ISLAMABAD: Resuming the Adiala missing prisoners’ case on Monday, the Supreme Court sought a written explanation from the respondents in the case asking why the prisoners were not presented on court’s earlier order.
Seven prisoners who were sought by the court earlier were presented before the court today.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry inquired about the prisoners and asked where they were before January 26. Chief Secretary Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Ghulam Dastagir Khan replied saying that he did not have knowledge regarding the whereabouts of the prisoners.
The chief justice critised his statement and said, “A provincial chief secretary should be aware of everything that happens in the province.”
“You should know where the Taliban are stationed and where an operation is carried out against them. You should have knowledge about the province,” said Chief Justice Chaudhry.
The civilians had been facing a court martial under the Army Act on charges of attacking the General Headquarters (GHQ) and ISI’s Hamza Camp base.
They were picked up from Adiala Jail by intelligence agencies after they had been acquitted of the charges by the court.
Four of the 11 detainees – Muhammad Amir, Tahseenullah, Said Arab and Abdul Saboor – died in the custody of the ISI and MI.