11 missing men: Spy agencies give SC the cold shoulder

Published: November 25, 2010
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Attorney-General argues in the SC that Pakistan's spy agencies cannot be made respondents in any case.

Attorney-General argues in the SC that Pakistan's spy agencies cannot be made respondents in any case.

ISLAMABAD: 

Attorney-General Maulvi Anwarul Haq argued in the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the country’s spy agencies cannot be made respondents in any case.

In a written reply to the apex court, the top government lawyer said that the 11 men, who went missing after their release from Adiyala Jail, were not in the custody of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Military Intelligence (MI).

The 11 men, who disappeared from the jail in Rawalpindi, were acquitted by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) for want of evidence. They had been picked up for their suspected involvement in terrorist acts, including the GHQ attack and the assassination attempt on former president Pervez Musharraf.

Attorney-General Haq said the respondents have not been sued properly and that the proper party in the case is the Federation of Pakistan through secretaries of the ministries concerned.

The relatives of the 11 missing men claim that they were picked up from the premises of the Adiyala Jail by intelligence agencies – a claim denied by the spy agencies.

The attorney-general submitted: “It is the stated stance of the answering respondents (ISI and MI) that the alleged detainees are not in their custody.” He did not comment on a report filed by Punjab Chief Secretary Nasir Mehmood Khosa, which said that the ISI and MI had detained the 11 men from outside the Adiyala Jail.

“The answering respondents (ISI, MI) however, reserve the right to comment upon the report as and when called upon by this learned court to do so,” attorney-general Haq wrote in his report. Sources in the Supreme Court told The Express Tribune that inspector general of Punjab also submitted a separate report in this case.

In the last hearing, the Supreme Court had directed the attorney-general to submit a detailed report on this case till November 25.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had earlier refused to transfer the case to a bench, saying that he would handle it himself. The court will resume hearing of the case today (Thursday).

Published in The Express Tribune, November 25th, 2100.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Copper
    Nov 24, 2010 - 5:20PM

    No one dare to touch us !!Recommend

  • Aristo
    Nov 25, 2010 - 2:19PM

    If indeed it is a fact that our intelligence agencies are untouchable, so much so even by the esteemed Supreme Court, then there is something definatley wrong with our constitution.Recommend

  • Nadeem Zafar
    Nov 25, 2010 - 3:49PM

    And btw, is the SC/Justice Choudhry himself above law? We are at war with terrorists..they are killing our children and women..and we have got an SC who is not prepared to understand the sensitivies involved..just to garnish some cheap public repute and media presence.. as evident as sun.Recommend

  • Mohammad Sohail Irshad
    Nov 25, 2010 - 5:56PM

    Let us see how chief justice handles this case. He has disappointed all those pakistanis who supported for his reinstatement. He has become puppet in the hands of lawyers.Recommend

  • Abd Al Qoddous
    Nov 26, 2010 - 12:23PM

    Now it is the litmus test of supreme court that what SC decides.The agencies of Pakistan
    above than any boundries, These agencies have sold, abducted, tortured and kidnaped Pakistani.We are to see what comes out.There are statets within state in this country.
    Nobody believes that 11 person may evaporate in this air, after all some one has picked them up. This verdict will decide that states within sate are stronger or state by itself has power to exist and prove its legitimacy.Recommend

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