SHC seeks law enforcers, govt’s comments in missing person cases

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday issued notices to Director General Rangers Sindh and Inspector General Sindh, directing them to submit their respective comments on the petitions seeking whereabouts of missing persons.

SHC bench, headed by Justice Irfan Saadat, took up the petitions filed for the recovery of missing men Ali, who was allegedly picked up by the Rangers on his engagement day and other missing men, Khalid Siddiqui, Mohammad Iqbal and Uzair Ali.

Mst Shabana, the mother of missing Ali, submitted that her son was picked up by the Rangers from Karachi’s Sangolane Lyari area on the day of his engagement on 20th March 2016 and he has been missing since then.

Separately, Mst Fareeda, the wife of missing Khalid, submitted in the petition that her husband was a servant of Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KW&SB) and has been missing since 1st April 2016. She alleged that her husband was picked up by the law enforcers but they are not disclosing his arrest.

In another petition, Mst Zubaida, the wife of missing Iqbal, submitted that her spouse was picked up by the law enforcers on 31st March 2016 and he has been missing since then.

Similarly, Mst Saira Bano, the mother of missing Uzair Ali, submitted her son has been missing since 15th March 2016. She alleged that her son in the custody of law enforcers but they are not disclosing it.

Citing DG Rangers Sindh, IGP Sindh and home secretary as respondents, the petitioners prayed the court to direct the respondents to produce the detainees before the court.

After the initial hearing, the court issued notices to deputy attorney general, advocate general Sindh and respondents to file their comments in the next hearings.