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Commandant Mohmand Rifles summond inmissing person's case

The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday in a missing person’s case summoned commandant Mohmand Rifles after the deputy attorney general informed the court that he had repeatedly asked him (the commandant) to submit written reply in the case, but to no avail. 

A Peshawar High Court  (PHC) division bench comprising Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Mazhar Alam Miakhel when started hearing in a habeas corpus petition, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Mohammad Iqbal Mohmand informed the court that he contacted commandant Mohmand Rifles three times asking him to submit written comments about arrest and whereabouts of the missing person, but he verbally showed ignorance and did not send written reply in the case. The Deputy Attorney General requested the court to summon commandant Mohmand Rifles through IG Frontier Corps (FC) in next hearing of the case. On this, the court directed the IG FC to ensure appearance of commandant Mohmand Rifles in next hearing of the case. 

Human Right Commission South Asia (HRCSA) Pakistan representative Syed Iqbal Kazmi had filed a writ petition in the Peshawar High Court seeking release and whereabouts of Mohammad Wazir, 80, a resident of Safi tehsil in Mohmand Agency. The HRCSA country representative stated in the writ petition that relatives of the aged missing person contacted him for assistance stating that on September 2, 2009, Mohmand Rifles personnel (allegedly) picked up Wazir alleging that his son was involved in terrorist activities. Kazmi claimed that he then visited Mohmand Agency and found the missing person in a lock-up and took his photos. 

The Human Right Commission South Asia  (HRCSA) representative stated that he then brought the issue in the notice of NWFP governor, chief minister and other high-ups, but to no avail. Counsel for the petitioner Abdul Samad Khan Marwat ( Advocate ) who is also Human Right Commission South Asia  (HRCSA) NWFP and FATA Correspondent, contended before the court that the Political Tehsildar of Mohmand Agency Jehanzeb Mehsud in his written comments to the court stated that Wazir was arrested and detained by the Mohmand Rifles and not by the political administration. He prayed the court to seek comments from commandant Mohmand Rifles about the arrest and whereabouts of the missing person. On this, the court summoned commandant Mohmand Rifles and directed IG FC to ensure his appearance in the court in next hearing of the case.