Parveen Rahman murder, detention notification of the accused declared illegal

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The Sindh High Court declared the detention notification of the accused in the Parveen Rehman murder case as illegal.

In the Sindh High Court, Justice Karim Khan Agha heard the petition against the detention of the accused in the Parveen Rehman murder case.

During the hearing, Interior Secretary, IG Sindh and others appeared in the court.

The Sindh High Court inquired from IG Sindh that the court had ordered the acquittal of the accused on November 21, why the accused were not released? On whose report was he detained, what was the evidence against him?

The IG Sindh told the High Court that there was an intelligence report and the petition of the plaintiff Aqeela Ismail, we are working on the petition of the plaintiff.

The court asked that if they give you one and a half hours, what evidence will you present?

The court asked the public prosecutor that what criminal record is there against these accused, there is no record, then how come these accused were named as big criminals?

Justice Karim Khan Agha said to IG Sindh that he is not satisfied with the investigation of your department, he has warned many times about the bad investigation.

IG Sindh requested to give us another chance.

The court said that action should be taken against all of you for bad investigation, show the record that those accused were criminals, you did not give any evidence to the court, SSP, DIG all tell what evidence you gave to the court. ? Why do you want to lock up the accused for 90 days? Explain how you conducted the investigation and wrote everything in the decision.

Justice Karim Khan Agha expressed his indignation and said that he is not satisfied with your investigation. May the Advocate General see what action can be taken against these police officers.

The court directed the Advocate General Sindh Office to take action against the police officers.

Justice Karim Khan Agha said that explain the MPO here.

The public prosecutor requested the court to form a commission on this issue.

The court expressed indignation and said that no commission will be formed now, acquittal of the accused and there is a period of 9 days in the MPO. Prove it with CDR of the accused, intelligence reports.

IG Sindh replied that the report has been given by 2 different agencies, one report is from the Intelligence Bureau and the other is from the Special Branch.

The court asked the home secretary what material was before him while issuing the detention notification.

SSP Gharbi requested to give me only 2 minutes.

The court said that yes you will be given time.

SSP Gharbi told the court that the letter was written to us by the sister of the deceased.

The court asked that where is the receiving stamp on the letter of the deceased’s sister?

SSP Gharbi said that I went to his office where he personally gave this letter.

IG Sindh told the court that we have no personal enmity with these accused, the sister of the victim has issued a statement on social media.

Justice Karim Khan Agha expressed indignation and said, “Don’t tell us about social media, tell us what material you had before the detention notification, just explain to us why the accused were detained for 3 months.” .

IG Sindh told the court that Parveen Rehman had also told about threats in 2013, there is no malice on our part.

The court said that you are showing malice.

IG Sindh said that we are conducting further investigation in this case.

Justice Karim Khan Agha said what are you talking about further investigation? We have acquitted the accused.

IG Sindh told the court that we are investigating the threats given to the victim.

The court told the IG Sindh that there is only one report of the Special Branch, it is under you.

IG Sindh replied that I received a call from the head of the Intelligence Bureau, the court can see if it wants.

Justice Karim Khan Agha said that we only know what is happening in missing person cases.

IG Sindh said that we are trying to recover the missing persons.

The court told IG Sindh that we are giving you full opportunity to explain.

The Sindh High Court told the Home Secretary that it has come to the media that the dangerous accused have been acquitted, you have only done your work.

The home secretary said that it took 6 days to review the material that came to me, after reviewing all the material, issued the detention notification.

“You don’t seem to understand English.”

Justice Karim Khan Agha said to the Interior Secretary that it has happened twice before, we all know, have you ever rejected someone’s request for detention? You don’t seem to understand English.

The Home Secretary replied that I know English.

The court asked the lawyer that many target killers were acquitted, why were they not locked up under the MPO? Instead of providing security to the victim’s sister, the accused were detained under the MPO.

The court adjourned the further hearing till 12 noon while giving time to the Additional Advocate General to consult the Sindh government and directed that the IG Sindh and Home Secretary appear again at 12 noon.

Sindh High Court resumed the hearing after a break, on this occasion Sindh IG Ghulam Nabi Memon and Home Secretary again appeared in the court.

Additional Advocate General Sindh also appeared in the court who said that the victims were given an opportunity to explain.

The petitioner’s counsel told the court that the detention notification of the accused is against merit, the detention notification was issued based on assumptions and rumours, which is unconstitutional and illegal.

Additional Advocate General Sindh told the court that the petitioner has not challenged the MPO law, there is neither media pressure nor malice in the detention of the accused, intelligence reports are not always complete. Detention notification has been issued correctly.

The court declared the detention notification of the accused in the Parveen Rehman murder case as illegal.

An application against the detention was filed by the accused Rahim Swati in the High Court.

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