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    Niaz A. Naik "Tortured To Death"

    Niaz A Naik ‘tortured to death’

    By Shakeel Anjum
    Sunday, August 09, 2009

    ISLAMABAD: Former foreign secretary Niaz A Naik was found dead in mysterious circumstances at his residence in Sector F-7/3 on Saturday, police said. He was 82.

    Naik’s body was shifted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) where its autopsy was conducted.

    Naik had apparently died three to four days back but since he was living alone, nobody knew about it until a neighbour reported foul smell emanating from his house. Naik was a bachelor and had never married.

    Talking to The News, PIMS spokesman Dr Waseem Khawaja, while quoting a medico-legal report, said that the lower jaw and four right ribs of Naik were found broken. He said that cuts or bruises on the body could not be detected because the skin had started peeling off due to decomposition.

    The Kohsar police said that a party was sent to Naik’s house, which was locked from inside. However, some police personnel managed to enter it and found Naik dead, lying in his bed, his right arm placed over his forehead.

    Dr Khawaja said that Naik’s body was decomposed and it was difficult to identify it. “Ascertainment of the actual cause of death could be difficult due to decomposition,” Dr Khawaja said.

    However, viscera (internal organs of the body) have been sent for histopathology and chemical examination to know the exact cause of his death, he added.

    The spokesman of the PIMS did not rule out the strong possibility of murder, saying that the preliminary medico-legal report strengthened the doubts of homicide after torture.

    It is pertinent to know that on December 18, 2005, two of Naik’s domestic servants — Masood Khan, son of Shah Zaiwar, and Usman Ali, son of Mairaj Ali, both hailing from Charsadda, had looted his house and decamped with valuables after having tied him with a rope. The Kohsar police had registered a case against the nominated accused under Sections 382/34 PPC on the complaint of Niaz Naik. Both accused were arrested after some time and stolen articles and foreign currency were recovered from their possession. Both ended up in jail. The police are checking whether they had been released and in such an eventuality an act of vengeance on their part was not being ruled out.

    Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Islamabad, Syed Kaleem Imam, told The News that the police would investigate all the aspects, adding that the accused involved in looting would, definitely, be interrogated.

    Naik, Pakistan’s former high commissioner to India, was involved in backchannel parleys with R K Mishra, a close aide of then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, during the Kargil conflict. At the time, the two sides had come close to a deal to end the conflict in June 1999. Naik was engaged in the Track-II diplomacy with India and frequently visited New Delhi for the purpose. He was the 16th foreign secretary of Pakistan from July 11, 1982 to May 30, 1986.

    APP adds: President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and others have expressed deep grief and shock over the sad demise of Niaz A Naik.
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    Back-channel talks icon Niaz Naik found dead

    By Baqir Sajjad Syed and Munawer Azeem
    Sunday, 09 Aug, 2009

    ISLAMABAD: Ambassador Niaz A. Naik, who served as the country’s foreign secretary during the mid-eighties but shot to fame as an architect of Pakistan-India back-channel diplomacy, was found dead at his residence on Saturday. He was 83.

    Mr Naik was unmarried and had been living alone. It is believed that he may have died three or four days ago. There were conflicting claims about the cause of his death.

    Initially, it was said that he died of natural causes, but a preliminary autopsy suggested that he had been murdered.

    A post-mortem at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences said four of Mr Naik’s right side ribs were broken and he had signs of trauma on his right lung and liver, indicating that he might have been subjected to torture. Additionally, injuries were found on other body parts, including the jaw and the neck.

    A senior police official, talking to Dawn, said: ‘Possibility of murder cannot be ruled out.’

    Whether it was a murder or not would be established only after a report on the chemical examination of his body samples was available. The report is expected on Monday.

    Mr Naik’s death came to light after Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir’s phone calls to him went unattended. Mr Bashir then sent an official of the Foreign Office to Mr Naik’s house.

    The official found the house locked from inside, but foul smell emanating from inside the house made him suspicious.

    He reported this to the foreign secretary, who requested the police to break open the house. Mr Naik’s body was lying on the floor, when the police team entered the house.

    Mr Naik had migrated to Pakistan from Indian Punjab and joined Foreign Service in 1949. He held various diplomatic positions before rising to the office of the foreign secretary.

    He spent a significant part of his career serving in various capacities at the Pakistani missions at the UN in New York and Geneva.

    Known for his calm, politeness and gentle voice and shiny eyes, Mr Naik devoted his energies to bringing about a reconciliation between Pakistan and India.

    As a foreign secretary he played a key role in the signing of pacts with India on trade, visas and defence.

    After his retirement, Mr Naik got involved in the Neemrana Initiative — a Track-II project featuring eminent personalities from both sides of the border.

    Mr Nawaz Sharif’s landslide victory in 1997 saw the two South Asian countries embarking on a path of normalisation after decades of hostility. Modelled on the Palestinian-Israeli Oslo talks, Mr Sharif, after Prime Minister Vajpayee’s memorable sojourn to Lahore in February 1999, picked Mr Naik as his point man for back-channel diplomacy.

