Man seeks court's help to gather evidence against Pak Interior Minister

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Islamabad, May 22 (ANI): Syed Raza Shah, a prominent Pak-origin US businessman of Brooklyn and the main petitioner in a kidnapping case involving Interior Minister Rehman Malik, has approached a court to help him to gather evidence against the latter.

Shah claimed that he was being pressured to withdraw the case by close friends and relatives of Rehman Malik.

In an chat with The Nation on Friday, Shah told that he was kidnapped and brutally tortured in 1994 for revealing that the then additional director FIA Rehman Malik and Punjab Chief Minister Mian Manzoor Wattoo under the pretext of arranging parades and festivals on the National Day of Pakistan were involved in human trafficking with the support of certain FIA officials.

According to him, after he raised his voice against human trafficking, he was kidnapped and brutally tortured by Malik's men. His abductors, besides torturing him, took away important documents and cash from his house, he further said.

Giving details, he said it was in August 1994, when he arrived at Lahore airport to participate in the wedding ceremony of his son, he was arrested and taken to Police Station Temple Road. Just a few hours before the marriage, his house was raided and his son, brother and a neighbour were arrested.

Giving an account of the ordeal, he said a close ally of Malik, Sajjad Haider, investigated him.

"It was like a nightmare. I was not allowed to sleep nor was given any facility," he said.

"On a telegram by Rehman Malik, I was taken to Rawalpindi," he said adding, "All my efforts to secure bail were frustrated, even request for personal bail was also turned down."

He was taken to Adiala Jail without being told about the nature of the crime he had committed. On the third day he along with his son, was taken Mohmand Agency. And were subjected to torture again. (ANI)

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