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LHC tells Defence Ministry to release ‘illegally detained’ lawyer

RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday termed the detention of Advocate Lt Col (r) Inamur Rahim — who is a petitioner in multiple cases of allegedly missing persons — against the law.

Presiding over the proceedings, Justice Mirza Waqas Rauf termed the lawyer’s detention illegal and directed authorities to set him free.

Rahim was picked up from his residence by law enforcement officials in December last year. Subsequently, on Jan 2, the Defe­nce Ministry informed the LHC that Rahim was in the custody of its subordinate agency and that he was being probed for allegedly violating the Official Secrets Act, 1923 — the anti-espionage law.

The revelation was made only after the court sought a reply on a petition filed by the defence and interior ministries. However, a representative of the Defence Ministry did not specify exactly what violations had been committed by the detained lawyer.

Rahim had previously filed numerous petitions for the recovery of missing persons and against administrative orders of the armed forces. Moreover, he was the counsel in petitions filed against high-profile court-martial proceedings about the GHQ attack and conviction of naval officers among others.

On Dec 17, 2019, Rahim’s son Hasnain Inam said that his father was abducted from his home in the Askari 14 housing scheme of the garrison city. Husnain said that around eight to 10 persons had “picked up” his father from the house.

“They gained entry into our house by claiming to be my friends. My mother had opened the door [thinking they were my friends],” he had stated. “These people were armed, they forcibly woke my father up before taking him along,” he had said.

According to the son, his father was whisked away in a car with black mirrors, while another vehicle with black mirrors followed behind.

“The incident occurred around midnight,” he had said.

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