SHC issues notice in illegal detention case

October 20, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday issued notice to secretary defence, home secretary, Rangers director general, provincial police chief and other police officials to submit their respective replies on a petition against illegal detention of a citizen.

Headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh, a division bench was hearing a petition filed by Muhammad Zahid who moved the court seeking recovery of his cousin. The petitioner alleged that personnel of law enforcement agencies, who were clad in plainclothes, took away his cousin, Sher Malik from his house in Qasba colony and since then he was missing.

He said that he approached SHO Pirabad police station and other higher officials of LEAs to seek his whereabouts but they did not disclose any information about him.

The petitioner said LEAs personnel should have produced him in court of law, if he was involved in any criminal case. He added that his cousin was illegally detained by LEAs and pleaded to the court to order official respondents to produce him in court.

Meanwhile, the bench gave more time to officer of Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa’s home department to submit a report verifying whether Osama Waheed, detained in Lucky Marwat internment center, was involved in any criminal case.

The petitioner submitted that his brothers – Osama Waheed, a computer engineer, and Ajmal Waheed, were whisked away by law enforcers from Karachi airport on July 1, 2011 after their acquittal in a terrorism-related case.

However, he said Ajmal was released later but Osama was still missing. Osama, federal law officer said, was detained in internment center in KP.

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