Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will Monday (today) take up petition of a woman who has approached the court challenging the prolonged detention of her husband Muhammad Zakir who is a sepoy in Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Aamer Farooq will conduct the hearing of the petition moved by Saeeda Akhtar through her counsel Col (Retd) Inam-ul-Rahim and sought recovery of her husband.

She cited the Federation of Pakistan through Secretary Defense, Chief of Air Staff, Provost Marshal Pakistan Air Force and two others as respondents in her petition.

The petitioner adopted in the petition that on 8-10-2013, an incident took place at airbase when a soldier opened fire with his service weapon at other fellow soldiers and the husband of the petitioner also received bullet injuries and was evacuated to CMH where he remained admitted till 8-11-2013.

She continued that the soldiers present on the scene of occurrence attempted to overpower the firer but during the process, he resisted and got killed by his own weapon.

The counsel for the petitioner informed the court that thereafter, the base authorities got the husband of petitioner forcibly discharged from CMH on 8-11-2013, when he was yet under treatment and since then he has been under close arrest without any charge-sheet. Therefore, the petitioner prayed to the court that the prolonged detention of her husband and the manner of the said detention both be declared illegal and in contravention of defence service laws and rules made there under, he may be produced before this august court and be set at liberty forthwith as hither to fore.

She also requested that the respondents be directed to release the pay and allowance of the petitioner’s husband forthwith.