Bahrain deports 450 Pakistanis after alleged torture

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  1. Daredevil

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    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. :rofl:

    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.

    Broken promises: Bahrain deports 450 Pakistanis after alleged torture – The Express Tribune
     
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    Ummah is discarding the Pakistan and Pakistanis. :laugh:
     
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    Where was the Arabian Muslim Brotherhood??? :why:
     
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    This is interesting in the broader context of the improving Pakistan-Iran relationship and the tense Pakistan-Saudi relationship.

    I was actually wondering about the impact of the Iran-Pakistan relationship on the support Pakistan provided to the Bahraini government, supposedly at the behest of the Saudis, and this particular incident might answer that question.

    Yet another step towards a realignment of the Pakistan-Gulf Arab relationship perhaps?
     
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    rock127 Maulana Rockullah Senior Member

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    So you mean there is Shia-Sunni angle to this??
     
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    what you are doing is postmortem.

    The article clearly mentions that these men were sent by Pakistani establishment to join Bahraini army.

    What made your government to wait for 19 long months?

    What was your envoy doing in Bahrain?

    Is this a case of cheating?

    Why did Bahrain army torture them?

    what is the established framework for Pakistani nationals to serve in Bahraini army?

    First answer the above questions.
     
  8. Agnostic Muslim

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    Of course - the Bahraini protests were led by the majority Shia community against the Sunni monarchy. The Sunni monarchy in Bahrain receives a lot of Saudi support because of the potential impact any Shia uprising in Bahrain on the Saudi Shia population. Iran is also suspected of supporting the Shia populations in both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, so any increased Pakistan-Iran cooperation would probably invite blow-back from the Saudi and Bahrain Monarchies.
     
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    more like Sunni-wahabi GCC sheik Ummah :taunt::p:thumb:
     
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    @ Agnostic muslim u guys r seriously taking risk while befriending ur shia neighbour........ i hope u guys must have thought abt pakis in GCC hukumat.........:rolleyes::sad:
     
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    What else would you call the analysis of incidents after they have occurred?

    I mentioned that in my post, so I fail to understand your point in mentioning it.
    Did the Pakistani government wait for 19 long months or did the Bahraini government refuse to release them for 19 long months?
    Why would any diplomat be in another country?
    It is, IMO, part of shifting regional dynamics as I have attempted to explain in my earlier posts on this thread.
    I believe there is no established framework - this was a unique situation that arose because of the Shia protests in Bahrain. The Pakistani nationals were induced to apply for recruitment in the Bahraini Army with promises of compensation (including possible citizenship) like they would have been for any other commercial position.
     
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    Some of the comments on the Express Tribune appear to suggest that the individuals deported were Shia or suspected of being Shia by the Bahraini government.

     
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    Damn, I thought only in Pakistan the Shias were persecuted. :tsk:
     
  14. Agnostic Muslim

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    It is a balancing act on both sides - Pakistan does not want to alienate the Gulf Arab States completely because of the economic links and large Pakistani diaspora, and at the same time the Gulf Arab States would probably not want to completely lose all influence over Pakistan and drive her into an even deeper relationship with Iran.
     
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    You will find it interesting to contrast the views of some commentators who are virulently anti-Assad and strongly advocate increased military and economic assistance for the Syrian rebels, with the views of these very same individuals on the Shia protests in Bahrain against the Sunni Bahraini monarchy.

    The ideology of the groups persecuting the Shia in Pakistan is a result of decades of Gulf Arab money and extremist anti-Shia ideology pouring into Pakistan.
     
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    during the arab spring in Bahrain 2011 i watched on youtube that some arab Bahraini women in pure arab accent on al-jazeera were like shouting no police/army jobs should be given 2 syrian n paki men........
     
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    Here you mean one word "Wahabi" .. right ??
     
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    ever u have seen sectarian violence in Iraq on youtube my god the geo-political scenario is like torture-chamber when compared 2 pak....pak is still 60-40 when it comes shia-sunni LeJ produced volence.........
     
  19. Agnostic Muslim

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    Well, I don't like generalizing the entire community, but it is true that almost all Wahabis I have engaged with hold strong anti-Shia views.
     
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    Have you ever wondered whether the US backed out of overthrowing Saddam and pulled out its support for the Shia led uprising against him after the first Gulf War because of Saudi pressure and influence?
     
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    Letting people work for foreign army is not equal to applying for any commercial position
     
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