SHC seeks comments in extrajudicial killings-torture case

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday issued notice to interior secretary, home secretary, director general rangers, provincial police chief and other police officials, directing them to submit their respective comments on a petition of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) against extrajudicial killings and torture of its members by law enforcement agencies.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar issued notice to respondent officials and chief provincial law officer, and adjourned the hearing till Feb 11.

The party through its leader Dr Farooq Sattar, MQM member Fahad Aziz and his father filed a petition, impleading interior secretary, home secretary, director general rangers, IG Sindh and additional IG Shahid Hayat, SSP East and SHO Shahrah-e-Faisal police station as respondents.

Dr Farogh Naseem on behalf of petitioners submitted in the court that law enforcement agencies had unleashed a campaign of terror against urban citizens, especially MQM and its workers. He said that in past, about eight persons from Karachi had been killed extra-judicially, while about 45 persons were still missing.

He cited the brutal murder of Muhammad Salman worker of MQM, allegedly picked up by law enforcement agencies, while calling it extrajudicial killing. Dr Farogh told two-judge bench that police picked up petitioner Fahad Aziz when he was on his route to his wedding, adding that he was detained by police who subjected him to torture and demanded gratification for his release.

He said that later Fahad was admitted to a hospital in Gulistan-e-Jauhar by SHO Shahrah-e-Faisal police station, who alleged that Fahad was hospitalized for having pain in stomach.

He requested the court to order provincial authorities to pay compensation to victim and lodge FIR against police officials.