SC seeks report on 5-year-old kidnap case


The Supreme Court has directed the Sindh inspector general of police and the judge of the anti-terrorism court in Jacobabad to submit the progress report of the Fazila Sarki kidnapping case on May 4.
The court passed the order after hearing the statement of Fazila’s father Razzaq Sarki and the arguments of his lawyer Justice (retd) Rashid A Rizvi.
A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain proceeded the matter at the apex court’s Karachi registry.
In his statement, Sarki submitted that despite the passage of five years, his kidnapped daughter could not be recovered by the police and other law-enforcement agencies.
On behalf of Sarki, his counsel submitted that when the proceedings of the Supreme Court’s suo motu notice were in progress, police and other law-enforcement agencies seemed serious about recovering Fazila.
However, he added, as soon as the court ordered submitting the charge-sheet of the case in the anti-terrorism court, all relevant law-enforcement agencies went silent and extraneous. Rizvi, the counsel, requested the bench to proceed the matter in the apex court.
According to police, on March 23, 2007, Fazila was kidnapped from Thul, a taluka of the Jacobabad district, by a bandit named Bhudho Sarki and his accomplices, but the girl has yet to be recovered.
The Supreme Court then took suo motu notice of the incident on the application of Shahri Ittehad (Citizens’ Alliance) of Jacobabad.