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Power-abuse charge: FIA’s last chance for defence

IHC summons DIG in missing citizen’s case

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday granted last opportunity to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for arguments in case pertaining to the misuse of powers by the agency.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the case. Deputy Attorney General informed the court that the FIA had initiated inquiry against its officials regarding the matter. The court inquired whether the FIA lawyer had seen the report of deputy commissioner. The chief justice remarked that the agency had been used for political purposes. The FIA lawyer adopted the stance that currently police and FIA had not been coordinating with each other. He prayed the court to grant some time for arguments. The court adjourned further hearing of the case till October 28. It may be mentioned that Journalist Mohsin Baig had filed the petition with regard to the powers of the FIA.

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Also, IHC on Monday summoned DIG Operations capital’s police in personal capacity in a case seeking recovery of missing citizen. Justice Aamer Farooq, hearing the case, expressed annoyance over absence of DIG operations and said that the conduct of the police was not respectable. The officers used to get sick when the court issued summon notices to them, he said. The court observed that the police officials had been giving different statements before it for last four months regarding the citizen Muhammad Hamid.

The court said that the police should inform whether the missing citizen alive or not. It said that there were basic human rights as per the constitution, adding that any citizen could be arrested and tried but he should not be get disappeared. The court adjourned further hearing of the case till coming Friday. The Islamabad High Court on Monday stopped the Capital’s police from harassing former advocate general Niazullah Niazi in connection with the expected long march of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and instructed the state counsel to satisfy it regarding the report of Special Branch.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah, while hearing the case, questioned about the nature of lists being prepared by the police. He expressed his displeasure on the way the police was dealing with a former advocate general. Under which law, the police had asked the petitioner to submit surety bonds, he asked, adding the way adopted for obtaining the surety bonds was not as legal. The chief justice directed the state counsel to satisfy the court regarding the list prepared by the Special Branch in connection with the long march.

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During the proceedings, the Islamabad Police presented the report of Special Branch before the court. The state counsel said the list was prepared on the directives of Inspector General of Police, Islamabad and on its basis, the surety bonds were sought from the petitioner. To a court’s query, a Bani Gala Police Station official adopted the stance that the surety bonds were sought for maintenance of peace in the city. The petitioner’s lawyer Khawar Amir said the police had no such authority as only the area magistrate could issue directives for submission of the surety bonds.

Illegal housing societies

The Islamabad High Court on Monday sought details from the Capital Development Authority (CDA) regarding illegal housing societies in the federal capital. Chief Justice Athar Minallah, hearing the case, directed the CDA to submit the list of illegal housing societies within one day. Additional Attorney General Munawar Iqbal Dogal adopted the stance that there was no legal hindrance for introducing housing societies on the name of government institutions.

He said that the names of departments and ministries could be used for housing societies as per the laws of cooperative housing societies. He, however, said that the government servants shouldn’t be part of any housing society. The court sought the list of illegal housing societies in the federal capital from the CDA and adjourned further hearing till tomorrow.



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