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Ehsan Arjemandi: Tortured Norwegian Baloch Can Not Stand On His Feet, Says New York Publisher By Ahmar Mustikhan,

2010,12,20

Arjemandi is one victim among more than 1,100 documented cases of enforced disapperances in Balochistan.

.. A New York publisher has appealed to the Pakistan military and its affiliated intelligence services to free Norwegian Balochistan activist Ehsan Arjemandi and has expressed concern that the tortured victim of enforced disapperance is unable even to stand on his feet.

Wendy Johnson, who alongwith Brooklyn writer Annie Nocenti produced the documentary The Baluch and also publishes two web publications Crisis Balochistan and The Baluch, expressed serious concerns over the health conditions of Arjemandi, who is being held at a torture center of the Pakistan army at the Malir Cantonment in Karachi.

In a letter to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, she said, "So today I plead instead to the Pakistani military itself and/or whichever agency holds Ehsan to release him or produce him in court, as last night I received news that Ehsan Arjemandi is being held in Malir Cantonment near the Karachi International Airport. He is reported to be ill and cannot stand up on his own. The fact that Pakistanis have Ehsan Arjemandi in custody was first admitted by Interior Minister Rehman Malik in an interview with Norway Post reporter Atta Ansari on July 26, 2010, almost a year after Arjemandi's abduction from a bus en route to Karachi, Pakistan, on August 2009."

Arjemandi is one victim among more than 1,100 documented cases of enforced disapperances in Balochistan.

Johnson's letter comes in the backdrop of the first-ever serious attempt by the U.S. to discipline the rogue Inter-Services Intlligence, which is accused of running a state within a state. The I.S.I. is dreaded by Pakistan's most powerful civilians, including President Asif Ali Zardari.

"Pakistan holds all the cards," Johnson writes. "The U.S., for some inexplicable reason, despite funding the Pakistan government and military with billions of dollars in aid, will not press Pakistan on human rights abuses for fear Pakistanis will decline to help them in their war in Afghanistan, despite overwhelming evidence that the Pakistan military and ISI already systematically thwart U.S. efforts anyway."

The reason why appears castrated before Pakistan goes far beyond the costly nearly $400-billion war the U.S. is fighting in Afghanistan. Pakistan's ISI appeared to have blackmailed the U.S. into thinking that in case Pakistan disintegrates, the nuclear bomb would fall into Islamist's hands.

"Pakistan would probably disintegrate in short order were it not for U.S. aid, yet the U.S. tip toes around its wishes as though Pakistan were a superpower," Johnson writes.

Johnson is a close personal friend of IntelliBriefs publisher Nagesh Bhushan and exiled Baloch tribal notable the Khan of Katal Mir Suleman Daud.

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Publisher: sr

Source: http://www.examiner.com

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