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October 21, 2010

SHC grants bail to five Awami Ittehad

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October 21, 2010


Granting bail to five Awami Ittehad leaders in six anti-corruption cases, the Sindh High Court (SHC) further restrained the Anti-Corruption Establishment and IG Sindh from arresting them in any case without the court’s permission.
Malik Changez Khan, Malik Waheed, Malik Pahar, Malik Nadir and Sher Dil alias Raja were arrested by the police from the premises of Sessions Court Kotri on October 14 when they came to attend the court proceedings.
Petitioners counsel Khawaja Naveed Ahmed and Abdul Wahab Baloch submitted that the petitioners were politically victimised by the ruling party. They maintained that the SHC directed the police not to harass the petitioners but despite the court’s direction, the Anti-Corruption officials arrested the petitioners from the court premises in cases pertaining to land fraud. They sought protection against police and anti-corruption officials’ harassment and prayed the court to release the petitioners on bail.
Provincial law officer Adnan Karim submitted that the Anti-Corruption did not receive the order of the court and petitioners were arrested in cases that were lodged against them in Anti-Corruption Establishment.
SHC’s single bench comprising Bhajan Das Tejwani after hearing the petition observed that it manifested from the conduct of the police including Anti-Corruption Establishment that they are acting on influence and advise of some political figures and not with bona fide intention.
The court granted protective bail to the petitioners in all cases with a surety of Rs.50, 000 each and in the meantime restrained IG Police and Anti Corruption Establishment from arresting the petitioners in any case without leave of the court. The court observed that this order will be effective for six months and directed petitioners and anti-corruption officials to appear on next date of hearing.
Notice issued to DAG: The SHC Sindh issued notices to Deputy Attorney General (DAG) and director personnel-I

of ministry of foreign affairs in a petition against transfer of a Pakistani Foreign Service official in Yemen.
Ahmed Ali Sirohey, posted as first secretary at Pakistani Embassy in Yemen, filed a petition through his attorney against his transfer in High Commission of Pakistan Abuja, Nigeria. He submitted that the impugned transfer was made without completing the normal tenure of posting. His counsel Nisar A Mujahid stated that the impugned transfer of petitioner is unjustified as no vacancy of the post of first secretary or any other post except the ambassador exists in the High Commission of Abuja. He alleged in the petition that petitioner is being victimised by the Ambassador of High Commission of Pakistan in Yemen at Sana’a after the petitioner acted upon the notice given by the high court for the release of Pakistani citizens detained in Yemen for last three years or so.
He submitted that the respondent foreign affairs officials have taken a hasty and arbitrary decision in the case of the petitioner as not only has the petitioner been deprived of any opportunity of personal hearing but has suffered the trauma of disturbing his ill wife and school going children.
He prayed court to set aside the transfer order and petitioner may be allowed to complete the tenure at the present place of posting. SHC’s division bench, after preliminary hearing of the petition, issued notices to deputy attorney general and director personnel of foreign affairs for October 27.




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