Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), a law firm fighting for the freedom of Pakistanis detained abroad, said on Thursday that nine more Pakistanis had been repatriated from Bagram Jail in Afghanistan.
A statement issued by the firm said the Ministry of Interior had confirmed the release of the prisoners. The International Red Cross had also informed the families of the detainees about their hand over to Pakistani authorities. They were identified as Abdul Nabi, Sadar Muhammad, Zabet, Imran, Muhammad Iqbal, Imtiaz Khan, Shoaib Khan, Latifullah, and Imranul Hassan. The JPP said the detainees had been held without charge for several years.
Barrister Sarah Bilal of JPP said the organisation had been pleased to hear about the development. She said the organisation hoped that the government would not keep them away from their families for long and would allow them to go back home.
Justice Shahid Bilal dismissed an application challenging the appointment of Maryam Sharif as Youth Loan Programme chairperson. The petition had been fixed as an objection case and the court upheld the objection by the registrar’s office. Zubair Niazi, the petitioner, said the appointment violated merit and the Constitution.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 22nd, 2014.