SHC tells Rangers, police to produce missing persons

Pakistan on 13 January 2014
Location : Karachi | Source : The International News. Image Source: Flickr User Pulis Saklolo

The Sindh High Court on Thursday issued notices to the provincial home secretary, inspector general, DG Rangers and others over petitions against the alleged illegal detention of four citizens by law enforcement agencies.
Ms Ghazala Tanvir, Ms Najma Khatoon and Amir Shahid submitted that Wahaj Ahmed Khan, Shamshad Haider and Abdul Wahid were allegedly picked up by law enforcement personnel from the Airport, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Ferozabad and Federal B Area last week. Submitting that Rangers personnel were involved in the kidnapping and police are not disclosing the whereabouts of the detainees, the petitioners prayed the court to order production of detainees.
Another petitioner, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, submitted that his brother, Syed Qasim Ali Shah, was picked up by security personnel from the departure lounge of the Karachi airport, right before his departure for Dubai on December 16.
The SHC division bench, headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan, issued notices to the federal and provincial law officers and directed them to file comments on behalf of the police and Rangers, while also ordering the LEAs to produce the detainees.
Contempt notice issued
The SHC also issued notices to the Sindh chief secretary, additional chief secretary, director general of the Sindh Coastal Community Development Project and others over a contempt application against non-compliance of court orders for regularisation of SCCDP employees.
The court was hearing the petition filed by Seema Sheikh and 59 others who sought confirmation of their contractual jobs under Sindh (Regularization of Ad-hoc and Contract) Employees Act 2013.
The petitioners submitted that the additional advocate general had informed the court that he received comments from the SCCDP director, according to which, the petitioners’ cases were under consideration for regularisation.
They submitted that, despite the undertaking, orders of the court are not being complied with and the court, after preliminary hearing of the petition, issued notices to the alleged contemnors and sought their comments.
Ex-PSM chief’s plea
The SHC also directed the National Accountability Bureau and federal law officer to file comments over the petition submitted by former chairman of Pakistan Steel Mills for quashment of corruption cases.
According to the prosecution, the former PSM chairman, in connivance with other directors and businessmen, sold steel products at lower rates and caused major losses to the national exchequer.
The petitioner’s counsel submitted that the NAB has failed to produce any incriminating evidence against his client. He added that despite the passage of three years, none of the cases have been proved, therefore, all proceedings against him should be quashed.

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