KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC), while expressing anger at the police for failure to recover Saifullah, who has been missing for the last six years, directed Sindh Inspector-General (IG) to get the matter investigated by an Intelligence Bureau (IB) representative.
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Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto remarked that a person has been missing since 2012 and the police did not seem to care and questioned what the Sindh IG and DIGs had been doing. He also warned the police and concerned authorities that if the missing persons weren’t recovered, strict action would be taken against them. He added that the Investigation Officer (IO) and focal person, in the missing persons cases, only work on paper.
Justice Phulpoto said that the IO was incapable of doing anything on his own and the Sindh IG must look into the matter personally. The brother of a missing person named Furqan Khan, Imran, recorded a statement in the court that an IB official, in front of the Investigations SSP, had told him that his brother would be returned to the family. However, his brother has yet to return.
The Investigations SSP said that it is possible that Furqan has a criminal record. The court reprimanded him, questioning how they were unable to ascertain if the man, who has been missing since 2012, had a criminal record or not. The court ordered the IG to get Imran’s statement investigated by an IB representative.
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The court has ordered the authorities concerned and police to recover the missing persons within three weeks and submit a report.
The SHC set aside the sentence awarded to MQM-P sector in-charge Rehan alias Bahari, over charges of possession of illegal weapons and explosives. A two-member bench heard the appeal.
An anti-terrorist court (ATC) had earlier sentenced Bahari for 10-years imprisonment after establishing his guilt. Rangers arrested Bahari in 2016 from Surjani.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 28th, 2018.
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