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Action to be taken against jail authorities in view of Cheema’s death report: Azeem

12 May, 2006

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RAWALPINDI: Minister of state for Information and Broadcasting Tariq Azeem termed the death of Amir Abdul Rehman Cheema in German jail as negligence of German police and said that Pakistan government will take action against German jail authorities in the light of the report to be given by investigative team comprising of high level police officers.

The Minister observed this on the occasion of condolence with Prof Nazir Cheema at the residence Shaheed Abdul Rehman Cheema on Thursday.

Responding to media men queries on the occasion, he said that Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz specially sent him to condole with Prof Nazir and for conveying his (Prime Minister’s) sentiments to family members of late Amir Cheema.

He noted that it was for the first time that top ranking Pakistani police officers including Additional Director General FIA Tariq Khosa and Director FIA Chaudhry Tanveer left for Germany to investigate the death of Amir Cheema.

Pakistani investigative team, doctors of Pakistan embassy in Germany and other authorities are jointly probing the death of Amir Cheema, he added.

Mr Azeem said that government would not depend on German police report but it would formulate strategy in the light of the report of Pakistan investigative team.

He said that dereliction on the part of German jail authorities caused Ameer Cheema’s death adding, accident can not be expected where there is strict police system and cameras are installed.

Minister noted that entire nation was undergoing torment due to the shocking incident of death of Amir Cheema in Germany because it is not problem of mere Amir Cheema’s family but of whole nation.

We pay salute to the sentiments of late Amir Cheema and it is our prayer that may Allah Almighty rest his soul in peace, he maintained.

He said that government would fully try to bring the dead body of Amir Cheema in Pakistan during next 72 hours.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Nazir Cheema said that he feels himself a helpless citizen and the death of his son must be investigated.

End.

Reader Comments:

Action to be taken against jail authorities

Mr. Cheema's death is very sad and my condolences goes with his family. German authorities most probably would have done it right or wrong will be investigated and broght into light soon. Pakistan government is not a lame duck and would everything to make sure nothing unlawful act was done on his life and culprits are brought to justice. Opposition parties must try not to make it an issue just for the sake of protests because its wrong to incite violence and that is against the law of Pakistan. Let the investigating teams find out the facts and all should wait.

mohammad, United Arab Emirates - 12 May, 2006

My condolences to Prof Nazir Cheema and his family. The most practical solution to this horrendous crime would be the final report of the German and Pakistani doctors who are in Berlin at the moment. I think if the report if not satisfactory then a full investigation needs to take place with German police station in question. We cannot make this into a political issue between parties a muslim life has been taken and everything should be done inlight of this.

Zeeshan Siddeeq Cheema, United Arab Emirates - 13 May, 2006

It was a very shocked incident for me and my family,because the police of berlin didn't do anything good.In my opinion this is against the law what the police had done with late Amir Cheema.I can't understand why they had blame him of doing nothing.They had put him in jail and nobody knew it,this is so bad.Then he died and the police said he had suicided,but I don't think that he suicided because he knew that suicide is Haram in Islam,and he was a very religious man!There is another thing that I can't understand why the police says now that he was a terrorist,they haven't got any evidence against him.I think this was a unforgetable incident,and it must be!Ok now nobody can do something,but in my opinion the german police in berlin must be punished for this incident!I feel very sorry for late Amir Cheemas family!He hadn't deserved it.

Sayma Cheema, Georgia - 14 May, 2006

What the hell are these police officials and embassy doctors going to decide.If Pakistan govt. was serious about investigating it they should have sent forensic experts.Another Pakistani loses his life.Our life is so cheap

Iqbal Khan, Pakistan - 14 May, 2006

Amir Cheema and Die Welt.



Regarding Die Welt (a German newspaper), death of Amir Cheema, and the response of the Pakistani govt. especially the foreign office constrain me to share with the readers the following excerpt from my book "Memoirs of my stay in Berlin".
Having been disengaged illegally and without any reason from a PhD research project at German Arthritis Research Center (DRFZ), Berlin, I invited attention of various German newspapers towards the highhandedness of the institute vide a letter dated 07.02.03. One of the responses to the letter was from Ms Silvia Meixner (meixner@welt.de) from the English section of the daily Die Welt. On her invitation by e.mail dated February 24, 2003, I spoke to her on telephone number 2591- 73636 which was given by her. She commented, "Your way is contrary to your leaders". I enquired, "What do you mean?" She replied, "They don't raise their heads in front of us". Having listened to this comment, there happened an exchange of hot words and a halt to the conversation consequently. Now, I think she was right. Amir Cheema's case has been dumped and German Ambassador to Pakistan has been offering various incentives to keep the Pakistani head down. We, Pakistanis, still do not know what discussion happened between Amir Cheema and the editorof Die Welt and what happened afterwards in police custody? The German version of the story can't be believed.

Regards,
Yours truly,
Dr.Qaisar Rashid
Lahore, Pakistan.
qaisarrashid@yahoo.com

Dr. Qaisar Rashid, Pakistan - 07 June, 2006

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