KARACHI: The father of one of the suspected members of militant outfit Ansarul Sharia who was reportedly killed in a shootout with Rangers last month on Wednesday has moved the Sindh High Court (SHC), claiming that his son had been kept in illegal detention for over a month before being killed.
The suspect, Hafiz Saad Jamal, was one of the suspected terrorists killed in the October 22 raid.
Father of the suspect, Roshan Jamal, filed a petition in the SHC against the “extra-judicial killing” of Hafiz and the illegal detention of another.
The petition states that the Rangers officials picked up Hafiz from near his house in Gulshan-e-Maymar on September 6 when he was returning after Fajr prayers.
The law-enforcement agencies (LEA) also raided the Roshan’s house and took away Hafiz’s mobile phone and laptop and told the family that their son would be released after an enquiry, added the petition.
According to the petition, the family also reported Hafiz’s detention on the Rangers’ helpline through a voice message on September 8 but no response was received.
The petition further states that LEA officials raided his house again on September 24 and took away his other son, Mohammad Hassan Jamal, who works at Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission, along with his laptop, mobile phone and motorcycle.
Roshan in the petition said that on October 22, the Rangers and Counter-Terrorism Department officials announced in a press conference that eight people, including his son Hafiz, had been killed following a shootout with Ansarul Sharia militants in Baldia Town.
The announcement of the extra-judicial killing of Hafiz caused severe mental trauma and agony to his family and friends, the petition stated, adding that Roshan was apprehensive that his other son Hassan might also have been killed in a fake encounter because till now the family had heard no news about him.
The bereaved father stated that the respondents had violated the principles of justice and the Constitution which promises protection to all citizens.
He requested that the court order the police and Rangers to produce his detained son in court and provide details of the charges against him.
After a preliminary hearing, an SHC division bench headed by Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto issued notices to the federal and provincial law officers and the Sindh prosecutor general directing them to submit their response by November 30.
On October 22, the Rangers spokesperson had confirmed that eight terrorists were gunned down in an operation conducted by Rangers and Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) personnel in Raees Goth area of Karachi’s Baldia Town.
Security officials claimed to have killed at least eight militants of the group, including their chief, after a gunfight in Raees Goth, Baldia Town.
The suspects were identified as group chief Sheharyar Warsi alias Abdullah Hashmi, Arsalan Baig, Saad Jamal [the petitioner’s son], Kamran Riaz, Abu Bakar, Talha Ansari, Nihalul Haq and Hassan Haroon.