KARACHI: The two officers linked to the Lyari police offensive, SSP Chaudhry Aslam and SSP Khurram Waris, have been summoned by the Sindh High Court to appear on May 15 over the alleged illegal arrest of a man they say armed Lyari’s gangsters.
Shahid Babak was reportedly arrested on April 24 from Thatta in a big sweep by the CID police but the unit declared him as arrested later from Khamosh Colony and then from Mureed Goth in Karachi.His father Khair Muhammad has now filed a petition and is being represented by Salahuddin Gandapur.
The CID police is making different claims and Babak was taken into custody on the alleged charge of providing arms and ammunition to Lyari’s gangsters. His father now fears for his life, Gandapur submitted, requesting the court to look into the circumstances of the alleged arrest and declare it illegal.
The CID police’s claims of arresting three Balochistan Liberation Army members also became controversial as they were already on a list of persons who went missing from Balochistan. SSP Chaudhry Aslam was embroiled in a court case in 2007 and sacked as the chief of the Lyari Task Force over allegations of killing a peasant Rasool Bux Brohi but fobbing it off as having nabbed a notorious dacoit, Mashooq Brohi.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2012.