SHC seeks whereabouts of missing man

August 5, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed secretary interior ministry to ascertain whether the missing man, said to be arrested by law enforcement agencies, was detained at Lucky Marwat Internment Center.

A division bench headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar gave this direction on a petition filed by Zia Iqbal, who sought recovery of his brother Azhar Iqbal. The petitioner submitted that his brother was whisked away by law enforcers on May 07, 2011 from Gulzar-e-Hyderi area of the city and since then there was no clue to him.

During pervious hearing, Zia told the judges that he has learnt through the newspaper that his brother was detained at Lucky Marwat Internment Center, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, the news about his detention could not be verified. In order to ascertain if the petitioner’s brother was confined at Lucky Marwat Internment Center, the court asked federal law officer to seek the information from interior ministry and KPK government in this regard and file a report.

When the matter came up for hearing on Wednesday, federal law officer told the judges he wrote several letters to secretary ministry of interior and KPK government, asking them to ascertain the facts but could elicit no response from them.

The court issued notice to secretary ministry of interior for August 20 to either appear himself or depute his subordinate having acquaintance with case and affairs of internment center to inform the court about detention of petitioner’s brother.

Meanwhile the same bench, directed DSP Shaukat Ali to file a report on efforts made by police to locate the missing man Arslan Masood Khan, who has been missing since December 2010. The petitioner Farhan Masood Khan told the judges that his son Arslan Masood Khan was kidnapped from home in Surjani Town on December 11, 2012. Since then he was missing.

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