinion the case of Captain Ishtiaq is the gross violation of the right to information as the army and the government are hiding the actual information about him. This case also violates the rights of women where the authorities have paid no respect to a woman who wants to know about her husband. The attitude of the army and others has been to keep her in dark as she is not equal to men and has no right to ask about her problem. Information about the whereabouts of a disappeared officer is the sole responsibility of the authorities.

This is very shocking for me that army and government, both are trying to hide the information about him. If he is dead then it should be informed to his wife in formal way. But I doubt that he might have been arrested in India and Pakistani authorities particularly the Pakistan Amy does not want to take the responsibility of his activities and thus hiding the information.

It is incomprehensible for me that any professional military establishment could not have full and complete records about the activities of one of their officers. The only possible explanation was that Captain Khan was engaged in a secret mission that thearmy does not wish to make known to the public.

I, therefore, urge you to conduct a fair and impartial inquiry in to missing case of Captain Ishtiaq Ali Khan of 25 Baloch Regiment and prosecute the responsible authorities who sent him on secrete mission to Kashmir and are also hiding the information about his disappearance.

Yours sincerely,

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PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

1. Mr. Asif Ali Zardari
President
President’s Secretariat
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Tel: + 92-51-9204801-9214171
Fax: + 92-51-9207458
Email: [email protected]

2. Mr. Yousuf Raza Gillani
Prime Minister
Prime Minister House
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 51 922 1596
Tel: +92 51 920 6111
E-mail: [email protected]

3. Mr. Moula Bakhsh Chandio
Minister for Law, Justice
and Parliamentary Affairs
Ministry of Law, Justice
and Parliamentary Affairs
Islamabad, Pakistan
E-Mail: [email protected]

4. Federal Minister for Human Rights
Ministry of Human Rights
Old US Aid building
Ata Turk Avenue
G-5, Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Fax: +92 51 9204108
Email: [email protected]

5. Dr. Faqir Hussain
Registrar
Supreme Court of Pakistan
Constitution Avenue, Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Fax: + 92 51 9213452
E-mail: [email protected]

6. Mr. Rehman Malik
Minister for Interior
R Block Pak Secretariat
Islamabad
PAKISTAN
Tel: +92 51 9212026 +92 51 9212026
Fax: +92 51 9202624

E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]

via Asian Human Rights Commission 

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30 Comments

  • You live by the sword, die by the sword… Most likely scenario is he went undercover.. And has been caught… SOP dictates that the government will disown him and refuse to recognize him as an officer in the army… A very common practice.. You should really see what the CIA does to its agents…

    • I agree with Hanzla Sajid. I appreciate the concern of the wife, however, as rightly pointed out ‘You live by sword, die by the sword’
      Not that my comments might help but am sure that the Govt & the Army both have disowned the officer!

      • I don’t think so …. USSR and USA used to exchange caught spies on regular basis even at the height of Cold War !

  • If the missing officer family hasn’t approach to the higher authority then they should forget the case of Mr.Khan & the only solution for the victims , pray to Allah for the help & strength to find him. May Allah help her to find his husband. Ameen!

  • It is common for undercover assignments where a person just vanishes and lands somewhere as a totally new identity. He might even get settled there under new name and have a family in India to merge with the environment. This is very common.

    Not sure why his wife and others are creating an issue. This is line of duty and less said the better or else he might get caught and tortured . Once you join the Armed Forces and opt for intel duties these are the norms.

  • This is a genuine case of missing of an army officer.The government must proceed this case and provide full infromation to the family about the missing officer.what government concerned peoples will do when the victims wife catch them on qiyammah.

  • Thanks God he went missing, otherwise he would be ruling the bloody civilians by putting country under another martial law. the country can really prosper and be strong if whole bloody Pak Fauj goes missing.

    • Please open up your minds and do not write such things where people can feel the stincking bad breath out of your bad face, grow up ,,,enemy

  • It may be right to think that it happens during undercover assignments or tasks, and it’s true that when one joins Armed Forces, one’s body and soul are for Pakistan, a soldier belongs to his motherland. But GHQ should have told Mrs. Bano about her husband, Because it’s her right to know about her husband.

    Even if he was on a secret mission and the Govt. and Army don’t want to make known to public,We shouldn’t create a fuss, rather Mr.Kiyani should inform Mrs.Bano about Captain Khan.
    It’s a matter of our respect(respect of Pakistan and Pak Army) and it’s a matter of a woman’s respect , her life and emotions.
    GHQ should inform her about her husband,as soon as possible,in a formal way. It’s a matter of her respect, her life, her dignity.

