SHC dismisses urgent hearing application of Moazzam’s spouse

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday dismissed an application for urgent hearing of a petition of the family of Moazzam Ali Khan, an alleged prime suspect in murder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s leader, Dr. Imran Farooq, against his detention by the law enforcement agencies.

A division bench, headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh, dismissed the application for urgent hearing of the case after the petitioner’s counsel failed to show up. It adjourned the hearing of the petition to a date to be fixed later by the court office.

The petitioner, Ms. Sadia Bano, the wife of Moazzam Ali Khan filed a constitutional petition against detention of her spouse.

The woman petitioner submitted that the personnel of paramilitary force raided her house located in the Block 8 of the Federal B Area, near the Azizabad on early hours of April 12 and took away her husband and other his belongings, including laptop.

In plea, she submitted that the family members approached the Azizabad police station to seek information on the whereabouts of Khan, but the police officer refused to give any clue of the detainee. Later, they also approached the Rangers officers, who did not give any information too.

She argued that the detention of the petitioner’s husband and the law enforcers’ failure to divulge any information on his whereabouts is a violation of the article 18 of the Constitution.

The petitioner pleaded to the court to issue directives for the Sindh home secretary, the director-general of the Sindh Rangers, the IG Police, the SHO Azizabad and other officials to produce the detainee in the court along with details of the criminal case, made against him.

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