Missing Persons Case: SHC orders action against police officials for not registering FIRs

May 30, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Expressing extreme displeasure over police officials for their reluctant attitude to register first information reports (FIRs) of missing persons, the Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed the provincial police chief to take action against all such delinquent police officers.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam gave direction while the hearing the petition filed by Nasir Iqbal seeking whereabouts of his brother Babar Iqbal, allegedly picked up by the rangers on May 11, 2013.

Major Ashfaq Ahmed on behalf of Rangers informed the court that he was collecting information from all the field units and would inform the court that whether all such missing person were handed over to local police or not.

During the hearing, the bench noted that FIR of missing person Babar Iqbal was lodged only on yesterday to avoid embarrassment in court. Ali Sher Jhakrani, AIG legal stated that directions have been issued for immediately lodging the FIR of missing persons and if any delay is caused, delinquent officers are dealt seriously.

The court observed that despite its repeated directions FIRs of missing persons is not registered. In response, Ali Sher Jhakrani stated that directions have been issued, which are not being obeyed.

Petitioner, Nasir Iqbal further said that he was repeatedly visiting Firozabad police station but police officials present at police station were not registering FIR. He said that only a day earlier the officers concerned called him to register the FIR to save face.

The bench issued show cause notice to SSP Jamshed Town, SHO Ferozabad police station and directed IG Sindh to take action against them. It also ordered the provincial police chief to issue notice to all the SSPs and SHOs concerned where FIRs are not registered and take action against such delinquent officers.

The hearing of case was adjourned to July 17, 2013.