SHC seeks comments on petitions challenging arrest of MQM men


KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Thursday sought comments from the federal and provincial government, the director general of Rangers, provincial police chief and others on several petitions challenging alleged illegal detention of the workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement by the paramilitary troops.

A division bench headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar directed the federal and provincial law officers to ensure the filing of comments by the official respondents till July 23.

Petitioners, the relatives of detainees submitted that the paramilitary troops had detained Rukunuddin Taj, Mohammad Suleman, Waseem Ahmed Siddiqui, Ziar-ur-Rehman, Khalid Khan, Kashif, Mohammad Ismail, Mohammad Hashim, but till date their whereabouts were not disclosed.

They submitted that they had made several requests to the Rangers officers and higher officials of the other law enforcement agencies for disclosing the whereabouts of the detainees but no clue was given. Neither did they provide information about them nor produce them in court which is violation of the fundamental rights, they contended while pleading with the court to order the law enforcers to produce them in court.

Meanwhile, the same bench directed the director general of Rangers, Sindh police chief and others to file comments on a petition seeking whereabouts of the brother of Pakistan Peoples Party’s former lawmaker allegedly detained by the paramilitary troops for his involvement in land frauds.

Petitioner Abida Parveen, the wife of Mohammad Ali Sheikh moved the court seeking its directions for the law enforcers to disclose the whereabouts of her spouse.

She submitted that on June 18 unidentified persons had picked up her husband and his friend from the airport when he was about to fly to USA to have his green card renewed which expired on June 22. She added since then the whereabouts of his husband were unknown to him.

The woman petitioner told the judges that later she learnt through the papers about detention of her spouse by Rangers over corruption allegations.

She submitted her spouse was PPP’s staunch supporter and because of his political affiliation he was being victimized.