"The players who were innocent people are still suffering from the affects of their horrendous experience behind bars as they underwent lot of mental torture and harassment for no fault at all," Burney
"The image and name of Pakistan was also tarnished because of the unjust action of the Latvian government and its Ministry of interior affairs.
And these players now demand and deserve compensation and justice for the wrong done to them," Burney
When they made reservation for their return to Pakistan for 22nd by Aeroflot via Russia, they were arrested a day before their return on the terrorism charges," Burney
"Their only crime was that they were travelling on the same flight as the Israeli basketball team," he
said the innocent Taekwando players had gone to Riga with legal visas and completing all other legal formalities, but were arrested on November 21 from their hotel on terrorism charges on a crime they had never committed".
"The arrests were made although no weapons or other hazardous materials were found during a search of their hotel but the Latvian authorities suspected them to be terrorists because they were travelling on the same flight as the Israeli basketball players," he
said the arrest of the ten Pakistanis amounted to a discrimination against them because of their religion and nationality, which was why he
had decided to file a compensation claim and fight their case by bringing defamation charges against the Latvian government.
"We can also fight our case that concerns illegal arrest and detention in the International Court of Justice and United Nations Human Rights Commission
This (the suicide threat) might be a political stunt to gain political mileage, Burney
speculated without naming any particular political party.
"However, we must be cautious, as the women may take 'the extreme step' at some other time if their problems are genuine and there is no political motive behind this," he
Mrs Shaheen Burney, Vice Chairperson of the Ansar Burney Welfare Trust International has especially thanked to Gabriele De Ceglie, the Ambassador of Italy to Pakistan, Pak Ambassador in Italy Zaffar Hilali and Deputy Ambassador Qasim Muttaqi for their kind support and cooperation in this matter.
who all the way came to Italy met these prisoners in Jail and informed Italian government for their innocence.
"I am grateful to the Italian government, Italian Justice Court and Italian Ambassador in Pakistan HE
Gabriele De Ceglie, for the kind cooperation Italy had always provided to Ansar Burney Welfare Trust
International in the matters of humanity and human rights, specially in the release of 15 innocents on Ansar Burney Welfare
Trust's appeal," said Mrs. Shaheen Burney
According to details provided by Burney
, the child fell off the camel while being trained for the camel race in Al-Ain Wednesday morning.
As the child fell off, he
was trampled by the camel and is reported to be in a critical condition.
The child's father is by his
, however, said that he
had contacted the embassies of the United States and Pakistan in the UAE.
The political Secretary at the US embassy, Susan K. Raddant, Burney
said, had assured all assistance in this regard on behalf of the US government.
says, the new rules published by the Emirates Camel Racing Federation
In a statement issued on Saturday, Shaheen Burney
appealed to these women to immediately contact the Ansar Burney Trust
, as senior officials of federal as well Sindh government have assured that the grievances of these women would be redressed.
Islam forbids taking one's life and suicide is a sin in all the religions of the world, she