  • It may be right to think that it happens during undercover assignments or tasks, and it’s true that when one joins Armed Forces, one’s body and soul are for Pakistan, a soldier belongs to his motherland. But GHQ should have told Mrs. Bano about her husband, Because it’s her right to know about her husband.

    Even if he was on a secret mission and the Govt. and Army don’t want to make known to public,We shouldn’t create a fuss, rather Mr.Kiyani should inform Mrs.Bano about Captain Khan.
    It’s a matter of our respect(respect of Pakistan and Pak Army) and it’s a matter of a woman’s respect , her life and emotions.
    GHQ should inform her about her husband,as soon as possible,in a formal way. It’s a matter of her respect, her life, her dignity.

  • Most Probably he got martyred on his mission. May ALLAH rest his soul in peace and give us the strength to continue his mission. to his family i must say that when we join military it becomes our prime most priority and the rest is secondary. Sir Qaimkhani Military and your countrymen are proud of you and they salute you for your bravery and courage. To his family my deep condolences are with you, but your son/husband/brother/father is a martyr of this soil. a proud martyr who will live for eternity.
    Pakistan Zindabad

    • Now a days Pak Army has become a big issue, Who cannot save their soldiers what we think they can protect us,they only feel sorry for it.They only put fore on civilians or they can can fight cold wars.

      we feel very sorry for the Khan Family from the bottom of the Heart.

      • I understand the reason for your ignorance as a civilian …. countries don’t go to war based on one incident …. that too in which the other party says was not deliberate …. and that you also cannot understand …. that even within the own army people die every day in movement and training, and mistakes in exercises and action by friendly fire!

  • Who knows where is this letter coming from,,,, never heard of such a case before, may be our sharp and cunning enemy is designing all this,,,,how ever if this has some truth, please do not write to any one just contact GEO tv or ARY or 50 other channels it can be the main news in 5 mins , so if it has some story ill request the lady bano to contact the news papers and tv in pakistan and see how it goes from there ,,

  • BEING IN ARMY I BELIEVE THAT UNDER COVER JOB IS NOT ASSIGNED LIKE THAT AND OFFR SERVING IN THE UNIT DO NOT GO LIKE THIS…..THERE COULD BE A POSSIBILITY THAT HE MIGHT HAVE GONE MISSING COLLUSIVELY AND NOW LIVING LIFE ELSE WHERE…SECRET MISSION COULD HAVE BEEN TO GO AND RAID A PLACE OF IMPORTANCE AND MIGHT HAVE EMBRACED SHAHDAT.IN THAT CASE WE CAN LABEL IT MISSING IN ACTION BELIEVE KILLED…..REST ALLAH KNOWS.MAY ALLAH GRANT STRENGTH TO FAMILY AND BLESSINGS.AMIN

  • again the so called NGO’S….trying to cash on as they did on mukhtarran mai……shame on them….seems to be fabricated story of NGO;S …hungry for cash

  • yeh i agree …i never heard of this news before? the family should contact geo or ajj tv and they will highlighted it in 5 minutes. may b its a cunning step from enemies or a joke from someone, i m not sure, i ll write to tv , not the president or prime minister.

  • why the army personal are silent.
    army kay 24 jawan america maar kr chala gya army kch na kr saky wo kia protect kr sakty hay soldiers ko ya civilans ko.we are with captain khan.

    • I understand the reason for your ignorance as a civilian …. countries don’t go to war based on one incident …. that too in which the other party says was not deliberate …. and that you also cannot understand …. that even within the own army people die every day in movement and training, and mistakes in exercises and action by friendly fire!

  • It would be entirely inadvertent to post any negative comments on army or Mrs. S Bano in the light of relevant issue…..One should not try to school authorities in handling such class of issues and similarly I request Mrs. S Bano to score other factors of the case, instead verbal gymnastic, compose the beauty of his services in a honourable frame of pride rather than pumping up corn. In advance i say sorry if any area of this post hassled .

  • Being ex Army person, I think Captain was assigned some task of Intelligence resources and he become failed or captured, in this case army did not want to own this captain for clear allegation on behalf of Paki Intelligence. I suggested to Intelleginces to keep on board Mrs, Bano and informed her clear situation and realized her that in is condition her cooperation in need for nation. But I think their is wrong in the bottom of the case which passed 33 years to solve it.
    we should not emotional against army, we are in a global village, and in a village we know how to live with some compromises and some hates according to our own benefits.

  • hmmm why dont u all think that ………. he was an indian ….. on cover came here got commissioned did his job and went back ………… i would like to see somebody coming infront from capts fam like bro sis for proper reasoning ……….may be its my wrong idea …….. wat ever … issue should be solved …its a problem …. can happen to any1.

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