ISI, Defence and Interior ministries hauled to court in missing persons’ cases

February 16th, 2011 - 4:56 pm ICT by ANI  

Peshawar, Feb 16(ANI): The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has reissued notices to Pakistan’s premier spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Defence Ministry and the Interior Ministry in connection with a number of missing persons’ cases.

A division bench of the PHC issued a notice to the regional head of the ISI in a missing person’s case, directing him to explain his position about the whereabouts of one Abdul Aziz on March 8- the date fixed for the next hearing of the case, the Daily Times reports.

A Lower Orakzai Agency resident had filed a habeas corpus petition, claiming that security forces’ personnel had picked up his brother Aziz from the Peshawar Airport on October 19, 2009, when he was leaving for Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.

In another missing person’s case, the bench issued notices to the Defence and Interior ministries, directing them to expedite their efforts to search for him with the assistance of the spy agencies working under them.

A resident of Nowshera District had filed a habeas corpus petition in the court, claiming that police and security agencies’ personnel had picked up her son Sajid Ali Shah on October 7, 2010.

The woman told the court that the security agencies had brought her missing son for treatment at Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital on January 12, and that he was shifted to an unknown location after the medical treatment.

At this, the bench issued notices to the Defence and Interior ministries, directing them to submit written replies in this regard.

The bench gave more time to the Defence Ministry in the third case of a missing person- Ghuncha Gul of Peshawar- directing it to submit a written reply till March 9. (ANI)

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