LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Tuesday directed the Interior Ministry to allow meeting of the families and lawyers of the repatriated six Pakistani citizens who had been released from Bagram Theatre Internment Camp Afghanistan by the US authorities.

Justice Muhammad Khalid Mahmood Khan on November 25th had summoned Secretary Interior Ministry but he did not appear and a Director Legal of the ministry appeared on Tuesday. The Director Legal told the court that the Interior Secretary was busy in an emergency meeting. The judge expressed dismay over the statement.  The Director Legal presented a report stating that the Pakistani detainees released from the Bagram prison and transferred into the custody of the Pakistan government are being held by the Special Branch, Peshawar.

The court recorded the statement and ordered the ministry to give access to the families and lawyers of the repatriated detainees and to facilitate a meeting on December 2nd.

The court will take up the matter on December 5th.

A petition for release of six Pakistanis Hamidullah Khan, Sabeel Suleman, Abdul Qadir Imran, Muhammad Riaz, Abdul Karim and Palak Jan was filed on behalf of Justice Project for Pakistan (JPP).

Petitioner counsel Barrister Sarah Belal had submitted that the Pakistani citizens had been detained at Bagram jail without any charge or trial since 2003.

She said that they were abducted from Pakistan and removed to the infamous US prison in Afghanistan.

Earlier, the Foreign Affairs Ministry had informed that all six detainees had been released by the US authorities and had been handed over to the Pakistani authorities on November 16th, 2013.