Allegations of extrajudicial killings: SHC seeks suggestions from Sindh govt for setting up probe commission


KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) directed on Tuesday the provincial government to give suggestions for constitution and mandate of an inquiry commission to probe the allegations of extrajudicial killings of political workers, with most of them belonged to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

SHC chief justice Maqbool Baqar, who headed a division bench, sought from the provincial authorities a report detailing compensation that will be paid to the legal heirs of victims and the procedure laid down for the payment of the same.

While adjourning till January 28, the court directed the chief provincial law officer to show up before court and cautioned the authorities that there shall be no further adjournment in the matter.

The court had taken up a dozen of petitions filed by the victims’ families and MQM leaders against alleged extrajudicial killing of political workers.

One of the petitions was filed by father of victim and MQM lawmaker Syed Asif Hasnain who had submitted that MQM activist Mohammad Suleman alias Salman along with his nephew Mohammad Noman was illegally arrested by law enforcers from Malir River on 3 February 2013. Later on 6 February, his body was found from Malir River.

He alleged that law enforcers were carrying out extrajudicial killings of workers in the garb of a targeted operation.

Another petition was filed by Syed Qamar Abbas Rizvi who sought inquiry into alleged extrajudicial killing of his brother Syed Yawar Abbas Rizvi, a MQM activist.

The petitioner said that Yawar was picked up by LEAs personnel from PIB Colony on November 6, 2013 and later his body was found in Nooriabad area on December 14.

Earlier on June 11, the court had directed advocate general Sindh to discuss the issue of extrajudicial killings of activists of MQM with chief minister and other higher authorities to work out a mechanism to reveal the truth behind the extrajudicial killings and prevent such incidents.

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