Judge confirms two picked up by ISI
24 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: After receiving the inquiry report from a Chakwal sessions judge, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, on Friday directed the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) through the Defence Ministry to produce two missing brothers on September 28.
A Chakwal district and sessions judge told the SC that the two brothers – Umer Hayat and Umer Bakht – were picked up by the ISI on April 5, 2010, from Chakwal.
The SC bench also issued a notice to the attorney general of Pakistan (AGP) for assisting it in this matter.
It is to be noted that the court on July 26 directed the district and sessions judge to hold an inquiry into the matter related to the disappearances of the two brothers who, according to the local police, were picked up by the ISI.
The court had directed the sessions judge to record the statement of Malik Amir Farooq, owner of a local coalmine, Chakwal Station House Officer (SHO) Badar Munir, the police checkpost in-charge, and assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) Khizar Hayat, Wajid Latif and Shabbir.
The bench had further asked the judge to determine whether the brothers were detained by the intelligence agencies, as alleged by the police. According to the statement of ASI Shabbir, two brothers, who were working as labourers at the coalmine of Malik Amir Farooq, were handed over to the ISI personnel.
During the hearing, the chief justice said that since it had been established that these two persons were in the custody of the ISI, the court would take action against the accused intelligence officials.
Meanwhile, the court expressed its annoyance over the transfer of Inspector Ahsaan Elahi from Chakwal to Attock, who was investigating the case, and asked the additional advocate general to take the matter with the Punjab Police inspector general, and submit a report in the SC Registrar Office before the next hearing.
It is also learnt that Chakwal DSP (Legal) Raja Nasir, who was supervising the investigation, has also been transferred from Chakwal to Attock. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja said it was a big joke with the court that a police official, who was cooperating with it (SC), had been transferred. The hearing of the case has been adjourned until August 28.
Meanwhile, in another case of a missing person, Mudassir Iqbal, Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokhar told the SC that United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Timo Pakala was expected to join the investigation next week.