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Plea challenging detention of Khawar Mehdi dismissed

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday dismissed as withdrawn the petition of Sohail Mehdi in which he had challenged the detention of his brother and free-lance journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi.

A bench comprising Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and S Ali Aslam Jaffery rejected a request made by Nadeem Qureshi, counsel for the petitioner, to direct the authorities concerned to allow meeting of detenue with his counsel.

Earlier, the Deputy Attorney-General (DAG), Syed Zaki Muhammed, informed the bench that crime FIR number 2/2004 has been registered in Crime Branch police station, Quetta, against Khawar Mehdi and others for indulging in anti-state activities.

In the circumstances the counsel for the petitioner sought court’s permission to withdraw the petition and prayed the court to direct the police to allow him meet the detained journalist. He prayed that despite all-out efforts he and the family of Khawar Mehdi could not ascertain his (Khawar Mehdi’s) whereabouts, nor the police was giving them any hint about the place where he had been kept.

The bench, while dismissing the petition as withdrawn, observed that it could not pass such order, as the journalist was outside the territorial jurisdiction of SCH. It, however, asked the petitioner to contact the home secretary of Balochistan and he might arrange his meeting with Khawar Mehdi.

Khawar Mehdi had gone missing on December 16, 2003. In the constitutional petition, his brother had claimed that Khawar Mehdi was arrested along with two French journalists in Karachi on December 16 but was never produced before any court of law. The petitioner had impleaded the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), and the Sindh Home department as respondents.

CONTEMPT NOTICES: The same bench issued notice to the Nazim Korangi Town, Abdul Jameel Khan, to appear before it on February 12 and explain why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him for flouting court’s directions.

He was required to appear along with relevant record of the Union Council-2 (UC-2) of his town in the petition filed by four counsellors of the UC.

The counsellors have contended that they were elected by the House as chairperson of different committees of the UC, but the US Nazim, Illyas Rasheed, dissolved these committees without assigning any reason. The bench had issued notice to the Town Nazim, Abdul Jameel, to appear before the court along with the record of the UC regarding constitution and dissolution of the committees.

The Town Nazim, however, failed to appear on Wednesday and the bench issued contempt notice to him for February 12.

Source: The News