Ministries duty bound to know whereabouts, wellbeing of missing son of Aafia: SHC

May 23, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Thursday noted that foreign affairs and interior ministries are duty bound to be concerned about Salman, missing son of neuroscientist Dr Afia Siddiqui, and extract information regarding his son.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam also observed that if the ministries failed to do so, the court may appoint amicus curiae to assist the court as to whether the USA authorities could be subjected to divulge the information in respect of wellbeing of a citizen of Pakistan.

The counsel for the petitioner told the court that minor Salman, son of Dr Aafia who is purported facing conviction in USA was missing and his whereabouts are still not known. The foreign ministry informed the court that US embassy Islamabad declined to give response in writing; however, it verbally conveyed that any child born in USA automatically gets US citizenship.

Though, the court said that any minor born to Pakistan citizen in USA is a Pakistani citizen as well.

The court directed Javed Farooqi federal law officer to convey the directives of the court to the ministries concerned.

It also appointed Salahuddin Ahmed as amicus curiae to assist the court whether the foreign government or state could be made subject to the jurisdiction of this court to enquire as to the wellbeing and whereabouts of citizens of Pakistan in terms of Article 4 of the constitution.