SHC issues notice on petition seeking meeting of relatives with detained PST workers


KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the provincial home secretary, Rangers director general, Karachi Central Prison’s authorities on a petition of the relatives of the Pakistan Sunni Tehreek’s workers, who were held for 90 days by the Rangers for interrogation, seeking their meeting with the detainees in penitentiary.

A division bench headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar also issued notice to the federal and provincial law officer to ensure filing of the comments by the respondent authorities by July 16.

Petitioners, Mohammad Ayaz Mansoori and Waseem Ahmed submitted that their brothers, Arif Mansoori and Shakeel Ahmed, were among the PST activists who arrested by the paramilitary troops on June 17, during a raid at the party headquarters in Old City area. Subsequently, they said, their brothers had been placed under 90-day preventive detention for interrogation under Section 11EEEE (1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997.

The petitioners said they had written applications to the Rangers director general, requesting him to allow the relatives of the detainees to meet them in prison but their pleas were turned down.

They requested the court to order the respondents authorities to allow them and other relatives to meet the detainees.