The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has sought report on two activists of a banned outfit who went missing last week. Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi of the IHC on Wednesday directed Deputy-Attorney General (DAG) Shabbir Abbasi to submit the report by July 25.
The two members of Hizbut Tahrir (HT), Imran Yousafzai and Hayan Dawar, were allegedly picked up by law enforcement agencies in separate incidents on July 12 and 13 respectively, while they were travelling in their private cars, the defence counsel, Umer Hayat Sindhu informed the court.
The petition was filed by Kamran Yousafzai and Mukhtar Ahmed, fathers of the two men, respectively contended that the police were reluctant to register an FIR despite repeated requests.
Earlier on July 18, the court had issued notices to the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Koral police station to give reason why he had not registered an FIR of the missing men. However, the court was informed by police officials during the hearing that an FIR had indeed been registered under section 365.
The defence counsel said there were no criminal cases against the two men and both were picked up illegally. He requested the court to issue an order for their immediate release and to declare their detention unconstitutional. He also requested that they should not be handed over to any foreign agency.
The DAG informed the court that the case has been referred to the Ministry of Interior’s Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearance. The court directed him to submit a detailed report by July 25.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 21st, 2011.