LAHORE - The Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Wednesday told the Lahore High Court that it did not carry out any raid to arrest Turkish citizens who had reportedly been deported to Turkey.

The CTD submitted a written reply before the court of Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza saying that the Turkish citizens including Pak-Turk Schools President Mesut Kacmaz were not involved in any terrorism activity.

Secretary Interior, however, could not appear before the court as he was abroad on official visit. A law officer on behalf the federal government pleaded the court to give some time for appearance of the secretary. The court allowed the request and adjourned the proceedings until Nov 07.  Orhan Uygun, a Turkish citizen, had moved the petition through his counsel Asma Jahangir and submitted that his colleague Kacmaz and his family members had been deported to Turkey. The petitioner said that Turkish family had been taken out of Pakistan on a special plane sent by Turkish government. He said the family was deported forcibly and handed over to Turkish police, which entered the soil of Pakistan.

 He pleaded that the federal government had undertaken before the court last year that the Turkish employees of the Pak-Turk School would not be deported till Nov 24, 2017. However, he said Mr Kacmaz and his family had been abducted by unidentified persons from their house and there was likelihood that they would soon be deported in violation of the court’s order. He said the police also refused to register a case about the abduction.  The petitioner prayed the court to order the government recovery of his colleague and his family members from the custody of abductors.

LHC allows amendment to ICA against Sana

A Lahore High Court division bench on Wednesday allowed amendment to an intra court appeal seeking disqualification of Punjab law Minister Rana Sanaullah for his alleged anti-judiciary speeches. The bench directed the appellate to remove names of unnecessary respondents in the appeal.

Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen’s Deputy Secretary Abbas Nasir had challenged the decision of a single bench that had dismissed a writ petition against Rana declaringi it as not maintainable.

He submitted that the law minister gave derogatory remarks against the judge who conducted judicial inquiry into the 2014 Model Town incident. He said that Rana Sana by his remarks attempted to malign and scandalize the judiciary.

He said that the law minister also violated his oath by scandalising state institution and requested to declare Rana Sana ineligible to remain member of the assembly.