IHC rejects plea of three brothers facing court martial


The Islamabad High Court dismissed on Thursday the habeas corpus petition of three brothers who had been facing a court-martial.
Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan of the IHC held the hearing of the case and dismissed the petition filed by Mufti Abdul Bias, challenging the detention of his brothers — Abdul Saboor, Abdul Majid and Abdul Basit—terming it illegal. The men are being detained by the security agencies after an anti-terrorism court (ATC) absolved them of the charges of their involvement in the terrorist attacks on the GHQ and Hamza Camp. Earlier, the Judge Advocate General (JAG Branch) of General Headquarters told the IHC that the three men had been being detained in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) under the Fata Regulations in Aid of Civil Powers-2011.
“They would be taken to internment centres in FATA under the newly promulgated Fata regulations,” he told the court. Abdul Bias filed the petition on 17 August through Colonel (retd) Inamur Rahim, challenging the “illegal” detention of his three brothers. Next day, the court summoned the JAG, interior secretary, Military Intelligence and the ISI’s director generals, the Adiala Jail superintendent and his deputy in August to submit their comments. In his judgement on Thursday, Riaz observed that the counsel for the petitioner could move to IHC after the final decision of military courts.