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Missing Prisoners: SC issues notices to AG, spy agencies

12 April, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed anger over the miserable condition of seven Adiala Jail prisoners, presently detained in an internment centre in Landikotal, issued notices to the attorney general, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) advocate general and counsel for the ISI and MI to submit reply in this regard on Thursday (today).

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heard Rafia Bibi's petition. Rafia, the mother of three prisoners, died of a heart attack after seeing the miserable condition of her sons at the SC on February 13.

During the hearing, the CJP questioned Raja Muhammad Irshad, counsel for the ISI and MI, about the miserable condition of the prisoners. Irshad said that his clients' role was over and the KP chief secretary and provincial government were responsible in this regard.

KP Advocate General Asadullah Chamkani informed the bench that the internment centre was in Federally Administered Tribal Areas and fell under the jurisdiction of the KP governor.

The CJP said, "We would not allow anyone to badly treat the prisoners." He also praised the voluntary efforts of Tariq Asad, counsel for the missing prisoners.

Asad told the court that the lives of seven of 11 prisoners, who were allegedly picked up by the agencies, were in danger. He said that five of them, including Dr Niaz Ahmed, Abdul Basit, Gulrose, Muhammad Shafiq and Shafiqur Rehman, were detained in the internment centre in Landikotal. On April 6, he said, he along with the relatives of the missing prisoners visited the centre. He said they were disappointed to see that the prisoners were being kept in a little room with stinking beds.

The court adjourned the hearing until April 12.

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