Bahraini dictatorship tortures, deports Pakistanis

Deported Pakistanis protesting against the Bahrain government. PHOTO: EXPRESS

From the Express Tribune in Pakistan:

Broken promises: Bahrain deports 450 Pakistanis after alleged torture

By Web Desk

Published: March 14, 2013

At least 450 Pakistanis who were sent to Bahrain to join its army were deported back home after allegedly being kept hostage for 19 months, Express News reported on Thursday.

The young Pakistanis, who are all university graduates, were issued visas by the Pakistani government and were promised a job in the Bahrain Army with the starting salary of Rs100,000. The army, however, took the young men hostage and tortured them, according to one of the deportees.

The men were not given food and access to toilets for five days and were not allowed to phone their family and friends back home.

Around 100 more Pakistanis are expected to be deported tomorrow.

The young men, protesting against the Bahrain government, urged the United Nations to take notice of the incident.

Last month, around 700 Pakistani workers were stranded in Saudi Arabia after their passports were taken and they were not allowed to work. A Turkish company had hired these Pakistani workers through different travel and recruiting agencies during 2011 after payment of a hefty sum against visa issuance.

See also here.

With Friends Like These: Bahrain’s U.S.-Backed Military and the National Dialogue: here.

14 thoughts on “Bahraini dictatorship tortures, deports Pakistanis

  1. MANAMA, Bahrain March 14, 2013 (AP)

    Clashes have erupted in Bahrain as anti-government protesters mark the second anniversary of the intervention by a Saudi-led force in the Gulf island’s crisis. …

    The police have fired tear gas and sounds of stun grenades are reverberating across the city. Most roads leading into Manama are closed.

    The protesters are denouncing the intervention two years ago by Saudi and other Gulf troops who arrived in Bahrain to help the Western-backed Sunni monarchy quell a wave of anti-government protests demanding a greater role for the country’s Shiite majority.


    • By AFP

      Published: March 14, 2013

      DUBAI: Bahraini police clashed with youths protesting Thursday against the deployment into a third year of a Gulf military force that backed Manama’s bid to crush a Shia-led uprising, witnesses said.

      Police fired tear gas and sound bombs to disperse hundreds who took to the streets across several Shia villages chanting: “No, no Saudi occupier” and “Down (King) Hamad,” the witnesses said.

      On March 14, 2011, a joint Peninsula Shield Force – led by Sunni Saudi Arabia – rolled into Bahrain to help restore order in the strategic Gulf kingdom where protesters had camped for a month in the capital’s financial centre.

      The Gulf troops continue to protect the kingdom’s vital installations but do not intervene to disperse protests.

      “Bahrain free, free, Peninsula Shield out, out,” chanted the demonstrators, who took to the streets in response to calls for rallies by the clandestine cyber radical group The February 14 Revolution Youth Coalition. …

      The International Federation for Human Rights says around 80 people have been killed in Bahrain since the violence first broke out on February 14, 2011.


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