The Supreme Court has sought written explanations from the Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence chiefs, Judge Advocate General (JAG) and Chief Secretary Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Ghulam Dastagir Khan regarding Adiala Jail missing person, asking why the prisoners were not presented on court's earlier order.

Seven prisoners who were sought by the court earlier were presented before the three member bench of SC headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday.

Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa told the court that these prisoners were brought to Parachinar center on January 26, adding that he did not know where these were prior to this.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry inquired about the prisoners and asked where they were before January 26.

The court asked chief secretary KPK to submit a comprehensive report entailing the details of the detention within four days to the Registrar Office of the Supreme Court, while JAG, MI and ISI were told to submit their reports on March 01.

KPK chief secretary replied saying that he did not have knowledge regarding the whereabouts of the prisoners.

The chief justice criticized his statement and said, "A provincial chief secretary should be aware of everything that happens in the province."

"You should know where the Taliban are stationed and where an operation is carried out against them. You should have knowledge about the province," said Chief Justice Chaudhry.

The Chief Justice said he was fearing from God Almighty after seeing the condition of the prisoners. He said it would have to be seen where the missing persons were kept, by whom and under what law and how the prisoners died. He said if they were really criminals, the court has no sympathy for them but they should be treated according to law.

Justice Khilji Arif in his remarks said was the detention of these people not the violation of article 10 of the constitution?

Counsel of ISI and MI chiefs Raja Irshad informed the court that, complying with the court's orders, the prisoners were moved to Islamabad to be presented before the court.

Counsel of the prisoners Advocate Tariq Asad informed the court that during the confinement which lasted for more than a year, the prisoners were not exposed to the sunlight which worsened their health.

Advocate Asad further told the court that three out of the seven prisoners are suffering from kidney failure, while the rest have been diagnosed with other chronic diseases.

The court asked the counsel of ISI and MI chiefs if both the agencies had the constitutional authority to detain the civilians.

The chief justice said that the condition of the prisoners was rueful and that once the report is submitted, the court will determine if the detentions were lawful or not.

Defence of Human Rights Chairperson Amna Janjua prayed to the court that orders for the release of all the missing persons should be issued.

The three-member bench, headed by the chief justice, had served notices to the ISI and MI chiefs on January 25 to explain the circumstances behind the deaths of the prisoners.

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa governor was directed to present a report through the provincial chief secretary on the condition of the prisoners who are hospitalised in Peshawar and Parachinar.

The court gave the custody of the prisoners to Chief Secretary KPK and ordered him to ensure safety, treatment and proper food. The court also ordered the formation of a medical board for the examination of the prisoners and report be presented to it after every four days. It was also told to the Chief Secretry to ensure meeting of the prisoners with their families