150 Pak children dumped in Afghan orphanages–>PakObserver

Islamabad—Yvonne Ridley, British Muslim journalist, Thursday slammed the United States for illegally detaining people in Afghanistan and dumping 150 Pakistani children in orphanages.

Afghanistan’s Taliban had picked up Ridley along with her two guides close to the eastern city of Jalalabad in October 2001.

She had been working for Britain’s Sunday Express newspaper when arrested by the Taliban and she later converted to Islamabad.

Yvonne Ridley compared her detention by Taliban with the American detention centres in Afghanistan and said Taliban had respected her privacy but the American troops had forced Pakistani Dr Afia Siddiqi to use male toilet at Bagram air base, north of Kabul.

Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad the British human rights activist said that the American forces are holding two Pakistani women in Bagram and they have now been moved to undisclosed location after she raised the issue two months ago.

Yvonne Ridley said that four or five women, including Arab and Asians, are also detained at Bagram in dark prison.

She said that 150 Pakistani children are also dumped in orphanages across Afghanistan, adding these children wonder what happened to their parents. “It is a matter of humanity. We need to find the missing persons in Afghanistan as they would never come to light if we ignore them,” she said.—NNI