`Pak SC, police can`t proceed against Army officials`

The Military Intelligence in Pak has objected that the SC and the police had no jurisdiction to proceed against any serving Army officer under the Army Act, 1952.

Last Updated: Jun 12, 2013, 13:21 PM IST

Islamabad: The Military Intelligence (MI) in Pakistan has objected that the Supreme Court and the police had no jurisdiction to proceed against any serving army officer under the Army Act, 1952.

The objection from MI came as it was submitting a reply about the producing of a missing person.

According to the Daily Times, the counsel for MI, Ibrahim Satti, submitted a reply over the application of a woman, Abida Malik, whose husband Tasif Ali went missing on November 23, 2011 from the Sadiqabad police precinct in Rawalpindi.

Earlier, the father-in-law of the same missing person told a three-member bench of the apex court that he had met with a MI officer, Major Haider, in Azad Kashmir (Mirpur), who had ensured that Tasif Ali would return home soon.
In view of the statement, Sadiqabad SHO Tanveer Javed reached Mirpur for recording the statement Major Haider.

According to the report, but the commander concerned had told the police that no one by the name of Major Haider had ever been posted there.

When the police informed the SC about the prevailing situation on May 29, the court directed the Defence Ministry through deputy attorney general to furnish a report on recording a statement of Major Haider, the report said.

In response to the court order, Ibrahim Satti submitted that it was a well-settled principal of the law that every court had to decide its jurisdiction first and then proceed in the matter.

The learned counsel also said that it had been made crystal clear that serving army personnel could not be investigated by any court or police, the report added.