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Pakistanis stuck in limbo in Afghan prison, report says

Fatima Bibi held a picture of her husband, Iftikhar Ahmed, who is being held at a prison in Afghanistan.

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Fatima Bibi held a picture of her husband, Iftikhar Ahmed, who is being held at a prison in Afghanistan.

ISLAMABAD — Dozens of Pakistani prisoners held by the United States at an Afghan prison have been stuck in limbo for years, a Pakistani legal advocacy group trying to bring attention to their situation said in a report issued Wednesday.

Holding up their return are concerns by US officials that the detainees might return to the battlefield or face inhumane treatment after returning to Pakistan, the group said in its report.

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The report was based on interviews with ex-detainees, relatives of current detainees, US officials, Pakistani officials, and documents obtained under Freedom of Information requests made by the American Civil Liberties Union.

About 40 of the detainees at the prison are believed to be Pakistani, and most were taken into custody by US forces following the invasion of Afghanistan.

‘‘We found that there is absolute confusion on what needs to be done to bring these people home,’’ Sarah Belal, Justice Project Pakistan’s director, told reporters.

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