ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Friday sought details of criminal or terrorism cases lodged against 568 detained persons in internment centres and also asked the Additional Attorney General for Pakistan (AAGP) to explain why their cases could not be proceeded in the courts of law if they were involved in terrorism offences.

During the hearing, AAGP Tariq Mehmood Khokar told a three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry that out of the total 568, 64 persons have been detained at the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and 504 at the Provincial Administered Tribal Areas (PATA), but did not provide the cases detail.

About the complaints regarding lack of proper medical care and supply of food, the bench ordered the secretaries of FATA and PATA to submit a comprehensive report about the provisions of medical treatment and food and observed that being a human being the detainees were also entitled to proper treatment. "We would pass an appropriate order after submission of the comprehensive reports," the Chief Justice said.

The court also directed the concerned district and sessions judges or the political agents to appoint focal persons for holding meeting of detenue with their families at the internment centres according to the law.

It is to be noted that few meetings between the family members and the detained persons at different internment centres were held when their wives or brothers approached the court and the latter directed the authorities governing the internment centres to arrange meetings.

Now the court wants that instead of family members coming directly to the apex court they should approach the designated focal persons so that meeting with their near and dear ones could be arranged without any hassle.

Hearing the case of Ali Ahmed Bangalzai, who was picked up from Quetta in 2001, the bench issued notice to the former ISI officer Brigadier Siddique and directed the Balochistan police to continue investigation in the case, and submit a comprehensive report about Bangalzai's disappearance in 10 days.

During the hearing, AAGP submitted the copy of the interior secretary's letter asking the Balochistan home secretary for the registration of FIR against Brigadier Siddique.

In the letter the interior secretary requested the Balochistan government that in compliance with the July 1 order, the ISI officer Brigadier Siddique be proceeded in view of the statement of JUI senior leader and ex-MNA Hafiz Hussain Ahmad according to whom Brigadier Siddique had acknowledged that Ali Ahmad Bangalzai was detained by the ISI officer.

Similarly, in anther missing person case, the court directed the district and sessions judge Chakwal to hold an inquiry about the matter related to the disappearances of two brothers Umer Hayat and Umer Bakht, who according to the local police were allegedly picked up by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) on April 5, 2010 from Chakwal.

Referring to the case of Umar Hayat and Umar Bakht, two brothers, the court asked district and sessions judge Chakwal for recording the statement of Malik Amir Farooq, owner of a local coal mine, Station House Officer (SHO) Chakwal Badar Munir, in-charge police post, and Assistant Sub Inspectors (ASIs) Khizar Hayat, Wajid Latif and Shabbir.

The bench said that the sessions judge will also record findings whether or not the two brothers have been detained by the personnel of the intelligence agencies as alleged by the police. It also asked the lower judiciary judge to find out under the custody of which agency these brothers were at present.

According to the statement of ASI Shabbir, two brothers who were working as labourers at the coalmine of Malik Amir Farooq, were handed over to the ISI personnel, The bench also asked the defence ministry to engage a legal counsel instead of defending the case through AAG Tariq Khokhar. The hearing of the case is adjourned till August 5.

In yet another individual case, the bench directed Inspector General of Punjab Police Khan Baig and District and Sessions Judge Nazeer Ahmed Gajana to hold an inquiry into the mysterious disappearance of Farhaj Waheed Butt in 2011 and how he landed in Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.

The bench also directed the IGP to produce Maria Bibi, wife of Farhaj Butt, who according to Amina Masood Janjua is getting threats, in safe custody.

Maria had alleged that it was in September 2011 when Lahore Police led by SP Umer Virk took away her father-in-law Abdul Waheed Butt, as they wanted to arrest Farhaj who had already gone missing. Later Waheed Butt came back home as police said they had arrested Farhaj but his whereabouts remained unknown to his family.

During the proceeding on Friday, SP Virk informed the bench that the man remained in the custody of intelligence agencies, as he had been involved in different criminal cases including abduction of Shahbaz Taseer, son of ex-governor Punjab Salman Taseer.

He further informed that they had sent Farhaj Butt and two others to Kot Lakput Jail Lahore on July 15, 2013 as they were arrested in connection with different criminal cases.