The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has directed the district police officer of Charsadda to provide security to the family of a missing person and also sought a complete report on the matter at the next date of hearing.
At the same time, the two-member bench of Justice Malik Manzoor Hussain and Ikramullah Khan transferred the hearing of 37 petitions related to missing persons to the PHC chief justice.
Abdul Latif Afridi told the bench that his client Muhammad Idrees’ father Haji Gul Muhammad and Muhammad Ismail, the petitioner’s brother, were picked by intelligence agencies with the help of local police on December 12, 2009. He added that Ismail had been released, but the whereabouts of his client’s father remain unknown.
The petitioner claimed Gul Muhammad had a land dispute with Additional IGP Liaquat Ali Khan, who allegedly used his influence to have the man picked up.
Afridi further said that the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances ordered the registration of an FIR against intelligence officials in this case, but now the family was being pressured by AIGP Liaquat to take it back or face serious consequences.
An earlier report presented by the K-P Home and Tribal Affairs department stated that 707 missing persons had been detained in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the tribal areas.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th,2014.