SHC seeks Rangers, police and govt’s comments in missing persons cases

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The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday issued notices to the Sindh Rangers director general and Inspector General Sindh, directing them to submit their respective comments on the petitions seeking whereabouts of missing persons.

SHC bench, headed by Justice Irfan Saadat, took up the petitions filed for the recovery of missing men Rafiullah, Muhammad Saqib, Irfan and Syed Masood.

Salma, the wife of missing Rafiullah, submitted that her spouse was missing for last four months. She informed the court that Rafiullah used to work in Saudi Arabia and he was in Karachi on vacations. He was picked up at Jinnah International Airport when he was about to fly back to Saudi Arabia.

Separately, Muhammad Kashif, the brother of missing Muhammad Saqib, submitted in the petition that Saqib has been missing since 18th May, 2016.

In another petition, Muhammadullah, the father of missing Irfan, submitted that his son was picked up on 19th May, 2016 and was later shifted to an unknown place. “The whereabouts of my son have not been traced since 19th May,” he added.

Similarly, Asma informed the court that her husband Syed Masood went missing on 4th April of this year and his whereabouts have not been traced since then.

The petitioners alleged that their relatives are in the custody of law enforcers, but they are not disclosing it.

Citing DG Rangers Sindh, IGP Sindh and home secretary as respondents, the petitioners pleaded to the court to direct the respondents to produce the detainees before the court.

After the initial hearing, the court issued notices to deputy attorney general, advocate general Sindh and respondents to file their comments in the next hearings.