ISLAMABAD - Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday disposed of a petition related to a missing person allegedly abducted by intelligence agencies and directed the petitioner to approach Commissioner Bannu for the medical examination of the detenue Ameer Ahmed, currently confined in Lakki Marwat internment centre.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui issued these orders in a petition moved by Ameer Ahmed’s wife Rashida Ameer who alleged that law-enforcing agencies had abducted her husband from Rahim Yar Khan. During the hearing, Rashida Ameer informed the court that her husband Ameer was being victimised of physical and mental torture in the internment centre and he was not being permitted to meet his family members. She contended that her husband was being kept illegally in the confinement and even no hearing of trial against him was held yet. She continued that 12 dead bodies had been sent from the centre lest his dead body would also be sent.

However, the representative of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government informed the court that meeting of Oversight Board comprising the representatives of provincial government and officials of sensitive agencies is likely to be held in the current week to discuss this matter and a report about Ameer Ahmed would be presented before the participants of the meeting.

On this juncture, Justice Siddiqui directed that trail against the detenue should be completed within three months after the meeting of Oversight Board. The court also directed the petitioner to approach Commissioner Bannu for the medical examination of Ameer.

Deputy Attorney General Tariq Mehmood Jehangiri informed the court that provincial government had made it clear that Ameer Ahmed has full liberty to meet his relatives and the detenue was not being tortured of any kind.

After hearing the arguments of both the sides, the court disposed of the petition after issuing aforementioned directives.

It is pertinent to mention here that earlier, on the directives of Islamabad High Court (IHC), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities produced Ameer Ahmed before the court while the detenue Ameer had informed the court that law-enforcing agencies arrested him on February 10, 2011 from Rahim Yar Khan and kept him in solitary confinement in Rahim Yar Khan till March 16. Then, they shifted him in a secret cell in Bahawalpur. From there, he was taken to Peshawar and later, detained him in Lakki Marwat internment centre. He also revealed before the court that some 500 to 600 people were also present in the internment where he was being kept.

However, Deputy Attorney General Tariq Mehmood Jehangiri denied these facts and said that the law enforcing agencies arrested him from Khajori check post in North Waziristan on January 3, 2012. Tariq told that they also recovered 6 hand grenades, AK-47 rifle and suicide jacket from his custody. He apprised the court that detenue is currently being tried under Actions (In Aid of Civil Power) Regulations, 2011 for FATA.

The petitioner Rashda Ameer wife of Ameer Ahmed had moved the court through his counsel advocate Wajeeh Ullah Khan and made federation of Pakistan through secretary interior, secretary ministry of defence, DCO Rahim Yar Khan, DPO Rahim Yar Khan, director general Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), DG Military Intelligence and three others as respondents in her petition.

She had alleged that a police van along with some cars and white double cabin vehicles stopped at the door of the compound on 10-2-2011 and about 10 armed persons some of whom were in uniform and the others were in simple dress entered into the compound without any permission and enquired about Rana Abdul Rehman the brother of her husband.

She continued that her husband told them that he was neither there nor he knew his whereabouts. “At this, they forcibly took him out and got him in one of their vehicles and left,” she added.

The petitioner said that she contacted respondents No 8 and 9 who told that the agencies had abducted him and there was no record of her husband in both the police stations. They also told her that if she could produce Abdul Rehman before DCO Rahim Yar Khan then, he could help her to recover her husband.

She informed that the background of this case is that the brother of petitioner’s husband had been implicated in a case and in that case some accused had been acquitted and some others were convicted.

She argued that her husband was abducted to pressurise the family for the recovery of her husband’s brother whereas the petitioner, detenue or any other member of the family is aware of his whereabouts. Therefore, she prayed to the court to declare the detention of her husband without lawful authority and no legal effect. She also prayed that the court may direct the respondents to set the detenue at liberty being in illegal confinement.