CJ’s suo motu notice sought on women trafficking
By Mohammad Kamran
ISLAMABAD: An application has been filed in the Supreme Court with the Pakistan Chief Justice Sheikh Riaz Ahmed asking he take suo motu notice of the reported kidnapping of a young girl by a gang of women traffickers.
Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta advocate filed the application with the clipping of a press report wherein an aggrieved father Muhammad Mustafa appeals to the Punjab chief minister for the recovery of his daughter – a second year student – who was allegedly abducted four months ago in Sheikhupura.
In his appeal, Mr Mustafa said he had identified the culprits in the first information report (FIR 462/2002 at Police Station A Division Sheikhupura) but the police released them at the behest of an influential family. He said the owners of beauty parlours are involved in the business of women trafficking that in Sheikhupura city, citing four previous instances of young girls who were kidnapped and never recovered.
Mr Mustafa met a number of high-ranking police officials including the DIG, additional DIG and SSP of Sheikhupura, but said he got no help from any of them.
Mr Bhutta sought the immediate intervention of the judiciary to address the demand of the aggrieved father and bring the alleged gang of women traffickers to the court of law.
Mr Bhutta told Daily Times that when the administration fails to deliver in such cases it is the mandatory duty of the higher judiciary to get involved. “I have asked the chief justice to summon the police officers in whose jurisdiction the business of women trafficking is flourishing.”
Mr Bhutta is the man on whose appeal the chief justice took suo moto notice of the famous Meerwala gang rape case where a young lady was molested on the orders of a tribal jirga (jury) last year.