KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued on Monday notices to the provincial police IG and the Rangers director-general on a petition challenging the detention of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Rabita Committee's deputy convener Shahid Pasha.
A division bench, headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan, also issued notices to the deputy attorney-general and advocate-general to file comments of the chiefs of both law enforcement agencies by April 11.
The judges were informed that the Rangers personnel had taken Pasha into custody during a pre-dawn raid at his Gulistan-e-Jauhar residence on Monday. It was stated in the petition that the personnel did not produce an arrest warrant nor did they give any other documentary proof authorising them to take him into custody. The court was pleaded to direct the police and Rangers to disclose the whereabouts of the MQM deputy convener. The bench issued notices to the interior secretary, the provincial home secretary, the Sindh IG, the Rangers DG, the South DIG and others for April 11.
Other missing persons
The same bench also issued notices on several other petitions challenging the unlawful detention of citizens allegedly by law enforcement agencies.
The petitioners said that their relatives — including Muhammad Haroon, Faraz, Imran, Shahid alias Babloo, Rashid Baloch, Javed Gul and others - were taken into custody by police and Rangers personnel from different localities of the city. They alleged that the law enforcers had detained their relatives but they had not been produced in any court of law. The law enforcers are not divulging information about their whereabouts either, they added. The bench, also comprising Justice Zafar Ahmed Rajput, issued notices to the Sindh IG, Rangers DG and the relevant DIGs and SHOs to file their comments by April 11.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 22nd, 2016.
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