RAWALPINDI: A sensitive agency official has admitted in court on Thursday that a man who went missing two years back is in the agency’s custody for inquiry.
Abdullah Saleh, son of Major Saleh, went missing while travelling from Quetta to Rawalpindi two years ago.
The sensitive agency representative admitted in the Lahore High Court, Rawalpindi registry that Abdullah Saleh was in their custody for inquiry.
The petitioner’s attorney, Inamur Rahim, contended that according to the Army Act 1952 a civilian cannot be arrested and tried by the military.
‘Three months’ to resolve missing persons issue
And if a civilian is arrested, then his family has to be informed within 24 hours of the arrest. This, according to him, did not happen in the case of his client.
Judge Sahid Abbasi directed the federation to explain on next date of hearing – January 9 – why Abdullah Saleh had been taken into custody.
The court also fixed another petition involving the disappearance of two brothers for hearing on Friday. The petition was filed by the mother of the two brothers, Sakina Bibi.
Earlier, the court ruled that every case of missing person could not be referred to the Commission on Enforced Disappearances and that the high court can take up such cases according to the Constitution.
The court directed that cases of enforced disappearance be sent to the high court for hearing.