2 ‘Afghans’ prove Pakistani citizenship

Men suspected of being Afghan nationals ask judge to quash proceedings as they prove their Pakistani citizenship.

Ppi September 21, 2010

KARACHI: Two men suspected of being Afghan nationals have asked a judge to quash proceedings against them as they had proven their Pakistani citizenship.

On Monday, Justice Amir Hani Muslim of the Sindh High Court ordered the Central Jail Karachi to produce the two men, who are facing trial under the Foreigners Act 1946. Under-trial prisoner Shakeel Akbar submitted an application to the SHC’s Justice Amir Hani Muslim during his visit to the prison, asking that the allegedly fake case registered under section 3/4 of the Foreigners Act 1946 be quashed. The Kharadar police station had registered the case against him.

According to the prosecution, two suspected Afghan nationals, Shakeel Akbar and Khuda Dad, were arrested on October 31, 2009, and had failed to produce legal documents proving their Pakistani citizenship. They were challaned under section 14-A of the Foreigners Act 1946 and were sent to jail.

Applicant Shakeel stated that the police case was fake, as they possessed legal citizenship documents. They produced legal documents, including NIC, domicile, school certificates to the trial court, but it had not been deciding the case for a long time. Justice Muslim directed the MIT to inquire from the trial court and submit a report. It also ordered applicant Shakeel Akbar and co-accused Khuda Dad to be produced on September 27.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2010.


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