LHC reserves verdict in nuclear scientists case
ISLAMABAD: The Lahore High Court’s (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench on Wednesday reserved judgment on the habeas corpus petitions against the detention of nuclear scientists.
Making a rejoinder to the reply by the petitioners’ counsel, Pakistan Attorney General (AG) Makhdoom Ali Khan said the government had already denied that Dr Mansoor Ahmed, Abdul Hameed and Muhammad Shamim were in custody and therefore these petitions were not maintainable.
He said the petitioners against Brig Tajwar and Naseemuddin’s detention had no legal standing and as such these two petitions were also not maintainable.
He also said Maj (r) Islamul Haq, Dr Muhammad Farooq, Nazir Ahmed and Brig Sajawal had been arrested under the Security of Pakistan Act, 1954 and had been detained for three months under a special order.
He said the Lahore High Court chief justice could form a review board after their detention ended. The court could release the detained nuclear scientists or extend their detention, he added.