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ISLAMABAD: Amina Masood Janjua, who has been campaigning for the cause of missing persons, accused police on Monday of harassing the father of Khairur Rehman who has been missing since Feb 9, 2009, from Bajaur Agency.
A two-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani which had taken up the cases of missing persons ordered the Bajaur political agent to record the statement of the father, Abdul Rehman, within 10 days and send a copy to the court.
Abdul Rehman, it may be mentioned, had collapsed inside the Courtroom No 1 on July 31 after learning that the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa police had failed to find out the whereabouts of his son.
Khairur Rehman was prayer leader of Bilal mosque in Bajaur. An Afghan refugee got acquainted with him and even started living in the upper portion of his house without paying any rent.
The local authorities, assisted by police, raided the house on Feb 9, 2009, and arrested the Afghan national along with Khairur Rehman, his sister Khaista Jan and her mentally retarded husband.
The Afghan national was released after allegedly greasing the palm of Assistant Sub Inspector Arshad. Mr Rehman’s sister and her husband were also set free after nine days.
But whereabouts of Mr Rehman are still not known despite repeated directives by the apex court to the KP police to recover him.
Amina Janjua reminded the court that at the last hearing it had ordered the arrest of ASI Arshad if Khairur Rehman was not recovered, but the police official had got a bail before arrest.