Peshawar High Court asks for report on 60 ‘missing persons’
The Chief Justice directed Kamranullah, an official of the home department, to submit reports on the cases and inform the court if the people are in custody of law-enforcement agencies.
A single-member bench of PHC (Peshawar High Court) has directed focal person for the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday to present reports on 60 ‘missing persons’. The high court has given a deadline of Sept. 2 to investigate and present a report on the missing persons whose families have filed habeas corpus petitions with it.
Chief Justice of PHC held hearing listening to petitions in which relatives of missing persons reported the issue, and listen to the parents narrating their ordeals. The Chief Justice directed Kamranullah, an official of the home department, to submit reports on the cases and inform the court if the people are in custody of law-enforcement agencies.
The case of Shamim and his sons:
In hearing on one of the cases, Arif Jan, lawyer of a person named Shamim, said that three of his clients’ sons, along with Akhtar Munir, Asghar Khan, and Nek Mohammad fell victim to forced abduction in Swat a few years ago in 2013. He added that initially they were booked for terrorism but later granted bail.
However, after the bail, they were forcefully taken away by security agencies and they have been ‘incommunicado’ ever since. He added that dead body of one of his client’s sons was handed over in 2017, saying that he was awarded death sentence by a military court and was executed. However, no information was available for the other two sons, the lawyer said.
Cases of Afsheen and Zar Ali:
Afsheen told the bench that her husband, Rehmat Shah, is in the custody of LEAs since 2010. She added that ever since then, she is living with her parents and survived numerous hardships. The woman pleaded that her 9 years old daughter often asks about her father.
Zar Ali’s son, Shahzaib, was a teacher in a seminary in Amangarh, district Nowshera. He is missing since March 2016 but no whereabouts about him are known.
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