Revelations from the provincial government continue to come to the fore as it submits reports regarding the status of detainees held at different internment centres to the Peshawar High Court (PHC).
During a hearing of petitions enforced disappearances on Thursday, Additional Advocate General Mian Arshad Jan informed a bench comprising PHC Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Syed Afsar Shah that two more detainees currently held at Landikotal internment centre in Khyber Agency are proclaimed associates of militants and fall under the black category.
The court was told Shah Burhan was detained in February 2012 from Takhta Baig and his family was informed that he has been kept at Landikotal internment centre. Meanwhile, Naik Amin was picked up on December 21, 2010 and kept at the same centre. Arshad Jan said that the centre’s oversight board had filed its report and found the detainees associated with anti-state elements.
The court disposed of both petitions and issued directives to the government to look after their health and allow their families to meet them. In accordance with the Actions Regulation 2011, the detainees can be kept at the centre until the law is enforced.
Arshad Jan also told the court that police had arrested Roohullah from Chamkani and multiple FIRs were registered against him. However, upon release from Central Prison Peshawar, he was picked up again.
Shabbir Hussain Gigyani, counsel for the petitioner, informed the bench that Roohullah’s body was found near Karkhano Market, only a day after the court had issued strict directives in the said case. Gigyani alleged that the police had refused to register an FIR against intelligence agencies. CJ Miankhel remarked the family should have knocked the court’s door against the refusal. The bench then disposed of the petition.
Roohullah was initially arrested on May 24, 2013, along with his mother, three brothers and another person by Chamkani police from his residence in Tarnab Farm on charges of preparing an improvised explosive device (IED).
In August 2013, an anti-terrorism court acquitted all the six people. In the meantime, police charged Roohullah with an attack on an election office.
However, he was granted bail in the case and allegedly picked up by intelligence agencies while he was coming out of Central Prison Peshawar on September 6, 2013.
On November 20, his body was found and handed over to the family who protested outside Peshawar Press Club and PHC.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 5th, 2014.