KARACHI: A missing leader of the Balochistan National Party, was not in the custody of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) or the Military Intelligence, the two intelligence agencies under the administrative control of the defence ministry. Defence Secretary Syed Athar Ali, a retired three-star army general, finally appeared in the Sindh High Court on Monday to swear his personal affidavit to the effect that Abdul Ghaffar Langho.
A division bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed had earlier on Nov 8 issued a bailable warrant for the arrest of the defence secretary for ignoring the repeated orders of the court in a petition seeking whereabouts of the missing BNP leader.
The defence secretary filed his personal affidavit stating that the matter of the missing person was inquired from the two intelligence agencies which denied having him arrested or detained in their respective custody.He also submitted that he could not comply with the court’s earlier orders as they were not brought to his knowledge in time.He stated that he received the court’s orders of Oct 13 and Nov 8 on Nov 11 through fax by the deputy attorney general.
The defence secretary stated in court that all-out efforts had been made by the federal government to trace the missing persons, including Abdul Ghaffar Langho.
He submitted that a judicial commission had been constituted for determining the cases of the missing person and perhaps the case of the Baloch leader was also proceeding before it.
Advocate Akhtar Hussain, appearing for the petitioner, stated that he would inquire from the commission regarding the referral of Mr Langho’s case and if that was so, he would pursue it before the commission.
However he told that no affidavits had been filed by the relevant officials from the ISI and the MI and the provincial police chief.
Deputy Attorney General Mian Khan Malik stated that the affidavits of the relevant officials of the ISI and the MI would be filed accordingly.The same was stated by Additional Advocate General Shafi Mohammed Memon for the provincial police chief’s affidavit.The court ordered the federal and provincial law officers to file the affidavits of the relevant officials within two weeks and adjourned the hearing to Dec 24.