April 7, 2013
A Pakistani blogger claims she has been unfairly detained in Sri Lanka after arriving in the country to seek protection.
The blogger, who identified herself as Sadia Khan in email to the Colombo Gazette and a statement posted on her blog, mullahmilitarymilitantsandjudiciary.blogspot.com, says she is wanted in Pakistan for giving her opinion about the Pakistan army.
She also says that she has now been detained in Sri Lanka in an attempt to possibly deport her to Pakistan.
The blogger appealed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chief Justice Mohan Peiris to ensure her safety and release.
The Colombo Gazette attempted to verify her claims with the UNHCR in Sri Lanka and the Immigration and Emigration department, but could not reach them.
Her blog post states:
I AM SADIA KHAN A CONVERTED CHRISTIAN AND AN INNOCENT BLOGGER FROM PAKISTAN. IN 2012 I CAME TO SRI LANKA TO SAVE MY LIFE. I HAVE BEEN WRITING WITH AN ANONYMOUS NAME AGAINST PAKISTAN ARMY AND ISI TO BRING PEACE TO PAKISTAN AND ELSE WHERE.
UNFORTUNATELY I GOT EXPOSED. AFTER GETTING EXPOSED I STARTED WRITING WITH MY OWN NAME. SINCE THEN I HAVE A MULTITUDE OF PROBLEMS. I STARTED RECEIVING WRONG CALLS AND I WAS FOLLOWED.
I AM REGISTERED WITH UNHCR AND HAD VALID PASSPORT AND PERMISSION TO STAY.
ON THE 9TH OF MARCH 2013 IMMIGRATION OFFICERS CAME TO OUR HOME. THEY DID NOT HAVE ANY LADY OFFICER WITH THEM. WE SHOWED THEM OUR DOCUMENTS FROM THE WINDOW. THEY INSISTED THAT WE SHOULD OPEN THE DOOR. THEY WERE BANGING AND KICKING THE DOOR AND THREATENED US THAT THEY WILL BREAK THE DOOR OPEN.
WE WERE HORRIFIED WITH THIS SITUATION AND RISKING OUR LIVES MADE OUR WAY OUTSIDE FROM THE 2nd FLOOR BALCONY.
WE WENT TO KANDY AND TALKED TO UNHCR OFFICE. THEY INSTRUCTED US THAT WE SHOULD COME BACK TO COLOMBO AND NO BODY WILL TOUCH US.
UPON THIS REASSURANCE WE CAME BACK TO COLOMBO.
IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES HAD ALREADY GIVEN INSTRUCTIONS TO THE MANAGER OF THE APARTMENTS AND THE TRAFFIC POLICE.
THE TRAFFIC POLICE CALLED THE TAXI DRIVERS PRESENT THERE TO CATCH US. I FELL DOWN. THESE PEOPLE LIFTED ME AND TOUCHED ME VERY INDECENTLY. SOME ONE PULLED MY HEAVY GOLD CHAIN FROM MY NECK.
THEY KEPT HOLDING US BY THE WRISTS FOR ALMOST 30 OR 40 MINUTES BEFORE THE OFFICERS ARRIVED.
IMMIGRATION OFFICERS AGAIN DID NOT HAVE ANY LADY OFFICER WITH THEM. THEY TOOK US TO THE POLICE STATION AND KEPT JOKING WITH EACH OTHER ABOUT OUR EARLIER ESCAPE.
WE WERE BROUGHT TO THE DETENTION CENTER AND OUR PASSPORTS AND UNHCR PERMISSION TO STAY LETTERS WERE CONFISCATED.
20 DAYS HAVE PASSED WE HAVE NOT HEARD A WORD FROM IMMIGRATION OFFICERS. I WROTE TO THE CONTROLLER GENERAL MR PREARA OF THE IMMIGRATION AND ASKED HIM WHY WE ARE KEPT IN DETENTION BUT RECEIVED NO REPLY.
THROUGH SOME RELIABLE SOURCES WHO HAD THE FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE OF ALL THIS I HAVE LEARNT THAT I AM A VICTIM OF A BIGGER CONSPIRACY. PAKISTAN ISI WANTED ME AT ANY COST.. THEY CAME IN TOUCH WITH FRIENDLY SIS AND I AM TRAPPED. PERHAPS ALL THESE DAYS WHILE I WAS IN DETENTION THEY WERE BUSY INVOLVING ME IN A BIGGER CASE AND FABRICATING PROOFS AGAINST ME.
I AM HORRIFIED AND ON THE 2nd OF APRIL HAD A MINOR HEART ATTACK. I WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL MY MOTHER WAS NOT ALLOWED TO SEE ME. I WAS ACCOMPANIED BY MY 11 YEARS OLD SISTER. MY ECG REPORT WAS NOT CLEAR. I SHOULD HAVE GONE THROUGH MORE TESTS BUT MY STAY IN THE HOSPITAL WAS CUT SHORT WHEN IMMIGRATION OFFICERS SPOKE TO THE HOSPITAL. . A DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT THEY HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO DISCHARGE ME FROM THE HOSPITAL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS I WAS A SPY.
WITH A VERY HIGH CHOLESTEROL LEVEL AND WITH A PAINING HEART I WAS RETURNED TO THE DETENTION CENTER.
I APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT AND THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF SRI LANKA TO PROVIDE ME WITH JUSTICE.
WE ARE IN THE RED ZONE WITH A VERY HIGH LEVEL OF THREAT FROM OUR OWN STATE. WE CAME IN TO THE PROTECTION OF SRI LANKA. WE SHOULD NOT BE FALSELY ACCUSED OF CRIMES AND HANDED OVER TO PAKISTAN.
I ALSO REQUEST SIS ( SRI LANKA INTELLIGENCE SERVICE ) TO BE FAIR WITH US AND NOT TO USE A WEAK INNOCENT FRAGILE PEACE LOVING BLOGGER AS A TOOL TO ENHANCE ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH ISI. SIS MIGHT FEEL IN DEBT TO PAK ARMY FOR RESTORATION OF PEACE IN SRI LANKA. YET I SHOULD NOT BE MADE A SACRIFICIAL GOAT.
WAITING FOR THE SPEEDY JUSTICE TO BE DELIVERED