Production of detained army officers sought
ISLAMABAD: The families of detained army officers have filed applications in the Supreme Court seeking their production in a court and permission for them to meet family members.
Seven applicants have also accused the Islamabad administration of harassing, humiliating and threatening them when they staged a demonstration against the detention of the officers in front of Parliament House last week. On August 4, the applicants challenged the detention of their relatives by making separate petitions to the Supreme Court.
The High Court’s Rawalpindi bench dismissed these habeas corpus petitions on the ground that the officers were arrested under the Army Act of 1952 and their detention could not be challenged in a civilian court.
The applications have been made by Yasmeen Khalid, wife of Col Khalid Mahmood Abbasi, Abida Perveen, wife of Lt Col Abdul Ghaffar, Mumtaz Attaullah, wife of Maj Attaullah Khan, Farina Rohail, wife of Maj Rohail Fraz, Khadija Adil, wife of Maj Adil Quddus and Farzana Tasneem, mother of Captain Dr Usman Zafar.
While the seventh applicant is Sadia Sarwar whose husband Sarwar Bhatti - a civilian – was taken into custody in connection with an attempted assassination of President Pervez Musharraf.