The family of Gul Rahman is still trying to recover his remains for burial, months after learning that he was stripped naked, doused in cold water and then left to die in a CIArun Afghan prison known as the Salt Pit, reported on Saturday, quoting an American news agency. Suspected of links to AlQaeda, Rahman was picked up in the early morning hours of Oct 29, 2002 from a home in Islamabad and taken with four other people to a CIA black site called the Salt Pit near Kabul Airport. Rahman died Nov 20, 2002, but his identity was not known until revealed by an investigation in March. Since then, appeals by his family for his remains have gone unanswered. It has been a mental torture for his family, said Dr Gharat Baheer, who was picked up with Gul Rahman. Baheer spent six months at the Salt Pit and six years in Afghan prisons before being released in 2008. Baheer said the family has yet to even receive confirmation of his death from the United States. His wife and his mother are in agony, said Baheer. They want to have a religious ceremony. Baheer, who spoke to the news agency last week, is in regular touch with Rahmans family, who he says are living in a refugee camp outside Peshawar. Baheer said they fear that if they protest too loudly, the US will press Pakistan to harass them or even expel them from the country. Rahmans brother, Habib Rahman, said his family hopes US authorities will return the remains. We want them to let us give him a religious burial, he said. The CIA declined to comment on the return of Rahmans remains. The agency has said that its detention and interrogation programme is over and its focused on preventing future terrorist attacks. A Freedom of Information Act request for Rahmans autopsy report was rejected a decision upheld on appeal by the Justice Department in November. The Rahman family has sought the help of the International Committee for the Red Cross both in Peshawar and in Afghanistan. But the Red Cross isnt able to get anything from the Americans, Baheer said.