PESHAWAR - The Peshawar High Court on Thursday directed the law enforcement agencies and Khyber Paktunkhwa Inspector General of Police to either release the missing persons or bring them for an open trial and convince the court as well their relatives.
When the hearing started, dozens of relatives of the missing persons came to the court while holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans to seek release of their loved ones. On this occasion, Secretary Defense Asif Yaseen Malik informed the court that no illegal steps has been taken during the military operations and the law enforcement agencies has always cared about the basic human rights of the citizens.
He said that they have all the data of the arrested persons and all the decisions of the court would be implemented with litter and spirit and if any person was found internment centre, court must take strict action against them.
Director Legal, Commander Shehbaz also appeared in the court and informed the court that there is no person in interment centre, for whom their relatives filed writ petition. He said that more than 95 other people have filed a new writ in the court regarding missing persons, however adding that they would appraise the court regarding these new cases in next four weeks.
Home Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Azam Khan also appeared before the court and said they have restored the internment centre of Kohat and Lakki Marwat where more than 70 missing persons have been shifted while 35 persons have been released.
He disclosed that 10 others persons were declared terrorists, however he said that no single person of the new list was present in the internment centre and they would soon contact Federal government in this regard. On this occasion Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General of Police Akbar Khan Hoti also assured the court that there is no illegal harassment centre in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and all the missing persons are present in internment centres of Lakki and Kohat.
Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan asked the KP inspector General of Police that to properly investigate the matter as police has also detained some persons in woman police stations. He directed to bring the missing persons for open trail or release them from the harassment centre. The Chief justice adjourned the case till to March 29, 2013.