SHC summons IGP Sindh in missing person case

Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday directed provincial police chief to appear in court to explain his position in allegations of threats allegedly being given to a petitioner whose son along with three others were detained by the law enforcing agencies.

Headed by Chief Justice SHC Mushir Alam, the division bench was hearing with the petition of Phullan Khatoon, resident of Lyari who submitted that her son Ghazi Khan, and his three friends Mohammad Ameen, Sher Afzal Khan and Shahzad Khan had been picked up by Rangers officials, Col. Suleman, Sher Afsar and Riaz Taman on August 1, 2010.

She had alleged that Sher Afsar had taken Rs100,000 as bribe from her for arranging a meeting with the detainees.

Pursuing the orders of the court, Rangers conducted an inquiry and found that Sher Afsar had extorted money from the petitioner. Subsequently, the extorted amount was later returned by the Rangers official on the direction of the court.

On Friday, the court directed Investigation officer to collect details of department proceedings on basis of which ranger’s officer was terminated from service and JIT proceedings wherein allegedly Sher Afsar accepted the guilt.

Faisal representing petitioner told court that petitioner has been threatened by DSP Javed Tanoli that even she may be disappeared like her son.

The court came down heavily on the police officer for threatening petitioner and said this is intolerable. It said that if a citizen whose case is being monitored by the court gets such harsh threats by the law enforcing agencies, then how ordinary citizens are treated can be imagined well.

The court said that if IGP Sindh cannot take action against such persons his presence in the province is highly questionable. It ruled let IG Sindh appear in person in the court and explain his positions on next date of hearing.

The hearing of case put off till March 12.