Stereotype Reports In Missing Person Cases: LHC
Lahore High Court chief justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif has observed that the Interior Ministry files stereotype reports and replies before courts in missing persons cases.
The CJ made the observation on Monday in its written order in connection with a petition filed by Naureen Ijaz seeking recovery of her husband from alleged detention of the secret agencies.
Not satisfied with the reply of the ministry, the CJ sought reply from the Defence secretary and the Punjab Home secretary by August 19.
On the court’s order, Ali Muhammad Mali, a section officer of the Ministry of Interior, submitted a written reply stating that 15 departments and agencies were functioning under the ministry but only the Federal Investigation Agency and the Islamabad Capital Territory Police were empowered under the law to arrest a person. The two agencies had denied the arrest or detention of Ijaz Hussain, he added.
He said that Rangers, another force working under the ministry, was not authorized to keep an accused in custody. It hands over a person to the local police, if it comes to arrest him, he said, adding that the Rangers director general had denied the arrest of Ijaz.
At this, the CJ held: “I have gone through reports of the Interior ministry. In every writ petition in such matters, a stereotype report and parawise comments are being submitted by the Ministry of Interior.”
Tuaqeer Majeed Chaudhry, assistant director of National Crisis Management Cell, Ministry of Interior, also appeared before the court on Monday.
Petitioner Naureen Ijaz, a resident of Cantt, Lahore, submitted that her husband, Ijaz Hussain, owned a rubber spare parts factory in Kot Lakhpat, with 15 laborers working under him. Qari Abadullah was one of the workers, she added.
She said that, on July 6, four men in civvies reached the factory and asked about Abaidullah. After some questions, they took both Abaidullah and her husband with them, she added.
She said that they had gone from pillar to post to have about the whereabouts of her husband but to no avail.
On July 8, a news item was published in local newspapers stating that security agencies had arrested two terrorist suspects, including Qari Abaidullah from Azadi Chowk.
Terming her husband innocent, she said the security agencies should have produced him before court, if they had arrested him.
She requested the court to issue directions to produce her husband before the court.