SHC issues show-cause notice in missing person case

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday issued a show-cause notice to Commanding Officer Malir Cantonment for flouting its orders in a missing person case.

A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah was seized with the hearing of a petition filed by Fatima, seeking recovery of her husband, Muhammad Ramzan, who was allegedly detained by the law enforcement agencies.

The petitioner said that her spouse was kidnapped from the house in Gulistan-e-Jauhar by some agencies personnel on 11th February 2011. Petitioner’s counsel told the judges that Ramzan was taken captive in the ward-21 in Malir Cantonment Karachi.

He said that a detainee who got released from cantonment passed on such information. Following the statement of petitioner’s counsel, the bench had direct Commanding Officer Malir Cantonment to make an affidavit that Ramzan was not detained there.

Federal law officer stated that he had written letter conveying the court’s direction to Commanding Officer but he did not respond to the letter. The court noted that compliance had not been made which prima facie appears to be contemptuous and tantamount to defying the court orders while exposing him to the contempt proceedings.

The bench issued him show-cause notice to explain his position over non-compliance of the court order.

Meanwhile, same bench gave last opportunity to former SHO Shafiq Tanoli to appear before it in missing person cases and defend allegations of his involvement in kidnapping persons.

It was alleged in two identical missing person cases that former SHO Mochko police station Shafiq Tanoli had made his own private force and was involved in kidnapping of person, who later was released them after taking bribe.

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