Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday issued notices to defence and interior secretaries and inspector general (IG) of Islamabad police in a petition seeking recovery of a missing lawyer Hammad Dadan Advocate.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui issued the notices and directed the Secretaries defence and interior to depute a responsible official to apprise the court about the missing lawyer.

Mumtaz Anwar Abbasi, father of detenu Hammad Dadan, moved the court through his counsel Mirza Shahzad Akbar and cited station house officer (SHO) police station I-9, IGP, ministry of defence through its secretary, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Directorate through its director general and ministry of interior through its secretary.

The petitioner informed the court that his son did his LLB (Hons) from University of Sussex, UK. He returned to Pakistan because he was passionate for contributing to dispensation of justice in his country.

He told that on the evening of June 20, Hammad decided to attend Taraweeh prayer at Masjid Imam Abu Daud, opposite to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), and around 9:00pm he left his home. On his way to the mosque, Hammad picked up three other young friends who also wanted to attend Taraweeh prayer at the same mosque.

Abbasi added that three friends included Ammar Dadan, Abdullah Umar s/o Col (Retd) Khalid Mahmud Abassi, and Ahmad s/o Haji Bashir. Ammar Dadan, around 28-year-old, is second cousin of Hammad. He continued that at about 11:00pm, the petitioner received a call on his mobile phone from Hammad’s mobile phone. Hammad seemed in a state of shock and spoke briefly. He said, “Father, my car had been hit. We are near Beaconhouse School. Please come to help us.”

Mumtaz said that he drove towards Beaconhouse Margalla Campus, H-8, immediately. He stated when he reached near Beaconhouse at around 11:30pm, he found out that Hammad’s car was standing on the road but Hammad was nowhere. Instead, the car was surrounded by a large number of bystanders who had gathered over there. Behind Hammad’s car was another car, which had been left half up-turned and was being lifted up by a crane.

The aggrieved father further stated that Ahmad Bashir, the teenager friend of Hammad and the assembled people at the spot, which included a number of policemen, informed the petitioner that Hammad, Ammar and Abdullah have been abducted by armed personal belonging to Inter-Service Intelligence, respondent number 4.

Mumtaz Anwar said that he was informed that a number of other vehicles owned by respondent number 1 started chasing the car of detenus when they left Masjid Daud after the Taraweeh. He told the court that detenus had been taken away without any legal justification and in an unlawful manner. Further, the way the detenus have been or are being treated with is in utter violation of his constitutional right to be dealt with in accordance with the law laid in Article 4 read with Article 9 of the Constitution of Pakistan as both the Articles postulate that no person can ever be deprived of life or liberty without going through the due process of law, if so required. Article 4 of the constitution states as “no action detrimental to the life, liberty, body, reputation or property of any person shall be taken except in accordance with law,” whereas the article 9 reads that “no person shall be deprived of life or liberty save in accordance with law.”

Therefore, he prayed to the court that it may be pleased to issue a writ in the nature of habeas corpus to the respondents directing them to immediately produce the detenus before this court and provide redress for the criminal offences committed by the respondents against the detenus by directing the relevant authorities that criminal charges, under the relevant laws of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan be registered against those responsible for the abduction and subsequent detention of the detenus.