Pakistanis are ‘being pressed’

Some of the 28 Pakistani migrants living in Athens that claim to have been abducted and tortured by security forces are allegedly coming under pressure from their embassy to withdraw the accusations in what has become a sensitive issue for both Greece and Pakistan. The head of the Unity of Pakistan organization in Athens, Javed Aslam, told a prosecutor investigating the accusations yesterday that his fellow countrymen have been pressured by diplomatic sources into withdrawing their claims. The migrants are claiming that they were kidnapped in July by Greek and British security forces in connection with the London bombings that had taken place 10 days earlier. Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis, who has described the claims as «silly,» is expected to present to a parliamentary committee today information that proves that the abductions could not have taken place.

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