    On the other side of the border, Mr Vajpayee appointed Mr R.K. Misra, a newspaper editor, as India’s representative at the back-channel diplomacy.

    The two back channel men started off the dialogue process in obscurity in New Delhi away from the media glare. It is said that Mr Naik had travelled incognito to New Delhi to avoid public attention.

    During the 1999 Kargil war Mr Naik and Mr Misra were probably the only channel of communication left open between the two countries which were on the brink of war.

    Although Mr Naik’s formula for ending the crisis failed because Mr Vajpayee is said to have backed out of the agreement at the last moment, but days later Washington brokered a deal which almost mirrored Mr Naik’s plan except for minor changes.

    The back-channel talks, meanwhile, became exposed and Mr Naik’s cover was blown. The Foreign Office till his death continued benefiting from his experience and he was regularly consulted on important issues by the government.

    Condolences started flowing in as the news of his death broke. In his condolence message, the President said that Mr Niaz A. Naik would be remembered for his great contribution to the country.

    Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death of former foreign secretary.

    ‘Mr Niaz A. Naik was a distinguished diplomat who served Pakistan with great commitment and professionalism,’ an official statement quoted Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi as saying.

    ‘The foreign ministry and the nation will always remember his services,’ Mr Qureshi added. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a separate statement, noted: ‘Mr Niaz A. Naik was an eminent diplomat who served the nation with great pride and distinction. He made his mark in both bilateral and multilateral diplomacy’.

    Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir said Mr Naik was an illustrious member of the Foreign Service of Pakistan, imbued with exemplary commitment to safeguarding and promoting Pakistan’s interests in the bilateral and multilateral realms.
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    Niaz A. Naik dead

    ISLAMABAD: Niaz A. Naik, a pioneer of “Track 2” and backchannel diplomacy between India and Pakistan, was found dead at his home here on Saturday.

    Police were treating the death of the 82-year-old former Foreign Secretary as suspicious after an autopsy on his body found that his ribs and jaw were broken.

    Mr. Naik, who lived by himself, is believed to have been dead for three or four days. His body was found after neighbours complained of a foul smell from the house.

    Considered an outstanding diplomat, Mr. Naik represented his country in Paris, Moscow, New Delhi and the United Nations. But he was more famous in his post-retirement role as Nawaz Sharif’s back channel negotiator with India in 1999.

    Over five days from March 27 to April 1 that year, he and R. K. Mishra, the late chairman of the Observer group of newspapers, the back channel emissary of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, secretly brainstormed on a solution to the Kashmir problem.

    The mission was not known to anyone except the two Prime Ministers. News about it emerged much later. It is another matter that the effort bore no fruit. The Naik-Mishra back channel was also active during the Kargil crisis.

    Even before he donned the role of the secret emissary, Mr. Naik was involved for several years in the India-Pakistan Neemrana dialogues, which brought together former diplomats, civilian and military officials and scholars from both sides, in an effort to foster better understanding between the two sides.

    The Track 2 dialogues are credited with some of the most important advances in the peace process following the 2001-2002 standoff. They are widely held to have formed the basis for the 2003 LoC ceasefire and the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service of 2004.
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    Niaz Naik found 'murdered'

    By: Maqsood Tirmizi | Published: August 09, 2009

    ISLAMABAD - Architect of Pakistan’s 'track 2 diplomacy' with India and former foreign secretary Niaz A Naik was found 'murdered' Saturday at his residence in sector F-7/3 of the federal capital.

    Superintendent Police Nasir Aftab, while giving details of how police came to know of the death of Niaz A Naik, said that Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir earlier in the day (Saturday) tried to contact Naik on his phone but after failing to do so, he sent his official staff to the former foreign secretary’s residence and despite repeated knockings, no one opened the door.

    The SP further said that on having no reply, the foreign ministry’s staff contacted police that broke the door and found Niaz A Naik dead. He said that the dead body was shifted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences for autopsy.

    To a question, the SP told that Niaz A Naik was single and lived alone in his home. However, he said that it would be too early to say anything before autopsy and police would be able to ascertain after the autopsy report whether it was a murder or a natural death.

    The police official also said that after sending the dead body to hospital, police have sealed the house of Niaz A Naik, while some evidences were also collected from the place.

    Later, a spokesman of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences Dr Waseem Khawaja while talking about the post-mortem report said that Naik had died two or three days ago, so his face was badly damaged. He also said that four ribs were broken, liver and lungs were also damaged.

    He said that the body of the former foreign secretary was in a sleeping posture when it was brought to the hospital and there were no symptoms of resistance from his side.

    He added that there was a scar on his neck but he did not exactly tell if it was a sign of torture or something else. The PIMS spokesman said that the samples of some other parts of the body have been sent to forensic laboratory for further tests and after that situation would be much clearer.
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