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SC gives police more time to recover journalist’s son

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday gave further one-week time to the Islamabad IGP to recover the kidnapped son of a journalist, Shakeel Turabi, and produce him before the court by July 9.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Nasirul Mulk and Justice Tariq Parvez was hearing a suo moto case of Turabi’s son, Sharjeel Hassan, who was abducted some five months ago.

Appearing on notice, Islamabad IGP Qaleem Imam informed the court that police have made headway in the case, adding that a joint investigation team (JIT) has been constituted to ensure recovery of the kidnapped Sharjeel Hassan, and in this respect police were in close coordination with the agencies.

The Islamabad police chief said that they have made several arrests in the case, and all human efforts would be made to ensure recovery of Sharjeel. “We have no soft corners for criminals,” the chief justice remarked, adding that police have failed so for to make any progress in recovery of the kidnapped Sharjeel despite the fact that he was missing for the past four months.

He further informed the court that as per allegation of the father that the child was under the custody of secret agencies, they have contacted the secret agencies, which denied of any its involvement.

The IGP informed the court that the police were working on two footings, one the child has gone on his own and second he was kidnapped. He further informed the court that father of Hassan Sharjeel has received a letter from a person named Sakhi Afghani. In the letter, he said, Sakhi Afghani disclosed that Hassan Sharjeel is in good health and is in the custody of a person named Gul Raziq. “This is the method often use by the police by diverting the case to other angle,” the chief justice remarked.
Source: The News
Date:7/3/2010