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Saif Ullah Paracha

Pak citizen released from Guantanamo

ISLAMABAD: A 75-year-old Pakistani, identified as Saif Ullah Paracha, who has been released from Guantanamo Bay after 18 years, has reached home on Saturday (29th October, 2022).

The well-to-do Pakistan-based businessman was apprehended in 2003 from Bangkok and was held at Guantanamo since September 2004. He was suspected of having profound ties with Al-Qaeda.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari took to the Twitter to state: “Mr. Paracha, who was detained in Guantanamo Bay (US), has been released & reached Pakistan on Saturday.

“The Foreign Ministry completed an extensive inter-agency process to facilitate repatriation of Mr. Paracha.

“We are glad that a citizen detained abroad is reunited with his family.”

It is pertinent to mention here that his son Uzair (an IBA graduate) was also nabbed by USA.

Suspected of abetting the militants Uzair was incarcerated for 30 years in 2005.

But five years later a judge dismissed witness accounts against and he was set free. | YouTube Channel

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.