SHC issues notices on Shia Youths missing cases

High-Court-Sindh-LogoThe Sindh High Court on Friday issued notices to the secretaries of the defence and interior ministries, the home secretary and the IG Sindh on petitions against the illegal detention of five persons picked up from different areas of Karachi.

Syeda Anis Fatima submitted that her son Syed Pervaiz Ali Zaidi along with his cousin, Sikandar Ali Rizvi, and  Jehangir were picked up by personnel of law enforcement agencies from the Cantt Station on December 12.

She submitted that Zaidi had arrived in Karachi by train and Rizvi along with his wife, Sahar, and a friend, Jehangir, had gone to the railway station to receive him. The petitioner submitted that the LEA personnel arrested them at the railway station and later they released Sahar at the residence of her sister in Nagan Chowrangi, New Karachi area, and took others to an undisclosed location.

She said that the police and other law enforcement agencies were approached for ascertaining the whereabouts of the detainees but no reply was given by them. She prayed to the court to direct the LEAs to produce the detainees before the court and release them if not involved in any cases.

In another petition, Syed Jaffer Hussain has challenged the illegal detention of his son and son-in-law by law enforcement agencies. The petitioner submitted that police and other law enforces raided his house in Malir on December 19 and took away his son, Syed Ali Mehdi, and Syed Abrar Ahmed. He said that the whereabouts of the detainees were still unknown as they were not produced before any court of law.

The court was requested to order the release of the detainees if they were not involved in any cases. The ministries of interior and defence, the home secretary, the IG Sindh and others were made respondents in the petition. 

A SHC division bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed, after conducting a preliminary hearing of the petitions, issued notices to the advocate general of Sindh, the deputy attorney general and others, and directed them to file comments along with supporting affidavits. The next hearing of the cases will be held on January 10.

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