Supreme Court reprimands government for failing to produce internees since 2019 – Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Chief Justice (CJP) Judge Gulzar Ahmed warned on Monday that the Supreme Court would not hesitate to summon Prime Minister Imran Khan if Arif Gull, held in an internment center in Kohat since 2019, no was not presented in front of him on Tuesday (today).

“Should we seal the courts if Arif Gull cannot be produced,” asked the CJP.

Justice Gulzar led a three-judge Supreme Court bench that considered a habeas corpus petition brought by a relative of Arif Gull seeking information about his fate.

Last week, the Supreme Court ordered the production of the internee on Monday.

But the court accepted a statement from Shumail Butt, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s attorney general, and additional attorney general Sajid Ilyas that it was impossible to produce Arif Gull on Monday due to the distance between Islamabad and Kohat. The Supreme Court postponed continuing the hearing with a directive to produce the accused by Tuesday.

The internee is accused of attacking the checkpoint of a security force in Kandau, near the border with Afghanistan, in 2019 and since then he has been held at the Kohat internment center.

“Would the building of the Supreme Court collapse if Arif Gull were produced in court,” asked the CJP. “We should lock the court if the person cannot be brought before it. ”

Judge Gulzar Ahmed told the Advocate General that the judiciary has the power to summon “the entire defense mechanism” if Arif Gull is not brought to court.

The court berated authorities for failing to resolve the issue of Mr Gull’s nationality since 2019. He is believed to be an Afghan national.

The attorney general said that the vocational training as well as the counseling of Arif Gull at the internment center had been completed.

Judge Jamal Khan Mandokhel, a member of the judiciary, said it should be checked whether the law under which Arif Gull was detained was still valid or not since the region formerly known as the “tribal areas under administration. federal ”was now part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. .

Posted in Dawn, le 4 January 2022


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