islamabad-The Islamabad High Court yesterday directed Station House Officer Shalimar to submit his written reply in a matter where a women seeking recovery of her missing husband.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah conducted hearing of the petition and expressed his annoyance over non-submission of replies by Military Intelligence (MI) and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) in this matter. During the hearing, SHO Shalimar Police Station Fayyaz Ranjha appeared before the court and informed the bench that the vehicle in which the missing person Sajid was kidnapped seems to be a government vehicle. He added that they had written letters to all intelligence agencies and inspector generals (IGs) of all the provinces for information and waiting for their reply. Then, Justice Athar directed the SHO to submit a written reply while he also issued directions to both the agencies to depute their responsible officers on the next hearing to be held on August 23.  Previously, the IHC bench had issued notices to all the respondents, including secretaries’ ministries of interior and defense, DG Intelligence Bureau, DG ISI and DG MI, Inspector General (IG) Islamabad police and SHO Shalimar police as respondents.

According to the petition, Mahera and her missing husband Sajid Mehmood are both engineers by profession and running a small software development firm called QualityClix and both are parents to three daughters.

The petitioner who is a resident of F-10/1 mentioned in the petition that on the evening of March 14, Sajid Mehmood came back home when all the family members were present there with Ameen Ullah Khan, a domestic helper also. Around 6pm, when the domestic helper opened the gate to go out for an errand, he found eight men standing outside.

The petitioner added that these men immediately barged in while some of the intruders were clad in black uniforms inscribed with the insignia “NO FEAR” which is usually worn by members of the Elite police force. Some amongst the uniformed men also had black facemasks. The rest of the intruders were clad in plain shalwar kameez which is characteristic of special police and intelligence agency personnel.

The petitioner continued that after forcing their way into his home, the kidnappers seized Sajid and took him out to their car. After that, for around 20 minutes or so, the intruders ransacked the house and took away computer equipment belonging to the family. They also took away Sajid’s wallet as well as the petitioner’s wallet. She maintained that since the incident happened around evening time, the street was full of people, including children playing outdoors. As a result, the incident was witnessed by a large number of eyewitnesses. Many of them have also signed affidavits to this effect. Mahera stated that she submitted a written application to Police Station Shalimar. Despite this application, the police did not register an FIR. Instead, it made a mere diary entry. FIR No. 216/2016 was finally registered on July 25, 2016, more than 4 months after the incident. The FIR was registered reluctantly and only after the intervention of the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearance to whom this matter had been reported by the detenu’s father.

 She said that despite the registration of FIR and despite the Commission’s clear instructions to the respondents, no sincere and adequate efforts are being made for the recovery of Sajid from the illegal custody.

The petitioner said that because of the evidence provided by the eyewitnesses regarding the uniform worn by Sajid’s captors, it should not be difficult to trace and recover him, provided the executive authorities proceed with the right intentions.

Therefore, she prayed to the court to order recovery of her husband and also order investigation against the abductors.