Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday directed the deputy attorney general (DAG) to submit a reply in a matter where family of a missing person had moved the court for his recovery from the custody of law enforcement agencies.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Aamer Farooq issued these directions after Dilshad Begum, a resident of Swat, approached the court stating that her husband Nisar was allegedly detained by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from Benazir Bhutto International Airport (BBIA) upon his arrival from Qatar and later he was handed over to an intelligence agency for ‘being the brother of a militant.’

Justice Aamer directed the DAG to contact the respondents in this matter and submit the reply before the court on July 16.

In her petition, Dilshad Begum, the wife of Nisar Ahmed, stated that FIA detained her husband, who along with his wife, mother and six children arrived at the BBIA after eight years, as his name was on the Exit Control List (ECL).

The petitioner moved the court through her counsel Muhammad Zafar Iqbal Zafar Advocate and cited the interior secretary, FIA director general, FIA police station SHO, defence secretary and directors general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence as respondents.

She adopted that the petitioner’s family was kept at the airport for the whole day on June 1 and at the end of the day, FIA permitted them to go home and kept Nisar in custody saying he would be released in a day after necessary investigation.

Dilshad continued that next day, when the family approached them, FIA officials informed the petitioner that her husband was now in custody of the ISI for further inquiry and will be released in a couple of days.

She added that on June 5, the officials of the agency brought Ahmed to his home in Swat for a meeting with the family and assured them that he would be released in three to four days after completion of a necessary inquiry.

The petitioner further added that after four days, Ahmed’s elder son Zafar got a call from an agency official saying his father would be released only after he produces one of his uncles, identified as Ishaque, before them.

Dilshad Begum also maintained in her petition that she submitted an appeal before Commander 11 Corps for releasing her husband but there has been no response from army. She said that her husband would be ready to face any kind of inquiry and trial before competent court of law if charges are levelled against him.

Therefore, the petitioner prayed to the court to direct the respondents to release her husband and produce him before a court, delete his name from the ECL and restrain the respondents from unlawfully interfering with the liberty and freedom of her husband.