The Pakistan government has requested the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities to apprise it of the latest status of Dr Akmal Waheed’s trial, a Pakistani doctor who is facing proceedings in the UAE for having alleged links with terrorist organisations, but the response is still awaited, a foreign ministry official told the Sindh High Court on Friday.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs official Nadeem Khan made this submission before the court while giving details of the efforts being made for the release of Dr. Akmal and his brother Asad Waheed, who were detained by the UAE authorities since April, 2010. The court was hearing a petition for the release of two Pakistani brothers from the custody of UAE intelligence agencies.
Pakistani cardiac specialist Dr Akmal Waheed and his brother Asad Waheed, who had been working at the Raisul Khaima Medical Duty and Dental College in UAE for the last couple of years, were detained by UAE intelligence agencies on April, 2010 along with their five other Pakistani colleagues.
Dr Akmal had earlier been accused of having links with Al-Qaeda, attacking the convoy of the Karachi corps commander in 2004 and providing financial aid to the banned Jundullah activists. However, he has been cleared of all these charges. He later migrated to the UAE along with his family to work at the said hospital.
Ajmal Waheed, a brother of the detained Pakistan doctors, has submitted that his brothers and their other Pakistani colleagues ó Dr Ayaz, Faraz Nasir and Dr Waseem ó were detained by the UAE authorities since April 4, 2010, and expressed the fear that they might be shifted to Guantanamo Bay with the consent of the Pakistani government.
He submitted that the lives of these detainees were in danger and they could be tortured to death by UAE intelligence officials.
In compliance of the court directives, Deputy Chief of Protocol M. Nadeem Khan said that the detention matter of Dr. Akmal Waheed was taken up with the UAE government which confirmed that Akmal was arrested by the UAE intelligence agencies along with Dr. Ayaz Ali Khan on April 5 from Ras-Al-Khaima on the charges of their alleged link with the terrorist organization. He submitted that Dr. Ayaz was deported by the UAE authorities while the case of Dr. Akmal was referred to the court for legal proceedings.
He said that the Pakistan’s ambassador to UAE met the under secretary general consular and legal affairs at the local foreign office and requested him for information on the latest status of Dr. Akmal and his brother Asad. He said that the under secretary general promised to get back to him on the status of the case, however, response was still awaited. The foreign official said that the matter was being pursued and assured the court that the office would continue making best efforts for complying with the court order.
SHC’s division bench headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam asked the federal law officer to apprise about the immigration of Dr. Ayaz who was deported from UAE, and adjourned the hearing for a date in office.
It is pertinent to mention here that Ajmal Waheed, who filed petition against the detention of Dr. Akmal and Asad, was allegedly picked up by the personnel of law enforcement agencies in July when he along with his another brother Osama Waheed arrived in Karachi from Islamabad in an Air Blue flight.
Detention case: The Sindh High Court issued notices to Ministry of Interior, Home Department and Mochko police on a petition against the alleged detention of a man by law enforcement agencies.
Petitioner Syed Ahmed Ali Shah submitted that his brother Syed Qasim Ali Shah was picked up by the personnel of law enforcement agencies on May 29 when he was going to his shop in Gulshan-e-Ghazi area in Baldia Town.
Meanwhile, the same bench directed the superintendent jail to file comments on the complaints of convicted prisoners who accused the jail authorities of subjecting them to torture and keeping them in inhuman condition.
The direction came on the petition of prisoners Zafar Iqbal and Tariq Hameed
who alleged that the jail authorities were keeping them in solitary confinement and not providing them facilities as per the jail manual and prisoners’ rules.