Islamabad-The Islamabad High Court yesterday directed the Interior Ministry to take up the matter of a Pakistani murder accused with the UAE government, who is detained there, and bring him back to the country for facing court.

Accused Muhammad Ahmad Sardar has been arrested through Interpol in the UAE and detained there but the Pakistan government has no extradition treaty with the UAE government to bring the accused back to the country.

In this matter, Khurshid Begum, mother of the accused, has moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking directions for the Ministry of Interior (MOI) to take up the matter with the UAE authorities and bring her son back to the country to face judicial process here.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Aamer Faroor, while hearing the case, yesterday directed the Ministry of Interior to officially take up this matter with the UAE government and bring the detained Pakistani citizen back to country for producing him before the concerned court within four weeks.

The accused, a resident of Bahawalpur, was allegedly involved in a murder case where a district court had declared him a proclaimed offender.

Later the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on the request of District Police Officer (DPO) Bahawalpur with the approval of Interior Ministry had issued red warrants for the accused.

Petitioner’s counsel Barrister Sehri while talking to The Nation told that Pakistan has no extradition treaty with the UAE therefore the government would face problems in bringing the accused back to country.

As a matter of process, different countries request Interpol head office in France to issue red warrants for the arrest of their accused. In the matter of Sardar, Interpol issued red warrants on August 6 when he was coming back to Pakistan and the UAE police arrested him on the basis of red warrants. Now Pakistani government does not have extradition treaty with the UAE therefore the Pakistani authorities have to take up this matter at government level to bring the accused back. From August 6, the accused is imprisoned there.

Barrister Sehri told that it will cost money to the Pakistani government for bringing the accused back. Therefore, the lawyer requested the court to direct the authorities to suspend arrest warrants of the accused so that he could come back by himself and then he could be arrested at a Pakistani airport.

IHC bench however denied this request and directed the Interior Ministry to take up the matter with UAE government.

Petitioner Khursheed Begum has nominated Interior Ministry and FIA as respondent. The respondents were represented in the IHC by the Deputy Attorney General Malik Feisel Rafique. Muhammad Ahmed Sardar is allegedly involved in the murder case of Muhammad Shahab.

Shahab’s body was found from a Canal located within the limits of Sama Sata police station, Bhawalpur, on October 16, 2011.

The counsel for Khursheed Begum told the court that initially Shahab’s father had lodged an FIR against unknown persons but later he had implicated Sardar, his wife Mehwish and some others relatives alleging that the suspects shot his son dead and dumped his body in the canal.

Father of the deceased Shahab in his complaint had alleged that the accused Sardar was inside country when his son was murdered and later he went to UAE. In February 2012, a district court in Bhawalpur had issued warrants of arrest for Sardar and later declared him proclaimed offender.

Barrister Sehri argued before the court that the son of his client may be provided with an opportunity to face the trial. All the other accused in this case were acquitted and Sardar was left the sole accused.