ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan People’s Party yesterday submitted an adjournment motion in the Senate to discuss ‘the implications of custodial death’ allegedly at the hands of a law enforcement agency in Karachi the other day. The motion was submitted by Senator Farhatullah Babar.

An MQM activist Aftab Ahmad, also a close aide of MQM leader Farooq Sattar, allegedly died in the custody of Rangers in Karachi on May 3.

Farhatullah said that the incident had bought into focus the extrajudicial and custodial deaths not only in Karachi but also in Balochistan and highlights the need for adopting anti torture legislation at the earliest.

Extraordinary powers given to law enforcement agencies in the name of fighting terror must also have corresponding checks and oversight over the law enforcement agencies to prevent their alleged misuse.

In view of the conflicting statements made by Rangers and the doctors about when and how Aftab had died it is necessary to hold an impartial judicial investigation into the matter. He said there was also a need to review section 11 EEEE in the ATC 1997 which disallows judicial discretion in the matter of detention of suspects for up to 90 days without any oversight mechanism.

He said that the anti torture bill was passed unanimously by the Senate in March last year and is pending with the National Assembly and that the party will seek its early adoption.