HRCP concerned over death of seminary student
PESHAWAR: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Sunday expressed concern over the death of a seminary student who had gone missing from outside the Adiala Prison in Rawalpindi.
In a statement, HRCP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter Vice-Chairperson Sher Muhammad Khan said that the relatives of the deceased Tehseenullah told a visiting team of the commission that the deceased had been picked up by the security agencies in June 2008.
Media reports suggested that Tehseenullah, a resident of Cherat in Nowshera district, studied at a seminary in Akora Khattak. He had gone to Jehangira town where he went missing on January 8, 2009.
The reports said that his relatives came to know six months later that he had been charged in a terrorism case. However, an anti-terrorism court acquitted him for lack of evidence. Relatives of the deceased said that soon after his release, he was again arrested by an intelligence agency and sent to Adiala Prison and was released on the court’s order on May 28, 2011.
He again went missing and was found dead at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar. Sher Muhammad Khan asked the government to protect the citizens and give them the rights guaranteed in the Constitution. “Killings of the people, even dreaded terrorists, without following the course of law will not augur well for the country. The law of the land must be followed to curb extra-judicial killings,” he said.
He asked the federal and provincial governments and the superior judiciary to take notice of the killing of Tehseenullah and order probe into the case to bring to book those behind the killing.
Tehseenullah’s brother Hussain said that someone informed him on Saturday that Tehseenullah was under treatment at the LRH. He added that they rushed to the hospital where his body was handed over to them. He alleged that his brother died due to severe torture and not sickness.