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Many Pakistani citizens are held hostage in Kurdish camps in North Syria, Imran government is not taking back

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Highlights

  • Pak terrorists involved in Islamic State in Syria are also hostage
  • Red Cross has contacted the Government of Pakistan
  • Imran government does not want to take back its citizens

New Delhi
Many Pakistani citizens are held hostage in Kurdish camps in North Syria. According to Intelligence Agency sources, the Red Cross has also contacted the Government of Pakistan in this regard. According to the information received by the Intelligence Agency, about 20 Pakistani nationals are in the Kurdish camp.

Intelligence agency sources quoted an internal report by Pakistan’s Interior Ministry as saying that around 20 Pakistani nationals have been detained in a Kurdish-controlled camp in North Syria since June 2020. There are some civilians in it and some fighters. In Pakistan’s report, the word fighter has been used for those who were fighting for the Islamic State (IS) in northern Syria and were taken hostage by Kurdish during the fighting.

According to the report, the International Committee of Red Cross has approached the Pakistani authorities to send back 4 of these detained Pakistani nationals. But the talks between the International Committee of Red Cross and the Government of Pakistan are not progressing. The talks are stuck over the formality of the process. The Red Cross wants the Pakistani government to accept that its citizens are held hostage in the Kurdish camp and start the process to take the rest of the hostages to Pakistan.

Intelligence agency believes that Pakistan does not want to take back those people under the pressure of ISI and neither does it want to accept it. The Red Cross also needs a guarantee from the government that the hostages will be safe after going to Pakistan and they will not be sent to jail, but Pakistan is not ready to give this guarantee. According to an estimate of the Intelligence Agency, 10 to 15 thousand Pakistani citizens are fighting with and fighting with them in different terrorist groups in Syria.

Many Pakistani nationals are also fighting in Afghanistan against the Afghan Defense Forces. Many Pakistanis have also been killed in Afghanistan in the raid of the Afghan Special Forces. Last year, 32 people were killed in the Kabul University attack on November 2, which was carried out by the ISKP, a face of the ISI and the Haqani network. The Intelligence Agency believes that the way they use sophisticated weapons, it is clear that they are getting state support.



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