Fearing that the outgoing spymater may leave the country, the counsel for missing persons petitioned the Supreme Court on Tuesday to place his name on the Exit Control List (ECL).
The petitioner, Advocate Tariq Assad, argued that the missing persons case is still pending before the court, while Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt-Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha is due to retire on March 18 and there are chances that he might leave the country.
Around 3,000 people are still in ISI custody at centres set up on Pasha’s orders, the petition states, adding it would be better if the outgoing chief is bound by the court to stay in Pakistan till the case is resolved.
“He may be of great assistance in resolving all cases of missing persons,” the petitioner stated.
Eleven missing persons had been “abducted on May 29, 2010 by the DG ISI after their release orders were passed by the Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench, the petition stated.
It adds that Pasha, in a statement before the court on December 9, 2010 and June 1, 2011, had said that they had arrested the men who would be tried under Army Act 1952, and are therefore were not in illegal confinement.
“But they were never tried under the Army Act and four of them died in the custody of ISI,” the petition adds.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 14th, 2012.