SHC directs home secy to form JIT in missing person case

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) directed on Monday the provincial home secretary to constitute a joint investigation team (JIT) to conduct probe into allegations of detention of a student by law enforcement agencies (LEAs).

The direction came on a petition filed by Muhammad Tahir seeking recovery of his son, Shamsul Arifeen, who has been missing since July 21, 2014. Counsel for petitioner said that LEAs took away his petitioner’s son from Bilawal intersection in Clifton area and since then he was kept in illegal detention by them.

The court was requested to direct officials of LEAs to produce the petitioner’s son in the court. The court directed IGP Sindh and officials of LEAs to submit their comments in response to the petition. Meanwhile, the court directed home secretary to constitute a JIT in the matter so that missing man can be located.

The court while hearing another missing person case gave two-week time to DIG crime branch Abdul Aleem Jaffri to trace out the four persons said to be detained by paramilitary troops.

Petitioner Phullan Khatoon moved the court seeking whereabouts of her son, Ghazi Khan, and his three friends, Mohammad Ameen, Sher Afzal Khan and Shahzad Khan, who were allegedly picked up by Rangers personnel on August 1, 2010. A Rangers official, had been arrested by police for taking Rs100,000 as bribe from petitioner for arranging a meeting with the detainees.

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