KDA director arrested under ATA for probe, SHC told


KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday was informed that the paramilitary force has detained the KDA Director for 90 days in exercise of powers conferred by the provincial and federal government.

The law officer of Pakistan Rangers, Sindh submitted a copy of order regarding KDA director’s detention to a division bench which was hearing a petition filed by Saima Najam, who moved the court against detention of her spouse, Najam-uz-Zaman, KDA director.

He submitted that the KDA director was detained in exercise of powers conferred by the provincial and federal government through official notifications issued on August 04, 2014 and March 13, 2015, respectively. It was stated that the KDA director was put under preventive detention for three months under Section 11EEEE (1) of the Anti-terrorism Act for interrogation.

Earlier, the petitioner submitted that the paramilitary troops unlawfully entered into her house and took away her husband, Najam-uz-Zaman, on April 14. She added that her husband was neither involved in any political activity nor any criminal case was registered against him.

His detention by the paramilitary forces was violation of the Constitution, she argued while pleading to the court to declare his detention unconstitutional and allow her and other relatives to meet him in prison.

The court was further requested to direct the authorities to produce in court the record of criminal case, if any made against him.

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