SHC summons additional home secy in two missing persons’ case

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The Sindh High Court (SHC) has summoned the Sindh additional home secretary to file comments on a petition seeking whereabouts of two missing persons.

Muhammad Bilal and Muhammad Sajid went missing on 13th February 2015 from Karachi’s Azizabad area. Focal person of the home department appeared before the court and stated that additional home secretary could not appear in the hearing due to his other commitments. The SHC bench headed by Sadiq Hussain Bhatti directed the additional secretary to appear in next hearing which is scheduled for 27th August and file his comments.

The report of joint investigation team has been submitted to the court according to which both persons are still missing. The copy of JIT’s report has been provided to the learned counsel. Father of Bilal filed a petition in which he alleged that his son, Bilal, and nephew, Sajid, had been picked up by the Rangers in a raid conducted at their house on 13th February and they are missing since then.

The petitioner named Sindh government, Director General (DG) Rangers, Inspector General (IG) Sindh police and Senoir House Officer (SHO) Azizabad police station as respondents.

The petitioner stated that Bilal and Sajid were innocent and were never involved in any criminal activity. They were at their house when Rangers forcefully entered their house and picked them up. He went to relevant police station to know the whereabouts of his son and nephew and in the end he reached the court. The hearing of the case was adjourned till 27th August.

He prayed to the court to direct the respondents to produce Bilal and Sajid before the court and disclose the reason of their detention.