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Intelligence officials should be prosecuted over enforced disappearances: IHC judge

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  • “Time will come when intelligence officers will be prosecuted.”
  • “Police are front face of the state,” says IHC justice.
  • Practice of enforced disappearance only prevails in Pakistan: IHC.

ISLAMABAD: Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani of Islamabad High Court (IHC) has observed that enforced disappearances take place because state institutions do not believe in the rule of law and called for prosecuting intelligence agencies’ officials.

“Is it difficult that police will write a supplementary [statement in FIR] and make the intelligence officers accused? Time will come when intelligence officers will be prosecuted,” the IHC judge remarked during a hearing of a petition filed by lawyer Imaan Mazari seeking recovery of missing Baloch students on Wednesday.

Justice Kayani said the prime minister, secretaries of interior and defense must give an affidavit that enforced disappearance will not happen in the future.

“Police are the front face of the state, other institutions are not..,” he added.

The IHC judge said trials of terrorists are held in anti-terrorism courts. “Is it forbidden to hold the trial of Baloch extremists in the same courts?” asked Justice Kayani.

The IHC judge also asked the federal government to restore the anti-terrorism courts in Balochistan to hold trials of the accused and added that the petitioners seeking recovery of missing Baloch students did not want to protect terrorists.

“The concept of missing persons is only found in Pakistan, not in other countries,” the judge noted.

During the hearing, the IHC judge also expressed concerns about the well-being of recovered persons.

“No missing Baloch person has ever come before me after recovery…I don’t know if the recovered people are fine or not?”

The IHC judge also inquired from petitioner Mazari whether the protest sit-in staged by protesters against enforced disappearances is still underway.

Mazari informed the court that the Baloch protesters sit-in was still going on and they were harassed again despite court’s directives.

The IHC adjourned the hearing of the case till February 13.

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No “major breakthrough” in the opposition-led JUI-F and PTI meeting

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Maulana Fazalur Rehman stated that mending rifts in relationships and getting rid of resentment in an interview with the media in Islamabad with a team from the Tehreek-e-Tahafuz-e-Ayeen-e-Pakistan that paid him a visit.

While no significant progress was made at the meeting, all sides decided to keep in touch in order to plan for the future.

“A positive message,” according to the JUI-F chief, was received with open arms by the delegation. Taking a “united” stance on national issues was the primary goal of the meeting, he said.

Democracy is losing its appeal, and Pakistan’s parliament and constitution are losing their respect. In parliament, Maulana Fazalur Rehman continued, “we should have a single voice.”

Remarking on the event, National Assembly Opposition Leader Omar Ayub thanked the JUI-F leader for ‘warmly’ receiving the group.

We had a fruitful discussion in the meeting, he declared, urging the opposition parties to work with the PTI to “protect” the constitution.

Constitutional violations and a lack of a rule of law are the claims made by Omar Ayub. According to him, there was “no reason” why the police searched the PTI’s Islamabad central secretariat office.

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In the instance of illegal recruitment, Pervaiz Elahi is granted bail.

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The earlier-reserved court ruling was delivered by LHC Judge Sultan Tanveer Ahmad on Tuesday.

LHC had filed a post-arrest bail motion, according to the former chief minister.

On October 25, 2023, Pervaiz was taken into custody by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE).

From June 1 to September 18, Elahi has been arrested in a number of crimes; the most recent one was reported by the Punjab ACE on September 18.

More: Pervaiz Elahi’s condition “deteriorated” in Adiala jail; he was hurried to PIMS.

In the Punjab Assembly, Elahi illegally hired 12 people for grade 17 positions, according to information provided by an ACE representative.

In the provincial assembly, the candidates were chosen through record-altering.

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The bail petition of Parvez Elahi in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by the ATC.

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A bail application filed by Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, a leader of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) party, in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on the grounds of prematurity.

ATC Judge Arshad Javed announced the decision during today’s hearing.

The counsel representing Parvez Elahi contended that there was a significant likelihood of his client being arrested in relation to the Jinnah House attack case. It was stated that the ex-Chief Minister had previously been held in custody on judicial remand in other cases.

The petitioner requested the court to authorise the release of Parvez Elahi on bail in the Jinnah House attack case.

Nevertheless, the prosecution argued that the bail petition did not meet the necessary legal criteria, emphasising that Parvez Elahi had not been apprehended in connection with the case.

Considering these considerations, the court rejected Parvez Elahi’s request for release, stating that it was premature since he had not been arrested in the Jinnah House attack case.

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