KARACHI - Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday issued directives to the authorities concerned to submit arguments for handing over Dr Aafia to American agencies. The division bench comprising Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Faisal Arab said, despite passage of 41 days since the filing of the petition, no comment has been filed from the government side. Advocate Amir appeared before the bench while representing the respondents and told that he had sent letters to the respondents regarding the missing persons issue but so far did not receive any reply in this regard. The court had already issued notices to respondents seeking explanation but did not get any response. The bench has given a deadline of two weeks to the concerned ministries and departments to submit their statements. Iqbal Aqil Advocate represented the plaintiffs, Asim Sori and Imran Ahmed, who had submitted petition on behalf of Human Rights Network (HRN). HRN has requested the court to declare the detention of Dr Aafia in US prison and her ongoing trial there, as illegal. It alleged that Dr Aafia had been arrested from her mother's residence located in Gulshan-e-Iqbal during the first week of March 2003, and later she was handed over to US intelligence agencies, who took her to Guantanamo Bay jail and later shifted her to America. The petitioner made respondents to Federal Secretaries of Defense and Interior, Foreign Office and Sindh Home Department. The plaintiff claimed that Dr Aafia, along with her three minor children including Ahmed, Saleem and the 9-year-old daughter was languishing in a US jail. Mentioning reports published in the media, the petitioner said that when Aafia and her children were arrested while traveling by a taxi after meeting with her mother in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. She was going toward airport to catch a flight for Rawalpindi but never reached the airport. The press reports claimed that Dr. Aafia was picked-up by the Pakistani intelligence agencies while on her way to the airport and was later handed over to the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The petitioners had submitted that her detention in US prison was illegal and pleaded she must be brought back home.