The wife of missing Shia notable Engineer Syed Mumtaz Hussain Rizvi addressed a press conference at the Karachi Press Club yesterday and appealed to the Chief of the Army Staff and the Chief Justice of Pakistan and all other relevant top authorities to play their active role to ensure immediate release of his spouse who is believed to have been subjected to enforced disappearance after being taken into undeclared and illegal custody.
Elderly mother of Mumtaz Rizvi and rights activist Jibran Nasir were also present at the press conference.
The wife of Mumtaz Rizvi told reporters that she had also written letters to the CJP and COAS, in this regard. She said his husband, a resident of New Rizvi Society, Karachi, had gone missing since January 23, 2018. The family lodged complaint with Sachal Police Station Karachi about it but his whereabouts have not been made known to them despite passage of more than two weeks. She said they checked all hospitals and rescue agencies including Edhi Foundation but none of them had any information about Syed Mumtaz Hussain Rizvi.
Hence, the family and friends of Syed Mumtaz Hussain Rizvi believe that he was taken into illegal and undeclared custody and have been subjected to enforced disappearance.
Mumtaz Rizvi, a graduate in Engineering, has been engaged in computer sales business. He also served nation as a teacher and enrolled as a doctoral student at SZABIST. He had no criminal record. He is also a social worker and runs a magazine, as well. He had left New Rizvia Society residence on January 23, 2018, for business activity, as per his routine but has not returned home despite passage of more than a week.
She lamented that unfortunately, in the motherland Pakistan, some elements are above the law and they have been proving by their actions that they damn care the Constitutional laws and laws relating to citizens rights. Syed Mumtaz Hussain Rizvi, is an educated loyal son of Pakistan but he is being denied his right to legal defence that is totally unfair. If any security agency has whisked away him and put him under detention, then, he must be produced in the court of law and family members including his wife, elderly mother and children should be allowed to meet him. If there is any charge that must be made known to him and his heirs so that we could defend him in the court of law; but, unfortunately, those who are required to uphold the Constitution and Law, it seems, they are trying to suppress law and disrespect the Constitution by denying an innocent citizen and taxpayer his due right to fair trial if there is any charge against him, although we know there is no registered case against him, she said.
She asked the CJP and COAS to play their much-needed Constitutional role by taking notice of his missing husband and direct all the relevant security officials, law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies to ensure immediate release of Syed Mumtaz Hussain Rizvi.