ISI denies doctor in custody

Published: August 10, 2010

Police stand guard in Jinnah Hospital after the attack. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: The Inter-Services Intell-igence (ISI) said on Monday that Dr Ali Abdullah, the alleged mastermind of the Jinnah Hospital Lahore attack, was not in its custody.

A deputy attorney-general submitted a written reply to the Lahore High Court (LHC) on behalf of the defence ministry’s legal affairs director Lt-Col Sarfaraz Khan. The reply said that according to the ISI’s director-general, a detailed check had been carried out to ascertain the whereabouts of the missing Dr Abdullah and that he was not in their custody.

The LHC was hearing a petition filed by the missing doctor’s father Dr Sarfaraz Ahmed. In his petition, Dr Ahmed said that Dr Abdullah was an employee at the Jinnah Hospital and had been abducted by the ISI while he was on his way home. He requested the court to direct the federal and Punjab government to find his son and produce him before the court.

The petitioner’s counsel Asad Manzoor Butt submitted before the court that an ISI official had been repeatedly threatening Dr Sarfaraz over the phone. Butt said that following court orders, the petitioner had provided the phone numbers to police but the caller was yet to be traced. Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry then asked the investigation officer (IO) of Garden Town police station about the progress that they had made in the investigation? The IO said that they were collecting the data of telephone calls of two numbers provided by Dr Ahmed. Justice Chaudhry directed the investigating officer to trace the caller and inlcude him in the probe.

Justice Chaudhry said that despite a democratic government in place, agencies were still bothering citizens. “If the government is so influential, why are the agencies not in their control?” he said, before adjourning the hearing till August 19.

In previous hearings, the defence ministry had informed the court that Military Intelligence had no knowledge of the whereabouts of the missing doctor but on July 22, intelligence sources had confirmed that they had arrested Dr Abdullah.

Dr Abdullah, 24, had rented a house in Chung area in Lahore, where he provided shelter to the perpetrators of the attacks on Ahmadi places of worship on May 28. After one of the injured attackers, Moaz, was arrested and brought to Jinnah Hospital for treatment, Dr Abdullah planned an attack on the hospital to kill or free him and provided the attackers with maps of the hospital and a vehicle.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2010.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Sher Zaman
    Aug 10, 2010 - 12:56PM

    This guy gave a bad name to this noble profession; I wish him all the bad luck because he resulted in the killings of innocent Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Sabahat
    Aug 10, 2010 - 2:36PM

    what happened to the investigation for the Ahmadi Mosques attack?? all we hear is about hospital attack…. and not report on two mosques attack…. where 86 innocent namazies lost their lives?? Recommend

  • omar farooq
    Aug 10, 2010 - 9:01PM

    Sabahat@
    Why you are saying “Mosques attack”.. Today you are calling it ” Mosque” tomorrow you will give the same name to Church??
    Only say ” worship place”Recommend

  • Anwar Ahmad
    Aug 11, 2010 - 12:59PM

    @Omar farooq

    The law prohibiting Ahmadiyya Places of worship to be called as Masjid applies to Ahmadis only. Any Muslim is free to call them Masjid but many refrain mainly due to fear of mullah and extremists. These laws are not only against the teachings of Quran and Sunnah but also violate UN charters to which Pakistan is a proud signatory. These anti-Ahmadiyya Laws as well as Blasphemy Laws have created hatred in society, put inter-faith peace and harmony in grave danger and thus be repealed as soon as possible.Recommend

  • omar farooq
    Aug 11, 2010 - 6:49PM

    @Anwar Ahmad
    Muslims are refraining due to fear of Mullahs but due to the fear of Allah and love to the last beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallahu Alaihi wassalam. Dont blame Mullah in every wrong thing.Recommend

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