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Karachi

January 25, 2011

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SHC calls comments in missing persons’ case

SHC calls comments in missing persons’ case
Karachi
The Sindh High Court on Monday directed the secretary defence, the IG Sindh and Home Department to file comments on a petition against the alleged detention of two Baloch cousins by the law enforcement agencies.
The court was hearing the petition of Ms. Ghahawari who submitted that her son Faiz Mohammad and nephew Khan Mohammad were picked up by the personnel of law enforcement and intelligence agencies from her house situated in SITE Block-1 area on November 7 last year.
She said that the detainees have nothing to do with any political activities and they were labourers who used to work on daily wages. She submitted that the police personnel along with intelligence agencies officials did not disclose any charges against the detainees and when the SITE police station was contacted it did not give any reply regarding their whereabouts.
Petitioner’s counsel submitted that the detainees were not produced before any court of law and police did not provide any details of charges against them.
The court was prayed to order production of the detainees and in case they were found in wrongful confinement of law enforcement agencies monetary compensation be given to the petitioner.
Federal law officer informed that comments have been filed by the Secretary Interior and denied arresting or detaining the two cousins by the agencies operating under the control of interior ministry.
SHC’s division bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed directed Secretary Defence, Home Department, TPO SITE and Home Department to file comments along with supporting affidavits regarding the whereabouts of the detainees.
In another case of missing of an official of Gwadar Development Authority, the court directed the federal law officer to file comments of Inter Service Intelligence and Military Intelligence officials with supporting affidavits.
Abid Ali submitted that his brother Mohammed Arif, Assistant Environment Officer at GDA, was picked up by the personnel of law enforcement agencies from Karachi on October 31 last year where he had come for medical treatment.
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