Families of slain MQM workers approach SHC

KARACHI: Families of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists, whose dead bodies were found from Superhighway area, approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Saturday against their alleged extrajudicial killings by law enforcement agencies.

The petitioners, Samreen Jahan wife of Noman Talib and Shehla Javed wife of Jawed filed separate petitions in the SHC pleading the court to order judicial inquiry into extrajudicial killings of their husbands.

The petitioners cited Chief Minister, Governor Sindh, Chief Secretary, Interior Minister, Home Secretary, Director General Rangers, provincial police chief, city police chief and other police officials as respondents.

The petitioner, Samreen Jahan wife of Noman said that Rangers personnel had arrested her husband and did not produce him before any magistrate. She said that her husband was not involved in any criminal activity. She alleged that paramilitary forces murdered her husband and threw her body in the bushes near Superhighway.

Another petitioner Shehla Javed claimed that her husband Jawed was arrested by Rangers a few days ago. She alleged that police and rangers had murdered her husband.

The petitioners said that law enforcement agencies had carried out extrajudicial killings and violated the law. They said that if the deceased were involved in crime, they must have been brought to the court of law but the law enforcement agencies exceeded their jurisdiction prescribed in the constitution.

The bullet riddled bodies with hands tied and blindfolds over eyes of Noman, Javed alias ‘Bunda’ and Saleem aka ‘Kabari were found at the desolate spot off the Superhighway on December 23. Later, in a statement, MQM had claimed the individuals were affiliated with the party, and termed their deaths extrajudicial killings.

However, the police had claimed that the deceased were nominated in various cases, with Javed being accused in 150 killings.

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