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Pakistani boy, 14, sentenced to death in Iran
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posted June 18, 2001 11:30
By Aamir Shah
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 14 (UPI) -- Azizullah Shenwari, 14, has been sentenced to death on drug charges in Iran, and his family is appealing for help in saving the Pakistani boy's life.
The boy had disappeared from his home in Peshawar in November 1999, his father, Majeed Khan Shenwari , told reporters Thursday in Peshawar.
In November 2000, the family received a letter from an Iranian jail saying that the boy had been arrested in Iran on charges of drug trafficking and sentenced to death by an Iranian court.
Majeed Shenwari appealed to human rights organizations and to the governments of Pakistan and Iran to intervene.
He said the boy had called the family in April 2000, saying that he was working in a factory in Iran and that he had been kidnapped and taken to that country by unidentified people.
In recent years, Pakistan's relations with Iran have suffered a setback owing to a number of factors, including drug trafficking from Pakistan to Iran. In 1999, the two countries signed a pact to curb the drug flow, but the issue is still a major source of friction.
Early this year a U.N. report said Iran, which is located on key drug-trafficking routes between Asia and Europe, has the worst drug-abuse problem in the Middle East. The report said opium and heroin addiction rates in Iran and Pakistan are among the highest in the world.
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