SHC gives last chance to respondents in missing person petition

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Thursday gave last warning to interior secretary, home secretary, provincial police chief and Rangers director general to file comments on a petition seeking whereabouts of missing advocate and his four family members said to be detained by the law enforcers.

A division bench, headed by Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto, had taken up a petition filed by Haji Sirhinjan Khan, who moved the court seeking whereabouts of his missing two sons and three grandchildren.

The counsel for the petitioner submitted the personnel of law enforcement agencies raided his house in Orangi Town on February 03 and drove away his two sons – Advocate Mohammad Usman and Mohammad Abbas, and grandchildren – Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Adnan and Mohammad Ehsan. They were still missing, he added.

He told the judges that he approached the higher officials of the law enforcement agencies to seek information about their location but to no avail. He said he was clueless about their whereabouts as the police personnel had refused to disclose their details. He said the law enforcers had kept them in illegal detention.

The petitioner argued that their unlawful detention was a violation of the fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution. He pleaded the court to order the law enforcers to produce them in court.

During hearing, the standing counsel filed a report on behalf of Intelligence Bureau, stating the agency neither arrest nor conduct any investigation. Therefore, it added, the detainees were not in their custody.

Expressing displeasure over the official respondents for not filing their comments the judges gave them last chance to file comments in the petition. The hearing was adjourned till Feb 23.

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