LAHORE  - The Lahore High Court learnt here Thursday the six Pakistani citizens, repatriated from a US prison in Afghanistan, were being kept under unfavorable sanitary conditions in a Peshawar jail, treated harshly by the authorities, and humiliated.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the six men had been released by the United States on November 16, and handed over to the Pakistani authorities.  They had been abducted from Pakistan and later removed to Bagram jail in 2003 without any charge or even trial, the Justice Project Pakistan, a non-profit human rights law firm, had submitted in its petition, through lawyer Sarah Belal. 

The counsel, who visited Peshawar Central Jail on court orders, said the repatriates were being kept under unfavorable sanitary conditions. They were being maltreated and humiliated, she said, citing the detainees.

Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan had directed the Interior Ministry to allow families and lawyer[s] to visit the repatriates.

“They were all forced to put signatures and thumb impressions on blank sheets,” Sarah told the court.

The government had been making a mockery of the judicial process throughout the proceedings with its delaying tactics, she contended, arguing that the detainees were moved in the dead of night to escape the high court’s jurisdiction.

The counsel stated this new instrument of deception was being used to cover their track record.

Upon this, the court directed the Interior Ministry to file its response to the contentions of the detainees’ counsel.

The hearing was adjourned till December 7.

The petitioner had submitted that Pakistani citizens Hamidullah Khan, Sabeel Suleman, Abdul Qadir Imran, Muhammad Riaz, Abdul Karim and Palak Jan had been detained at Bagram jail without any trial.