Islamabad: Pakistan`s powerful military
intelligence agencies, facing an unprecedented pressure from
the Supreme Court, on Monday produced seven prisoners who were
reportedly arrested without due process last year.
The seven men, their faces covered with blankets and
unable to walk without assistance, were presented before a
three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.
This was the first time they were seen in public since
they were reportedly detained by the intelligence agencies in
The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military
Intelligence reportedly handed over the men to the government
of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province recently after the Supreme
Court took up their case.
Four of the men were being held in Peshawar and three in
Parachinar, the main town of Kurram tribal region near the
Four others who were detained with these seven men have
died in mysterious circumstances over the past six months.
Relatives of the four dead men have said their bodies
bore marks of torture and abuse.
Chief Justice Chaudhry ordered authorities to form a
medical board to conduct a detailed examination of the seven
He also directed the ISI and Military Intelligence to
submit a report with details about their detention and the law
under which they were held at the next hearing on March 1.
"There should be proper medical treatment and they shall
not be shifted to the internment centre in Parachinar so long
as the matter is pending in court," Chaudhry said.