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Hikmat Nafi Shaukat

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Hikmat Nafi Shaukat
Quetta, Pakistan
Releasedearly 2003
Detained atCIA black sites
Charge(s)extrajudicial detention
Occupationmedical doctor

Dr. Hikmat Nafi Shaukat was held in the Central Intelligence Agency's network of black sites.[1] He was seized, in Quetta, Pakistan, on October 16, 2002, by a combined force of Pakistani and US officials.[2][3]

In December 2014 the United States Senate Intelligence Committee released an unclassified summary of its huge report on the CIA's use of torture, which confirmed Shaukat had been held in CIA custody.[4] The Senate report concluded he had been illegally subjected to torture without authorization from CIA headquarters. The Senate report concluded that Shaukat had never been part of al Qaida, he had merely once been neighbors with individuals who later may have joined al Qaida.

The CIA captured him in 2002, and held Shaukat for about two months.[5] The CIA subjected Shaukat to a "regime of sleep deprivation". The CIA quickly confirmed he didn't merit suspicion of playing a role in terrorism himself -- merely of being a former neighbor of suspects.[4][1] He remained in custody even after his innocence was established.

The Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA's use of torture characterized Shaukat as an individual who had been subjected to the "enhanced interrogation techniques" critics consider equivalent to torture, even though the CIA's political masters had turned down requests to use those techniques.

Newsline magazine reported that four men were seized, a week or so after Shaukat was seized, based on coercive interrogation techniques were applied to him.[3] They said he had been seized because officials were curious as to whether he may have treated al Qaeda or Taliban leaders, fleeing the US invasion of nearby Afghanistan.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Emma Roller, Rebecca Nelson (2014-12-10). "What CIA Interrogators Did To 17 Detainees Without Approval". National Journal. Archived from the original on 2014-12-11. Retrieved 2014-12-10. Suspected of being involved with al-Qaida and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear efforts. Though it was determined that his involvement was "limited to personal relationships with former neighbors," he remained in the CIA's custody.
  2. 2002-12-13. "Police asked to produce Iraqi doctor in court". Quetta: Dawn (Pakistan). Retrieved 2017-01-20. In her application she said that on Oct 16 last, 13 persons, including three Americans and nine Pakistanis, broke into her house late in the night and took away her husband with them.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Shahzada Zulfiqar (March 2003). "Silence of the Mullahs". Newsline magazine. Retrieved 2017-01-20. A week later, the FBI picked up four more suspects – two Pakistanis, Haji Fazalullah Baloch, his son-in-law, Haji Khalid Baloch, an Afghan, Qari Mohib ur Rehman, and a Sudanese, Talha, on information allegedly extorted from Shaukat Nafay.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (2015). The Official Senate Report on CIA Torture: Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program. Skyhorse Publishing. p. 16, 102. ISBN 9781634506038. Retrieved 2015-08-10. For example, the Committee did not include among the 26 individuals wrongfully detaineed: Dr. Hikmat Nafi Shaukat, even though it was determined that he was not involved in CBRN efforts and his involvement with al Qa'ida members was limited to personal relationships with former neighbors. Search this book on
  5. "Dr. Hikmat Nafi Shaukat". CIA Detainees. Retrieved 2015-08-10.

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