Islamabad - A retired major of Pakistan Army has approached the Islamabad High Court alleging that his son has been picked up by intelligence agencies due to his religious thoughts.

Major (Retd) Muhammad Jameelur Rehman, a resident of Rawalpindi, has moved the court and cited secretaries of ministry of interior and defence, director general Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), director general Military Intelligence (MI), director general Intelligence Bureau (IB), inspector general Punjab police, CCPO Rawalpindi, SHO Secretariat police station Islamabad and state as respondents.

The petitioner contended in his petition that his son Rizwan Jamil, who is working in a telecom company near D-Chowk, went to his office on May 18, 2016 but did not reach his office.

Then, he contacted all his friends and colleagues but could not trace the whereabouts of his son. Later, some people informed the petitioner that his son was picked up by the intelligence agencies when he was near his office.

Rehman adopted before the court that his son had been receiving threats from intelligence agencies due to his tilt towards the religion. In the petition, he expressed his strong apprehension that his son has been picked up by the intelligence agencies.

He maintained that his son bears good reputation and he was never involved in any criminal activity.

The petitioner also filed applications before Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif but to no avail.

Therefore, the retired army official prayed to the court to direct the respondents to produce the detained person before the court and release him.

He further prayed that the court may also declare detention of his son as illegal, unlawful and violation of the fundamental rights and pass orders to initiate legal action against the officials who detained him.