KARACHI: Human rights activists have petitioned the Supreme Court to request the constitution of a broad-based independent commission under retired high court judges to carry out a detailed investigation into alleged interference in police administration in the arrest of Pakistan Muslim League leader-N spouse Captain Maryam Nawaz (retired ) Safdar in Karachi.
IA Rehman and others filed in the petition that opposition parties, including PML-N and the Pakistan People’s Party, have alleged that Sindh IGP was kidnapped and forced to issue arrest orders for Captain (retired) Mohammad Safdar in cases related to blasphemy. about the sanctity of the tomb of Quaid-i-Azam by raising the slogan inside the building on October 18.
The applicants, IA Rehman, Karamat Ali, Nazim Fida Hussain Haji, Jibran Nasir, Mahnaz Rehman, Salima Hashimi, Zehra Bano, Mohammad Tehseen, Nasir Aziz, Farhat Parveen, Fahim Zaman Khan and Anis Haroon, said that there were fundamental flaws in both . pre-ordered questions. They stated that the Sindh government had formed a questionnaire committee, which only consisted of politicians and was not a judicial commission, indicating the lack of seriousness of the Sindh government to investigate the alleged IGP kidnapping incident.
They said that serious legal questions arose at the provincial questionnaire committee investigating the alleged kidnapping incident of IGP by an unknown person. They argued that the subject of the petition involved “illegal and malafide encroachment”, which had bad implications not only for the province of Sindh but also for the functioning of the Federation, therefore, the School Committee was the most adequate and most appropriate forum to deal with the problem.
They stated that interference in the police and IGP’s criminal investigation was clearly a violation of the IGP’s command autonomy over the Sindh Police, which is guaranteed under Sindh (Repeal of the Police Law, 1861 and Awakening of Police Orders, 2002) (Amendment) Law, 2019 , as well as the Pakistan high court ruling on IGP command autonomy.
They conveyed that the alleged incident had created a deep sense of insecurity and uncertainty among everyone and residents living in Sindh. They said that if a province’s IGP could be kidnapped and detained and subjected to illegal and unconstitutional foreign pressure to influence a criminal investigation, then its guaranteed fundamental rights, including the right to life and freedom under Article 9, the right to dignity. under Article 14 and the right to due process under Article 10A, the Constitution becomes invalid. They said that the incident not only jeopardized police autonomy and jeopardized our criminal justice system, but also shook up the foundations of the State of Pakistan as an attack on provincial autonomy and the structure of the Federation as preserved by the Constitution.
Courts are required to appoint a broad-based independent commission, chaired by retired High Court judges or Supreme Court judges and composed of relevant and respected civil society persons, and direct the commission to carry out a detailed investigation of the allegations and redress liability if anyone is involved. was found to be involved in illegal acts and malafide and submitted report within two months.