Pak SC moved against US raid on Osama’s Abbottabad hideout

Advocate Tariq Asad stated that the US operation in Abbottabad has violated the fundamental rights of the citizens.

Updated: May 10, 2011, 20:09 PM IST

Islamabad: A constitutional petition has been filed in Pakistan’s Supreme Court, seeking a high level probe into the US military operation that killed Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad compound without the prior knowledge of their counterparts in Islamabad.

The petition was filed by advocate Tariq Asad under Article 184(3) of the Pakistan constitution, making the federation, the ministries of Interior, Defence and Foreign Affairs, Minister of Interior, Director Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Secretary to the Chief of Army Staff and Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani as respondents in the case, The Nation reports.

In the petition, Asad stated that the US operation in Abbottabad has violated the fundamental rights of the citizens and if the interim relief is not granted, the petitioner and the public may suffer an irreparable loss.

Asking the court to determine whether International Law has been violated during the attacks, Asad questioned: “Are the forces of any foreign country are entitled to conduct raid and fire on any person inside Pakistan, and kill the citizens or any person without due process of law? Whether a foreign country like US may press Pakistan to issue show cause notice to the ISI?”

He also urged the court to direct the respondents to submit complete list of visas issued to the Americans with their names, mode and place of issuance, and order the authorities concerned to reveal whether the visas were issued in accordance with the law.

The petitioner sought direction to the respondents to eject the Americans from Tarbela, Ghazi Base and other centres they were “spying” on, and also restrict the movement of Americans and all diplomats to the diplomatic areas.

He also pleaded the court to stop the respondents from handing over the wives, children and colleagues of Osama bin Laden to other countries.

Amid reports that the Pakistani government is planning to investigate the reasons behind ‘intelligence failure’ to detect bin Laden in Abbottabad, the petitioner said the government is under Washington’s pressure, and that there is no need to take such steps at this point in time.