Agencies tell court 3 brothers were lawfully detained

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The Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) on Tuesday told the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that the three brothers, who had been charge-sheeted in terrorism cases, were being detained under Action In Aid Of Civil Power Regulations 2011 for FATA.
A single bench of Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan was hearing the case filed by Mufti Abdul Bias, challenging detentions of his three brothers by the intelligence agencies after their acquittal from an anti terrorism court of Rawalpindi. Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Abid Raja contended by saying that the detention of three brothers was legal since they had been arrested under the relevant laws. The DAG, on behalf of intelligence agencies, also submitted a written statement the court. Lieutenant Col Tahir Mahmood of Judge Advocate General (JAG) branch of GHQ Rawalpindi and commander Shahbaz represented the intelligence agencies in the court. Inam Ul Rahiem, the counsel for petitioner, sought more time from the court to file counterarguments against the agencies’ written reply. On this, Justice Riaz adjourned the hearing until Wednesday (today). The petitioner has challenged his brothers’ detentions by intelligence agencies after their acquittal from Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) Rawalpindi, maintaining that the security agencies had no jurisdiction to arrest any one without a charge-sheet.

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