Information on the PSF [PAK4539]

A 1982 report from Amnesty International mentions the People's Student Federation (PSF) and states that it supports the Pakistan People's Party (PPP). After elections in November 1988, that party, led by Benazir Bhutto, gained a majority in the Pakistani parliament, with Bhutto subsequently becoming Prime Minister. [Amnesty International, Pakistan: Human rights violations and the decline of the rule of law (London: Amnesty International Publications, 1982), p. 22; U.S. Department of State, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1988 (Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989), p. 1461.]

Student groups have played a central role in recent violence in the province of Sindh. In early February 1990, about 100 were reportedly kidnapped by student groups. The Sindhi government accused the Mohajir Qaumi Movement (MQM) of orchestrating the kidnappings and stated that the majority of those abducted were supporters of the PPP. The MQM responded that pro-Bhutto student groups were responsible. ["Student groups kidnap 100 in Karachi," The Globe and Mail, 5 February 1990, p. A9.]

Please find attached a 1983 report that also refers to the PSF. It remains unclear whether the PSF referred to in the request, is the same group as the one mentioned in the sources cited above.