The Sindh High Court on Monday issued notice to provincial home sectary, IG Sindh, Rangers director general, and other official respondents to file comments on six petitions against alleged illegal detention of citizens by the paramilitary troops.
A division bench, headed by Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto, was hearing the petitions seeking whereabouts of the missing persons.
Petitioner, Saeeda, a resident of Lyari, stated that her son, Kamran and nephew, Jabbar, who were rickshaw drivers, had been missing since February 10. She added some people, clad in plain clothes, conducted search operation in the locality and took away many persons including her son and nephew. Since then there was no clue to their whereabouts.
Another woman petitioner, Nusrat Bano, said that Rangers personnel had picked up her son, Yasir Ali, 30, hairdresser, from his shop near his residence in SurjaniTown on February 15 and did not disclose details about his whereabouts.
Petitioner, Syed Fahadul Haq, stated some persons in uniform of Rangers’ personnel came to his house in Landhi area and whisked away his brother, Syed Farazul Haq on February 12. He told the judges he was still missing as the law enforcers did not disclose his whereabouts despite having been approached.
Petitioner Mst Musarrat Sohail submitted that the paramilitary troops took away her husband, Muhammad Sohail Shaikh on Feb 14 from Gizri area without any plausible reason and did not disclose where he was kept.
Petitioner Sher Muhammad Baloch said, his son Faraz Khan Baloch, employed at Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical College Lyari, was whisked away from the workplace by unknown persons.
The woman Petitioner, Firdous stated that Rangers personnel picked up her son, Muhammad Mohsin from Gizri area on Feb 14. She said she had approached the officials of the law enforcement agencies to seek details about him but they refused to disclose his whereabouts.
She told the judges that her missing son was kept in illegal detention as he was not being produced in any court of law if he was involved in any criminal activity.