Cases registered under sections 365 and 34 of PPC
KARACHI: Hours after prominent lawyer and human rights activist Jibran Nasir was "picked up" from Defence Housing Authority (DHA) area, the port city's police on Friday registered a "kidnapping" case.
The case was registered after Mansha Pasha, the advocate's wife, filed a complaint with the police following the abduction.
The Clifton Police Station registered the case under two sections of the Pakistan Penal Code — 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine a person) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).
Pasha, a renowned actress, told police in an application earlier that her husband was "picked up" by men on Thursday night.
Police were at first, according to Pasha, not registering the FIR. She said she would move the court if the law enforcers did not register the case.
She stated: "On 01.06.2023 at about 11:00 pm, I was returning from dinner with my husband in our personal car ... when a white color Toyota Hilux / Vigo ... intercepted and hit our car from the front-left side and forced us to stop near Ideal Bakery on 26th Street, Defence Phase 5, Karachi."
She further added: "Another vehicle i.e. a Silver Corolla blocked our vehicle from behind and as such, we were surrounded. Some 15 people along with weapons came out from the said vehicles in civil clothes and forced my husband to get out of the car, man-handling him towards the subject vehicle. They then abducted him and took him away and his whereabouts are unknown till now."
In her application, she also requested immediate action be taken to ensure his swift release.
"In light of the above-mentioned situation, I have no other recourse than to approach your office for registration of my complaint for my missing husband. I would be thankful if an immediate action is taken for his swift release. Furthermore, action in accordance with law must be taken against those who abducted my husband," she wrote.
Furthermore, Pasha told Geo News that a protest was being held at 4:00pm at the Karachi Press Club to demand her husband's release.
As the news of Nasir’s abduction went viral, several people and human rights organisations condemned the incident.
Concerned by the abduction, they demanded that Nasir be returned home safely and quickly.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) took to Twitter stating: “HRCP is deeply concerned by reports that lawyer and activist [Jibran Nasir] has been abducted by unknown armed persons in Karachi. We demand that he be safely recovered immediately and his abductors held accountable under the law.”
Prime Minister's Strategic Reforms Salman Sufi also tweeted his support for the human rights activist.
“Very disturbing to hear about [Jibran Nasir] abduction. Hope Sindh police will assist his family and locate him immediately. Jibran has always spoken against violent extremism and rioting. Hoping for his safe and immediate return,” he wrote.
Moreover, Imaan Mazari, the daughter of the former human rights minister Shireen Mazari expressed his dismay at the news.
“No words... complete madness,” she tweeted.