Islamabad -  Islamabad High Court yesterday sought reply from interior ministry in a petition moved against the blocking of computerized National identity card and freezing of bank account of a person whose name is included in fourth schedule.

A single bench of IHC comprising of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui conducted hearing of the petition and directed the interior ministry to depute a responsible person on the next hearing to apprise court in this matter.

After issuing afore-mentioned directions, the court deferred the hearing till November 23 for further proceedings.

In this matter, the petitioner Manzoor Hussain moved the court through his counsel Tariq Asad Advocate and cited interior ministry, home department Punjab, Chairman NARDRA and Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) as respondents.

The petitioner stated in his petition that he joined Pakistan army on 15 October 1965 and was retired on medical grounds in 1978.

After retirement, he started private job and in 1992, he started his services in Lal Masjid as driver and later due to his old age, he is performing the duty of Khadim and servicing the mosque for about 23 years.

He contended that throughout his life, he has never been convicted nor has even been nominated in any FIR so that he has never been interrogated in connection with any criminal case.

The counsel Tariq Asad informed the court that after the incident of Lal masjid, while most of the persons connected with the affairs of the masjid had been under trial in criminal cases. Even then, his client was not alleged in any case.

He maintained that it is unbelievable that at the age of 69 years, the petitioner’s name has been placed on the fourth schedule on May 2016 without any reason.

Tariq added that the petitioner has never been involved in any sort of terror activity nor has been ever suspected by law enforcing agencies and he is a law abiding citizen.

He said that in the month of July 2016, the CNIC of the petitioner was blocked and bank account was frozen.

The counsel argued that the petitioner depends on pension released by army and after the blocking of CNIC and frozen bank account; he is facing a lot of problems.

He continued that the petitioner being citizen of Pakistan has been deprived of his fundamental right of citizenship and he has also been deprived of his identity.

Therefore, he prayed to the court to direct the secretary interior to remove his name from the fourth schedule and also direct Chairman NADRA and Governor SBP to restore his CNIC and bank account respectively.