KARACHI - Sindh High Court has barred the concerned authorities from arresting Sindhi nationalist leader, Qadir Bux Jatoi, if he returns to the country from exile. Jatoi was among the 54 political workers who were released from the Hyderabad prison after late Mir Murtaza Bhutto high-jacked a PIA flight in 1981. A Sindh High Court bench comprising on Justice Khilji Arif Hussein and Justice Dr Qamaruddin Bohra conducted the hearing Tuesday on the petition moved by Nazir Jatoi, the younger brother of Qadir Bux Jatoi. The petitioner had submitted termed that the exile of Jatoi was illegal and appealed to nullify the verdict of the military court in 1981 for his life imprisonment. The said military court had awarded punishment to Qadir Jatoi for his alleged involvement in attack on a military truck in Jamshoro during an agitation campaign in which a soldier, Fazal Rabbi, was killed while two others sustained injuries. The protesters had killed Rabbi in reaction to the alleged assault of a female student of People's Medical College by an army officer. The incident had caused severe anger among students of different educational institutions including Sindh University, Mehran University and Liaqat Medical College, who staged a joint protest. On the next day of the agitation, Qadir Bus Jatoi and others were arrested and imprisoned in Hyderabad Jail. In retaliation, a group of Al-Zulfiqar activists, led by late Mir Murtaza Bhutto, high-jacked a PIA plane in March 1981 and demanded the release of detained political leaders including Qadir Bux Jatoi. Barrister Zameer Ghumro appeared before the court, on behalf of the petitioner, and submitted that Qadir Bux Jatoi was not involved in high-jacking nor he had sought his release from the prison. Referring to a book published in Pakistan, in which it was revealed that when the political prisoners were being released on the demand of high-jackers, Qadir Bux, did not agree to go with them. Ghumro further submitted that there was no record of Jatoi's release from Hyderabad prison, adding, however, that he was shifted to Karachi Central Jail from Hyderabad. Earlier, Advocate General Yousuf Leghari observed that, as per constitution, no citizen could be forced into exile. On hearing arguments, the court ordered the concerned authorities to refrain from arresting Qadir Bux Jatoi if he returns home after ending his exile. Currently, Jatoi is living in England. In another case, a division bench of SHC comprising Justice Athar Saeed and Justice Arshad Noor Khan adjourned the hearing of a petition, filed by MQM leader Amir Khan against his imprisonment for ten years, till 15 December. The bench directed the Attorney General to appear before the court and submit his comments regarding the matter. A lower court had convicted Amir Khan under Arms Act and his alleged involvement in attempt to murder case.