SHC issues notice on a petition against harassment

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday issued notice to interior secretary, home secretary, Rangers director general, provincial police chief and others to file comments on a petition against alleged harassment of the businessmen by the paramilitary troops.

A division bench, headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, also issued notice to the federal and provincial law officers and prosecutor general Sindh to submit comments till March 03.

The bench had taken up a petition filed by Bilal Shah, a resident of Metroville Site, who moved the court against Rangers’ DSR Manzoor for allegedly causing harassment.

Petitioner Bilal Shah submitted that his family members had been doing business of sale and purchase of used vehicles, but they had to wound up their business previous year because of the harassment. He said Rangers officials posted at Rangers’ Wing-53 Headquarters in Baldia town used to summon his family members to the headquarters and subject them to the harassment.

The petitioner stated that his father had filed a petition in SHC against the harassment which was disposed of with direction for the Rangers officer not to cause any harassment.

Bilal told the judges Rangers’ officer Mazhar was still harassing him and other family members. He stated that Mazhar had intercepted him in Metroville area and took away his licensed 9MM pistol and 25 bullets after searching his vehicle. They had not returned the same yet despite having approached.

He explained that since the family members were receiving threats for the extortion, they had kept the pistol for his protection.

The petitioner requested the court to restrain Rangers’ officer from causing any harassment and direct them to return the pistol and bullets. The court was further requested to direct the SHO Site police station to register an FIR against Rangers’ official for misusing his authority and causing harassment.

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