SHC issues notice on petition against disappearance of Shirazis’ polling agent, driver

KARACHI: Sindh High Court SHC on Tuesday issued notice to Sindh home secretary, Inspector General of Police IGP, SSP Thatta and other police officials in a petition seeking whereabouts of missing chief polling agent and a driver of Shirazi family of Thatta, allegedly picked up by police.

A division bench of SHC headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam also directed provincial and federal law officers to call comments from law enforcing agencies and adjourned the matter till Aug 21.

The petitioner Siraj Muhammad, brother of missing chief polling agent Muhammad Hanif, alleged that police arrested his brother and driver Abdul Khalique belonging to Shirazi family at the instigation of provincial minister Owais Muzaffar alias Tappi in order to influence the by-elections on national assembly seat NA237 in Thatta scheduled to be held on Aug 22.

The petitioner said that his brother and driver were going to meet the candidate on constituency NA237, Syed Riaz Hussain Shah Shirazi, and when they reached Noorani petrol pump at National Highway, SSP Thatta with other police officials stopped them and whisked them away.

He said that police had illegally detained his brother and driver. The petitioner said that since general elections 2013, ruling party in the province was victimizing the supporters of Shirazi family and forcing them to support their candidate in by-elections.

He prayed to the court to direct police respondents to produce them before the court. He also prayed to the court to take action against police officials who have confined illegally his brother and driver.