SHC issues notices on two petitions of relatives of detainees

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday issued notice to provincial home secretary, Rangers director general, superintendent of the Karachi Central Prison on two petitions of the relatives of the detainees, who were arrested by the Rangers for 90 days, against the authorities from not allowing them to meet the detainees in prison.

The petitioner, Saima Najam submitted that the paramilitary troops entered into her house and took away her husband, Najam-uz-Zaman, KDA Director, on April 14. She added that her husband was neither involved in any political activity nor any criminal case was registered against him.

His detention by the paramilitary forces was violation of the Constitution, she argued while pleading to the court to declare his detention unconstitutional and allow her and other relatives to meet him in prison. The court was further requested to direct the authorities to produce in court the record of criminal case, if any made against him.

Another petitioner, Seema Mujeeb submitted that the personnel of the Rangers had picked up her spouse, Najeebullah Siddiqui, from his house on April 10 and detained him for three months under Section 11EEEE (1) of the Anti-terrorism Act.

The petitioner complained to the judges that the detainee’s relatives were not being allowed to meet him in prison, which was violation of the fundamental rights. The court was pleaded to direct the respondents to allow them to meet him in prison.

After initial hearing, a division bench, headed by Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto, issued notice to the respondents and provincial and federal law officer to file comments on the petitions.

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