Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday re-issued summoning orders for secretary defence directing him to appear before the court in person on Wednesday in the abduction case of Hammad Dadan Advocate who was allegedly taken away by the personnel of a law enforcement agency.

Expressing his annoyance over non-appearance of the secretary defence, a single-member bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui remarked that it seemed that the concerned authorities were not taking court’s orders seriously. Justice Siddiqui further remarked that the court could initiate contempt of court proceedings if secretary defence did not appear before the court.

During the hearing of the petition, Additional Attorney General Aafnan Karim Kundi appeared before the court and ensured the court that the secretary defence would appear before it on the next hearing. He added that the secretary could not appear before the court since court’s summoning orders could not be served on him timely due to some mistake.

Therefore, the court re-issued his summoning orders and directed him to appear before the court on the next date of hearing fixed as July 8 (Wednesday).

Previously, the same bench had issued these summoning orders after secretary defence and director general (DG) Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) failed to depute their officials to apprise the court about this matter despite court’s repeated orders in this regard.

The court issued these directions while hearing the petition moved by Hammad’s father Mumtaz Anwar Abbasi through his counsel Mirza Shahzad Akbar Advocate after police failed to produce the lawyer despite court’s clear directions in this regard.

In this particular matter, Mumtaz Anwar Abbasi, father of detenu Hammad Dadan, had moved the court seeking recovery of his missing son and cited station house officer (SHO) police station I-9, Islamabad, inspector general (IG) of Islamabad police, ministry of defence through its secretary, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Directorate through its director general and ministry of interior through its secretary as respondents.

The petitioner had prayed to the court that it may be pleased to issue a writ in the nature of habeas corpus to the respondents directing them to immediately produce the detenus before this court and provide redressal for the criminal offences committed by the respondents against the detenus by directing the relevant authorities that criminal charges, under the relevant laws of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan be registered against those responsible for the abduction and subsequent detention of the detenus.