Missing person’s case : Top govt officials, security agency head put on notice

Court orders respondents to submit replies by Oct 15


Our Correspondent September 29, 2015
PHOTO: IHC WEBSITE

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday issued notices to head of a premier intelligence agency and other top government officials over a petition filed by the wife of a missing man.

Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi issuing notices to Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), secretary interior Shahid Khan, Inspector-General of Islamabad Police, Tahir Alam Khan, and the Industrial area police station SHO Iqbal Khan seeking their replies till October 15.

The notices were issued in response to a petition filed by Abdullah Omer’s wife Zainab Khan who pleaded the court to help in recovering her husband. Omer was booked in the murder case of federal minister Shahbaz Bhatti and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) special prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali.

The petitioner’s counsel Syed Khawar Amir Bukhari, maintained that Omer along with three others - Hammad Dadan, Ammar Dadan and Ahmad Bashir - were picked up intelligence agency officials from outside a mosque near the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences on June 20.

The counsel stated that Bashir, who was left behind, along with residents of the area and a number of policemen present at the spot said that they were taken away by armed men of an intelligence agency.

Hammad’s father had approached the IHC for the production of his son and during pendency of the petition, the respondents released Hammad and Ammar, stated the counsel. “After this there is no doubt in any manner whatsoever that the husband of the petitioner is in illegal and improper custody of the respondents,” he added.

Omer was paralysed from leg down after he was shot and injured on May 3, 2013 during the alleged target killing of the FIA prosecutor. It was reported that Omer was shot and injured by the prosecutor’s gunman and was later arrested from a hospital. He was released on bail in July last year on medical grounds. Omer is pursuing LLB honours in Sharia and Law from the International Islamic University.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 30th, 2015.

 

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