Justice Chaudhry Iftikhar Hussain on Wednesday gave three more weeks to police to find a doctor of Jinnah Hospital, Dr Ali Abdullah, who went missing some months ago.
Following the court’s directions, Superintendent of Organised Crimes, Umar Virk, and SP (Investigation) Model Town, Abdul Rub, while appearing before the court, said that they had asked reporter Abdul Manan but he had refused to disclose his source. Virk said that they had contacted police from across the country but the doctor was not in their custody. He said they were trying to trace out his motorcycle. The court gave the police three-week time to find the missing doctor.
SP Abdul Rub submitted before the court that the matter should be referred to the commission constituted by the Supreme Court for finding the missing persons. At this, the judge said referring the matter to the commission would be complicated and might involve a lengthy process.
On the other hand, the court turned down the request of Abdul Manan to exempt him from personal appearance before the court in a petition for recovery of an alleged missing doctor of Jinnah Hospital.
The reporter has been appearing before the courts regularly for last eight proceedings on the direction of the court. He had given a story about the abduction of doctor Ali Abdullah by some secret agencies for his alleged involvement in terrorism activities.
The court had summoned him to know the source of his information but he had refused to disclose his source. On the court direction, he had also joined an investigation which declared him innocent.
On Wednesday, Muhammad Azhar Siddique advocate, while appearing on behalf of Manan, submitted before the court that, being an employee, it was very difficult for Manan to appear on every date of hearing before the court. He requested the court to exempt him from personal appearance, as he would appear before the court whenever required.
The judge observed: “It is the job of journalists to roam around in search of news. There might be no problem for him to reach the court for 10 minutes. Until disposal of the petition, he should attend the court proceedings.”
It is worth mentioning here that the Lahore High Court had already referred three cases of missing persons to the commission.
The counsel for the petitioner requested the court to ask some SP rank police officer to investigate Abdul Manan, instead of an ASI, who had already investigated him. He said police officials of ASI rank were incompetent to investigate such matter.
At this, the judge observed that it was not the court’s duty to supervise the investigation.
Justice Chaudhry was hearing a petition of Dr Sarfaraz seeking recovery of his alleged missing son, Dr Ali Abdullah.
Previously, the Defence and Interior ministries, in their written replies, had informed the court that agencies working under their control had no knowledge about the whereabouts of the doctor.
The petitioner had submitted in his petition that his son worked in Jinnah Hospital and had been missing for many days. He had alleged that personnel of secret agencies had abducted his son when he was on his way to home from the hospital.
He had requested the court to issue directions for the federal and provincial government to get his son recovered and produce him before the court.