Missing persons: High court issues notices to K-P police chief and AIG elite force

CJ PHC issued directives to provide funds for rehabilitating missing persons and ensure that they remain safe.

Umer Farooq February 17, 2012


The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday issued notices to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) police chief and AIG elite force directing them to submit their statements on an allegation by a recovered missing person.

During the hearing, the court, summoned Advocates Aurangzeb and Fazl-e-Elahi, who were both abducted, Aurangzeb however was released shortly whereas Fazl-e-Elahi remains missing.

“We were on our way when members of the elite force, not the army, wearing black shirts picked us up, checked our identity, released me and shifted Fazl-e-Elahi to an undisclosed location,” said Aurangzeb.

The division bench presided over by PHC Chief Justice (CJ)  Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Malik Azmatullah Khan fixed March 14 for the next hearing and directed the advocate general K-P to record and produce statements.

Deputy Attorney General Iqbal Mohmand, Advocate General K-P Asadullah Khan Chamkani appeared before the court, whereas Col Noor who appeared on behalf of the interior ministry denied the abduction charges.

CJ PHC issued directives to the federal and provincial governments to provide funds for rehabilitating missing persons and ensure that they remain safe and do not indulge in anti-state activities after their release.

He also said the missing persons should be produced before the court, enabling their family members to know the condition of their relatives.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 17th, 2012.


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