The Silent Prisoners

30 May
Filmed May 2007. Broadcast in the UK in July and August 2007.

Following the invasion of Afghanistan, and Pakistan's entrance into the 'war on terror', the CIA began a massive manhunt for individuals linked to Al Qaeda and the Taliban. As US warplanes bombed Kandahar, many Afghans fled across the border into Pakistan. President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan offered full support to America's intelligence services in tracking down the alleged terror suspects. His military officially handed over 369 men to the CIA, and received millions of dollars in bounties in return.

However, hundreds of Pakistanis have also gone missing, unaccounted for by the government. Some of them were political activists, some were linked to the Taliban, and others were simply ordinary citizens in the wrong place at the wrong time. The government denies it holds any of them, and claims they went missing of their own accord. Human rights groups say they have been taken by the 'agencies'. This is the story of their families' fight to find their loved ones.

Produced by Hassan Ghani

The Silent Prisoners
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