SHC seeks autopsy report of officer


KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) expressed displeasure over the non-compliance of its order regarding submission of the postmortem report of a Pakistan Air Force (PAF)’s squadron leader in court and directed the chief federal law officer to look into the matter personally and ensure compliance of its order.

A division bench headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh was hearing a petition filed by Mehrun Nisa through which she sought court directives for secretary defense and the base commander, PAF Minhas Base to supply the copies of her son’s autopsy, enquiry and annual medical checkup reports to her.

Sadia Shehzad, counsel for petitioner, submitted that petitioner’s son, squadron leader Sadiq Anwar Qazi died in July 2012 while performing his duty due to cardiac arrest although he had not developed heart problem before. She added annual general medical check-up of deceased in 2012 did not mention any cardiac disease.

She said deceased’s legal heirs were not satisfied with the account of squadron leader’s death communicated to them by PAF officials as they believed that he might have been killed.

The counsel said that the petitioner addressed letter and subsequent reminder to the commander PAF Minhas Base seeking the probe into the cause of death and copy of autopsy report but could elicit no response. Therefore, she requested the court to order official respondent to supply his autopsy report.

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