Peshawar: PHC for registration of FIR in cases of missing persons
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday issued directives for lodging the first information reports in the missing persons’ cases after they remained untraced as all the intelligence agencies, security forces and police expressed ignorance regarding their whereabouts in the court. A two-member bench comprising Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel directed the Matani Police Station to lodge the first information report (FIR) in a missing person case.
The bench also asked the petitioner to register a case against the police or the intelligence agencies personnel if he had confirmed information about their involvement. Otherwise, the petitioner was asked to lodge an FIR against unknown persons.
The bench issued the directives after Deputy Attorney General Mohammad Iqbal Mohmand said that all the secret agencies and concerned police officers showed their ignorance regarding the whereabouts of the missing persons.
The bench then disposed of the case. Amir Faisal, a resident of South Waziristan, had filed the petition and claimed that on January 5, 2009 the security agencies picked his five relatives from the main gate of the Central Prison Peshawar.
The petitioner claimed that the Matani police arrested his five relatives including Ashraf, Abdul Qadir, Abdul Khaliq and Mohammad Alam, all residents of South Waziristan, and Hussain Akbar of Khyber Agency and shifted them to the prison. They were later released on bail but the intelligence agencies picked them up from the prison premises and since then there had been no clue to their whereabouts.
The same bench also disposed of another case of a missing person and issued directives to East Cantonment Police Station to lodge an FIR in the case from the petitioner’s side. The DAG submitted replies of all the secret agencies and police on affidavits in which they showed their complete ignorance regarding the missing persons.