KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notices to the Provincial Home Secretary, Sindh Advocate General and Superintendent of Malir jail in a petition challenging the detention of Afaq Ahmed on Thursday, reported Express 24/7.
The detention order of Mohajir Qaumi Movement- Haqiqi (MQM-H) leader Afaq Ahmed under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) ordinance was challenged in the SHC earlier on Thursday.
An office bearer of a welfare organization Iqbal Kazmi filed a petition saying that the detention of Ahmed is a clear violation of the constitution and human rights.
The petitioner sought suspension of the detention order and Ahmed’s immediate release.
A divison bench comprising of Sindh High Court Chief Justice Musheer Alam and Justice Imam Baksh Baloch sought a reply from the respondents within a week.
Inspector General (IG) of Sindh Police Wajid Durrani said that the detention of Ahmed was only for one month under the MPO.
“It is not for an indefinite period or permanent,” he said while talking to the media after attending the proceedings of the suo motu case in Karachi on Thursday.
The IG said that Ahmed was detained for one month following a police report, in which it was apprehended that his release could cause serious law and order situation in the metropolis.
He added that the MQM-H leader will be released as soon as the concerns of the police department regarding law and order situation are removed.
On Wednesday, when Ahmed was expected to be released from the Malir district jail on a bail after seven years of detention, Section 144 was imposed on him and he was detained for another month under the MPO.
Earlier on Monday, he was granted bail on condition of submitting Rs1 million as a surety bond by the SHC in his last pending case – the murder of an activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in 2009.
The MQM-H supporters who had gathered outside the jail to welcome Ahmed on his release turned violent and started protesting as soon as his detention orders were announced.