SC orders probe against ex-DPO, SHO Karak - Missing Persons Case

Pakistan on 07 November 2013
Location : Islamabad, Pakistan | Source : Nation. Image Source: Nation

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered to probe former District Police Officer (DPO) and a local SHO Karak for allegedly involved in the enforced disappearance of two persons.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing the cases of Naveedur Rehman and Naseem Iqbal.

A serving sobedar in Pakistan Army, Aziz-ur-Rehman, claimed the alleged that his younger, Naveedur Rehman, was in custody of Karak police since 30th August 2011. He said that according to the people of his village the Inter-Service Intelligence and Military Intelligence in plain clothes, along with two police cops, who were in uniform, had come to his house and taken away his brother. Tariq Khokar, Additional Attorney General, informed the bench that ISI and MI had conducted discreet inquiry and according to them both Naveedur Rehman and Naseem Iqbal were not in their custody.

The court inquired from incumbent DPO Attiqullah Wazir that why he had not interrogated the then DPO Karak Sajid Khan Mohmand and SHO Khurram police station Karak Peer Mohsin Shah, appeared before court and denied the allegations. The court told Sajjid Khan that if would not tell the truth then; "We will ask Inspector General Police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to interrogate you by forming a team comprising officials of other provinces as well. The CJP further told the ex-DPO Karak that he could be arrested, if would tried to hide the facts. The hearing was adjourned for one week.

On the demand of spy agencies, Sessions Judge Chakwal will start today re-interrogation about the matter related to the forced disappearances of two brothers - Umer Hayat and Umer Bakht.

The same judge on August 15, submitting an inquiry report of this case, had told the Supreme Court that he had considered opinion the two brothers were picked up by the ISI on April 5, 2010, from Chakwal.

After receiving the inquiry report, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had directed the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) through the Defence Ministry to produce two missing brothers on September 28.

But, spy agencies through defence ministry requested the SC to re-investigate into the matter. The court accepting their plea has directed the session judge Chakwal to re interrogate the case of two brothers.

Additional Attorney General for Pakistan Tariq Khokhar and Chairperson Defence of Human Rights Pakistan Amina Masood Janjua will also go Chakwal today regarding this case.

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