Court directs authorities to `recover` men from ISI custody

A Pakistani court has directed the defence ministry to secure the release of two persons from the "illegal custody" of the ISI.

Lahore: A Pakistani court has directed
the defence ministry to secure the release of two persons from
the "illegal custody" of the Inter-Services Intelligence.

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif
passed the order yesterday in response to separate petitions
filed for the recovery of Habib-ur-Rehman of Rawalpindi and
Mubashar of Lahore.

The City Police Officer of Rawalpindi told the court
that an investigation into the alleged abduction of Habib-ur-
Rehman, 24, had confirmed that he was in the custody of the
ISI.

A police report said, "During the course of
investigation and based on the statements of eyewitnesses, it
(appears) that the abductee is in illegal custody of the ISI".

It further said a sketch of the abductor had been
prepared and the defence ministry was being approached to get
Habib-ur-Rehman recovered after the identification of the ISI
officer who abducted him.

A report filed in the case of Mubashar by acting
Interior Secretary Qamar-uz-Zaman said all 15 agencies working
under the ambit of the interior ministry had been thoroughly
interrogated but the man was not found in their custody.

The Chief Justice directed a Deputy Attorney General
to establish contact with the defence ministry and to get the
needful done for the recovery of the two men before the next
hearing of the matter on May 28.

Habib-ur-Rehman was abducted from a hotel at Murree
Road on Nov 18, 2009 and his family has had no communication
with him since then.

An FIR was registered with the Civil Lines police
station in Rawalpindi but police failed to recover him.

Mubashar`s father Muhammad Naseem has said that his
son was a teacher in a school of Garden Town in Lahore.

He alleged that ISI personnel abducted his son on
October 31, 2009 outside their house in Harbanspura.

Intelligence agencies have been accused of detaining
a large number of "terror suspects" from different parts of
the country.

PTI

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