RAWALPINDI – Unidentified miscreants set alight a car of a military legal officer, Inamur Rahim, in Kashmir Colony on Saturday in an attack that is being seen as a bid to refrain him from pursuing lawsuits regarding army officers and missing persons, who had been in alleged custody of intelligence agencies.

Rahim, a retired colonel, told The Nation that the agencies had been allegedly trying to scare him and his family just because he was pursuing cases regarding army men in different courts.

Also, Rahim had moved a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), challenging the three-year service extension to the army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who had already reached the age of superannuation.

Witnesses said up to 10 armed men, riding on two cars and three motorcycles, appeared at a garage in Rahimabad area, where his son, namely Shoaib Inam, was getting a car repaired.

“After dropping my father at the district courts, I drove the car to a garage to have it serviced. The mechanic was still fixing the problem, when the attackers appeared on the scene and started slapping me after getting hold of me,” Shoaib Inam, a university student, told the media.

He said they also tried to kidnap him, but backed off when faced with resistance from locals and passers-by. “An old man, who was the first to step in, said to the miscreants he would not allow them to take me away,” added Shoaib Inam.

Upon this, he further said, the attackers poured petrol on his vehicle, torched it, and later drove away from the scene. He also said the miscreants called him a drug pusher.

A case under sections 365, 511 and 536 of the Pakistan Penal Code has been registered in the Airport Police Station on the statements of Shoaib and witnesses against the unidentified assailants. Investigation Officer Syed Arshad Kaleem said the car had been set afire and two parties were wrestling with each other by the time he reached the crime site on being informed by officials of the Rescue 15 about a brawl going on in Kashmir Colony.

The sub-inspector further said that 8 to 10 unidentified men had grabbed Shoaib Inam calling him a drug peddler. When the area people argued with these attackers that the boy was a student not a drug pusher, a brawl ensued.

Col (r) Inamur Rahim complained that so far, the RA Bazaar Police Station had not registered a case against the armed men who attacked him Wednesday night.

The cases being contested by him included the trial of Brig (retired) Ali Khan and four majors by a military court for their allegiance to the Hizbut Tehrir, defending a man convicted by a military court for planning an attack on the GHQ, and pleading the case of one of the three brothers, who died after they were allegedly taken away by the intelligence agencies from Adyala Jail after the charges against them in terrorism cases were dropped.

Meanwhile, the legal fraternity observed a complete boycott on Saturday and Friday against the attack on a prominent lawyer.