Untold Stories: Five Pakistanis still in Guantanamo jail

Guantanamo Bay

ISLAMABAD – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has now officially admitted the presence of at least five Pakistani citizens as detainees at famous American jail Guantanamo Bay. 

According to an official communique issued after weekly briefing at ministry of foreign affairs by foreign office spokesperson, the foreign office of Pakistan was unaware of the fact that there were any Pakistanis in Guantanamo Bay jail.

During a routine weekly briefing at foreign office on March 13, one journalist raised a question about whether there were any Pakistanis in infamously famous US offshore jail. Upon which, spokesperson could not give any satisfactory reply.

However, it was only this week’s briefing when spokesperson started the briefing addressing the pertaining issue and admitted the presence of at least five Pakistanis in US prison.

Spokesperson identified those Pakistanis with names of Saifullah Piracha, Majid Khan, Ghulam Ahmed Rabbani, Muhammad Ahmed Rabbani and Ammar Ali Balochi.

“We have, at the moment, five detainees at Guantanamo. In August 2006, a two member Pakistani delegation from the Ministry of Interior visited US Naval facility at Guantanamo Bay. They reported that there were six Pakistani nationals out of the 164 detainees at the Bay. The negotiations continued. In 2011, our Mission in Washington requested the US State Department to grant consular access to the five Pakistani citizens detained. One out of the six had been released,” spokesperson told media representatives.

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