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Notices issued to Rangers, police chiefs in ‘missing man’ case

Notices issued to Rangers, police chiefs in ‘missing man’ case

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court has asked the director general of Rangers, the provincial police chief, the home secretary and other law enforcement officials to file their respective comments on a constitutional petition seeking to know the whereabouts of a ‘missing man’.

A two-judge bench headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan also issued notice to the federal and the provincial governments’ law officer directing them to ensure filing of the replies of the respondents who also included the deputy inspector general of police, East, and the SHOs of the New Town, the Sharea Faisal and the Airport police stations.

The petition was filed by the father of a young man who allegedly went missing on May 17.

The petitioner submitted that his son, Abdur Rahman, had gone to board an Islamabad-bound flight at the Karachi airport where he was reportedly intercepted by the personnel of the law enforcement agencies.

He said that the law enforcers took away his son from the airport and since then there was no clue to his whereabouts.

The petitioner said that he and other family members approached the police stations concerned to report the matter. However, the police officials feigned ignorance about the detention of his son and refused to give any details about him.

He said that his son was not affiliated with any religious, sectarian or ethnic organisation, nor was he involved in any criminal activity. The petitioner asked the court to direct the respondents to produce his son in court.

The bench directed the respondents to produce the son in court if he was in their custody. The bench put off the hearing to June 15.

Another bench headed by Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi issued notice to the advocate general and respondents in a constitutional petition against alleged illegal occupation of an amenity plot by land grabbers in Korangi.

The petition was filed by Advocate Muzammil Mumtaz, who alleged that land grabbers were occupying the amenity plot meant for playground and Eidgah.

The petitioner asked the court to direct the respondents to take action against the land grabber and get the encroachments removed from it. The bench directed the respondents to file their respective replies by the next date of hearing which would be later pronounced by the court’s office.

Published in Dawn, June 12th, 2017

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