Top ISI official ordered to appear in `forced disappearance` case

Major Tariq, reportedly serving with the ISI, had allegedly detained the two men in the intelligence agency`s office.

Last Updated: Feb 20, 2012, 21:02 PM IST

Islamabad: A Pakistani court on Monday ordered a
top official of the country`s spy agency ISI to appear before
it in connection with a `forced disappearance` case, days
after the apex court directed military intelligence agencies
to produce seven men reportedly detained without due process.

Justice Anwarul Haq Qureshi of Islamabad High Court
ordered the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen
Shuja Pasha to ensure the presence of an army officer
identified only as Major Tariq before him at the next hearing
on March 14 in connection with a "missing persons" case.

The order was issued in connection with the case of two
doctors - Abdul Qayyum and Abdul Wahid - who were reportedly
detained due to their alleged association with a banned group.

Relatives of the doctors filed a petition in the High
Court in which they said the two men went missing in Rahim Yar
Khan area of Punjab in August last year.

Major Tariq, reportedly serving with the ISI, had
allegedly detained the two men in the intelligence agency`s
office at Sector G-9 in Islamabad, the petition said.

The Supreme Court and the Peshawar High Court are
currently hearing cases related to "missing persons" - an
euphemism for persons detained without charge or arrested
without due process by intelligence and security agencies.

Rights groups like Human Rights Watch have said that
intelligence agencies are responsible for these detentions,
particularly in Balochistan province.

In a recent case, the Supreme Court forced the ISI and
Military Intelligence to produce seven men who were detained
since 2010.

An unnamed security official told state-run APP news
agency that the men were detained because there was evidence
that they were linked to several high-profile terrorist
attacks.

PTI