Islamabad - Defence Secretary Lt General (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khan Khattak Monday once again appeared before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in abduction case of Hammad Dadan Advocate who was allegedly picked up by the personnel of a law enforcement agency.

The secretary expressed his ignorance about the whereabouts of the missing lawyer and sought more time to investigate this matter.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Aamer Farooq conducted the hearing of the petition seeking recovery of the abducted lawyer Hammad Dadan.

During the hearing of the petition, Khattak adopted before the court that they had no information about the whereabouts of the missing lawyer. However, he requested the court to grant some time for further investigations in this regard.

After hearing the secretary, the court granted him time till the first week of September and also exempted him from appearing before the court in person on the next hearing.

In this particular matter, Mumtaz Anwar Abbasi, father of detenu Hammad Dadan, had moved the court through his counsel Mirza Shahzad Akbar Advocate seeking recovery of his missing son and cited station house officer (SHO) Police Station I-9, Islamabad, inspector general (IG) of Islamabad police, ministry of defence through its secretary, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Directorate through its director general and ministry of interior through its secretary as respondents.

The petitioner had prayed to the court that it may be pleased to issue a writ in the nature of habeas corpus to the respondents directing them to immediately produce the detenus before this court and provide redress for the criminal offences committed by the respondents against the detenus by directing the relevant authorities that criminal charges, under the relevant laws of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan be registered against those responsible for the abduction and subsequent detention of the detenus.