Plea for Missing Brothers’ Rrecovery Adjourned
LAHORE High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of a petition for July 26 seeking recovery of two brothers allegedly picked up by secret agencies after defence secretary told the court that both are not in the custody of ISI or MI.
Secretary Defence Syed Ather Ali, however, said both agencies had assured that field tentacles had been energised to find out whereabouts of both persons. The secretary said if both were found by the said agencies they would be produced in court and if found involved in any case they would be dealt in accordance with law. He sought more time to find the missing brothers.
On previous hearing, the court had summoned the secretary defence in a habeas corpus petition for the recovery of two brothers allegedly arrested by secret agencies.
Ms Akhter Bano of Harbanspura, Lahore, had filed the petition for the recovery of her two sons namely Mian Aithisham Akhter and Mian Hashaam ul Mulk, who were injured in a Peshawar bomb blast.
Petitioner through her counsel Adris Ahmad Khan advocate submitted that her sons were accidentally injured in a bomb blast in Peshawar and admitted to a hospital in Lahore for medical treatment.
She said on June 10 last some unidentified people in civvies raided on her residence and took her sons away in a white car. The alleged abductors also took their guest, however, he was released after some days.
She said police refused to register any case of the alleged abduction of her sons and were not disclosing their whereabouts.
On the last hearing, the SHO concerned had told the court that police had no information about the alleged arrest of petitioner’s sons. And the CJ had directed a deputy attorney general to seek reply from defence ministry, which was not submitted by Monday.
Expressing displeasure the chief justice observed that this was high handedness because lifting citizens of this country by agencies had become an order of the day, who put them behind bars, did not tell their parents and kept them for an indefinite period as they wish.
plea against PPP MPA dismissed:An election tribunal of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition challenging the election of PPP MPA Ch Muhammad Tariq Gujjar from PP-93 Gujranwala.
The tribunal had ordered for recounting of votes. Recounting was done in the presence of the court-appointed local commission but petitioner could not secure victory, though margin of victory narrowed by 148 votes from 250.
Ashraf Ali Ansari, a defeated candidate of PML-N from the same constituency, moved this petition in which he alleged various irregularities and poll rigging on the part of winning candidate.
The petitioner alleged that Gujjar had rigged the polls and managed votes in his favour with the help of presiding officers. He said Gujjar had won election with a little margin of 250 votes whereas hundreds of votes were cancelled by the polling staff without rechecking them despite an application was filed with the returning officer concerned.
He requested to direct the Election Commission to recount votes including all the cancelled and rejected votes.
drug dealers sent to jail: Four drug pushers have been convicted by courts on Wednesday.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Malik Muhammad Iqbal has awarded one month imprisonment to Kabir Ahmed and fined him Rs 2,000 for peddling drugs. In case of default, the convict would undergo eight extra days imprisonment. He was arrested y Shad Bagh police in 2009 with 500 grams of hashish. The court also convicted Faisal for possessing 250 grams of hashish.