No one Holds Authority to Detain People Illegally: CJP


ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan has said that no intelligence and law enforcement agency including Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Frontier Corps (FC) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) does not possess the authority to illegally detain people. He uttered these remarks while hearing of a case pertaining to recovery of missing persons.

A three member Supreme Court bench hearing the case, expressed annoyance over the non-production of missing persons before the court and observed that authorities are not following its orders passed for recovery of missing persons.

During Today’s proceedings, Acting Defense Secretary Maj Gen (retd) Raja Arif Nazir informed the court that missing persons could not be produced before the court as there were grave security threats to their lives. Chief Justice termed the statement as “another fabricated story”.

The court said that it wouldn’t allow agencies to abduct people and keep them under illegal detention.

Announcing the verdict in the case, Supreme Court ordered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Governor Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Engineer Shaukatullah and Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to recover missing persons within seven days.