517 persons detained in 7 detention centres across KP, SC told



The Supreme Court (SC) was told on Tuesday that 517 persons were detained in seven detention centres across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

This was said in the details presented by Attorney General (AG) Munir A Malik in the court with regard to detention centres, the commandants appointed therein and detained persons during hearing in the missing persons case.

The details said the detention centres included sub-jail Panthiam, Swat, sub-jail Phase-1 gate Swat, sub-jail Timergarah, Chitral Qilla, district jail Lakki Marwat and district jail Kohat.

Rizwan Shah is the in-charge detention centre Malakand, Ayub Bacha in Pathiam, Yusuf Gul in Swat Phase-1 gate, Sabz Ali in Lakki Marwat and Muhammad Irshad is the in-charge in detention centre Kohat, the details revealed.

Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked that “enough is enough. We are not scared of anyone. Whatever one has to do can do but the missing persons will be recovered at every cost”.

The judge said “no member of this bench, including me, will take rest unless the matter of missing persons is resolved. We don’t want injustice done to anyone. People are worried and they are not being allowed access to their loved ones. We had given a casual order and the entire list was presented”.

“The previous government could do this job if it willed. How pathetic is it that a sister was not allowed to meet her detained brother for a year and four months. She is passing her days in tears. The father of a missing person Zakirullah lost his life but he could not meet his son.”

The judge said punishment was prescribed in law and constitution of a crime committed by anyone. “Officers of intelligence agencies who are allegedly involved in the cases of missing persons should seek bail from any court of competence.”

Attorney General (AG) Munir A Malik told the court that detailed consultation had been made by all provincial advocates general and secretary defence with reference to recovery of missing persons.

“Much headway is likely to be made in the case. All details about commandants of detention centres and detained persons will be presented in the court after interval.”

Justice Jawad S Khawaja said, “Detained people are sick. Whatever is sent from their homes is not allowed to reach them.”

Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Ali Zai and Additional Attorney General (AAG) Tariq Khokhar also appeared in court. They presented the details of detention centres across the country.

Amna Masood Janjua was also present.

Justice Jawad said, “Lists have come and we will review the cases.”

Ali Zai said names of Imdad Ullah alias Rambo, brother of Nargis, and Fasihullah is were recorded in the list.

The court remarked, “The meeting of Imdadullah and Fasihullah with their families be arranged on Wednesday.”

Justice Jawad said it was a serious matter if someone went missing.

“This is the list of Punjab and KP. People belonging to Sindh and Balochistan are not included in it. We will hear the case on Wednesday again. A system should be devised. We will see the remaining matter later. We will issue orders too.”

The court then directed the Punjab additional advocate general to present a report before it in connection with recovery of Asad Humayun and later adjourned the proceedings until July 23.