Pak Court orders ISI, army to check illegal activities of intelligence agencies

   Apr 13, 3:52 pm

Peshawar, April 13(ANI): The Peshawar High Court has conveyed its displeasure at the illegal detention of a person for over 38 months and ordered the General Headquarters (GHQ) and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief to form a high-powered team to check widespread illegal activities of intelligence agencies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and adjoining Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

The court expressed anger after a former detainee Mir Mohammad Arshad informed that he was kept in a basement for 38 months after being interrogated for three days.

Arshad said about 107 people were present in the basement but only 17 were left when he was freed. He said he could not identify the place where he was detained.

He informed that during his captivity his old mother could not sustain his disappearance and had died.

The bench observed that it would leave the matter to ISI DG and GHQ to constitute a high-powered team to check activities of ISI and other agencies.

"It is more than essential to bring these agencies under control and discipline and their work is fully channelised as none will be permitted to act in this illegal manner in future and if any one defy and violate the law he should be tried by a court martial under the Army Act," The Dawn quoted the ruling, as saying.

During course of proceedings, the chief justice observed that vested interests within these agencies had been acting on their own without the permission of their superiors.

The bench disposed of the petition regarding illegal detention of Mir Arshad as he did not want to further pursue the case. (ANI)

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