Akhlas Akhlaq

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Akhlas Ahmed Akhlaq (born July 17, 1981 in Volgograd, USSR Died December 21, 2014 in Islamabad, Pakistan[1][2]) was a Soviet/Russian citizen who, in the year 2005, was convicted by Pakistani authorities on the plot to kill the then president and military chief Pervez Musharraf. All he, his family and lawyer have denied the charge. Russian diplomats attached to the embassy in Islamabad have all claimed that he was denied counselor support or any contact with them.[3]

Background

Akhlas Akhlaq was a Russian citizen born in the Soviet city of Volgograd in the year 1981. He was born to a Soviet mother and a Pakistani father of Kashmiri ethnicity. He later moved to Pakistan as an adult to help his father with his business.[4] On the way there, he along with his brother, stopped in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. Once there, they were short of money and their father contacted the Pakistani ambassador, whom was a friend of his to lend them some money. They also applied for a Pakistani visa at the embassy. They arrived in Karachi, Pakistan in March 2001 and stayed with their father there.

Arrest and execution

More than two years later in December 2003, Akhlas disappeared in a district in Azad Kashmir and was reportedly arrested by members of the Pakistani military intelligence. His father alleged that he was told by an intelligence agent that he would risk compromising his sons safety if he reported his sons conditions.

Other rumours had surfaced on the Internet that he attempted to evade arrest and was pursued by Rangers up till the Russian embassy and took refuge there while the Rangers surrounded the embassy, until he came out.[citation needed]

Akhlaq was charged in a military court and found guilty of terrorism in an alleged attempt to murder Pervez Musharraf. His mother claimed to have lost all contact with him in 2001.[5] His execution was postponed as the death penalty has been suspended under former president Asif Zardari's era. But following the 2014 Peshawar school massacre, it was restored under the current Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Akhlaq was shortly later executed in a jail in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad.[6][7] The execution was shortly postponed until his mother arrived in Pakistan and so that he could meet his parents before he would be put to death. His mother claimed that her son was charged and executed "for nothing" and no evidence has been provided at all for his involvement in the assassination attempt.[8]

Dawn News later reported that the body of the executed Akhlaq had gone missing for about two days before being found.[9] Following the execution and lack of evidence presented to support the verdict, the Russian Foreign Ministry claimed that it would work in the future to prevent the execution of its citizens abroad.[10] The Russian embassy in Islamabad also stated that they regretted that Pakistani officials failed to inform them their decision to proceed with the death sentence against the accused individual.[11] It was also rumored that a Russian delegation's visit to Pakistan had been snubbed over the Pakistani government's refusal to respond to the embassy's pleas to allow consular access and assistance to the individual's case.[12]

References

  1. ^ Azeem, Munawer (2 February 2015). "'Hanged Russian's body went missing for two days'". 
  2. ^ https://life.ru/t/новости/147440
  3. ^ "BBC NEWS | South Asia | 'Russian plotter' passport probe". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Russian Citizen Faces Death Penalty in Pakistan Without Evidence of Crime". sputniknews.com. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "Russians cancel trip over 'consular access snub' - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  6. ^ ""My Son Was Framed, Executed for Nothing": Akhlaq's Mother". sputniknews.com. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Russian citizen executed in Pakistan, officials confirm to embassy". RT International. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "Pakistan delays execution of Akhlaq until arrival of mother". www.tert.am. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  9. ^ Azeem, Munawer (2 February 2015). "'Hanged Russian's body went missing for two days'". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  10. ^ "Russia will work to prevent execution of its nationals abroad - official". RAPSI. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the execution of Akhlas Akhlaq". Посольство России в Великобритании. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  12. ^ "Why Russian delegation canceled their Pak trip - Rediff.com India News". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
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