SHC seeks report on steps for release of Pak journalist

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday directed Foreign Affairs Ministry to submit before it the details of measures taken by it for repatriation of a journalist Faizullah Khan, who was sentenced to four years imprisonment in Afghanistan for travelling without documentation.

A division bench headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar was hearing a petition filed by Sania Faiz, wife of missing reporter belonging to a local news channel who sought release of her spouse detained by Afghanistan authorities.

Saeed Memon standing counsel informed the court that Faizullah has been found guilty of illegal entry into Afghanistan by a local court in Afghanistan and sentenced to four years imprisonment.

He said that federal government was taking all possible efforts for his release, adding that the government had filed an appeal in high court of Nangarhar province of Afghanistan against his conviction.

The bench directed him to place on record the documents including appeal filed by government in next hearing. The hearing of case was adjourned till July 27.

Earlier, SHC chief justice had converted into constitutional petition the application of Sania Faiz, addressed to him requesting him to take notice of the incident and order authorities to make efforts for early recovery of her spouse, who has been missing since April 22, 2014.

She submitted in her letter that her husband had gone to tribal areas of the country for reporting and since then he has been missing. She said that she had learnt through management of the TV channel that he was in custody of Afghanistan intelligence agencies.

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