Peshawar High Court orders exhumation of missing person’s body
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday ordered exhumation and post-mortem of the body of a missing person who was killed while escaping from the custody of the armed forces in Peshawar Cantonment area some 40 days ago along with two other militants.
A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Shahjehan Khan Akhunzada also asked the Ministry of Defence to produce the inquiry report conducted into the killing of three militants including Abdul Samad, a missing person, and two soldiers as the court would like to know how the detained militants overpowered the soldiers to snatch the rifle and start firing at them.
According to the first information report lodged with the West Cantonment Police Station on August 7, 2012 by a military officer Captain Tahir Hafeez of 936 Intelligence Battalion Peshawar Cantonment, a militant Muhammad Haroon, son of Abdul Ghaffar, resident of Mamozai in upper Kurram Agency, was kept there for temporary custody. He reported that Wali Rehman, son of Behram Khan, resident of lower Kurram Agency, and Abdul Samad, son of Mir Rehman were kept there on spying charges.
Captain Tahir Hafeez claimed in the FIR that they snatched rifle No A-26704 from the guard on duty and started firing. He said the military personnel at the compound besieged them and firing started between the soldiers and militants. He added the militants were killed later and the area was cleared.
The FIR said that two soldiers, Nadir Ali and Said Ahmad Shah, resident of Azad Kashmir, were killed in the incident.
It was further stated in the FIR that bodies were handed over to the relatives after conducting postmortem in the Combined Military Hospital for burial. The slain militants were charged in the FIR under sections 302, 324, 353 and 224 of Pakistan Penal Code.
However, one Mir Rehman’s counsel Razaullah Khan informed the bench that his client was informed by the police to collect his son Abdul Samad’s body from the Khyber Teaching Hospital, Peshawar. He said the body of Abdul Samad, who was a missing person, was handed over to his family members after his father filed a case in the PHC for his safe recovery.He also said that they did not receive any postmortem report of the missing persons.