Missing persons: Petition filed for placement of Pasha’s name on ECL
By Azam Khan
ISLAMABAD: A petition was filed in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday asking that the name of outgoing Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) chief, Lt General Ahmed Shuja Pasha be placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).
The petition was filed by Advocate Tariq Assad, counsel for the relatives of missing persons.
In the petition, Assad argues that the missing persons case is still pending before the court, while Pasha is due to retire on March 18 and there are chances that he might leave the country.
He states that around 3,000 people were still in ISI custody centres set up on the orders of Pasha and it would be better if he is bound by the court to stay in Pakistan till the case is resolved. “He may be of great assistance in resolving all the cases of missing persons too.”
The petition states that eleven missing persons had been “abducted on May 29, 2010 by the DG ISI (as evident from DSR of Special Police annexed with the main petition) after their release orders passed by the Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench.”
It says that later Pasha in a statement before the court on December 9, 2010 and June 1, 2011 had said that they had arrested the men and they would be tried under Army Act 1952, and hence they were not in illegal conferment. “But they were never tried under the Army Act and four of them died in the custody of ISI,” states the petition.
Courtesy: The Express Tribune