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Woman dies a day after seeing 'missing' sons

February 15, 2012

Supreme Court of Pakistan. - File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Rohaifa, the mother of three ‘missing’ men, died of a heart attack on Tuesday night, a day after meeting at the Supreme Court, after a long struggle, her two detained sons who are facing court martial on charges of attacking important defence installations. The third brother died last month.

The woman’s son, Abdul Shakoor, told Dawn that her condition had become unstable soon after meeting Abdul Basit and Abdul Majid, who narrated the circumstances in which their third detained brother Abdul Saboor had died on Jan 20. She was a diabetes patient and also had blood pressure problems.

The Supreme Court, while hearing Ms Rohaifa’s petition, had ordered the intelligence agencies to present the detained civilians before it.

Her three sons were among 11 detainees who had gone missing from Adiyala Jail.

An anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi had acquitted them on April 8, 2008, of terrorism, but the Rawalpindi district coordination officer issued their detention order under the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance, which was set aside by the Lahore High Court on May 28, 2010.

However, Adiyala Jail Superintendent Saeedulllah Gondal handed over the detainees to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) personnel. They took them to an unspecified place.

In May last year, the judge advocate general informed the apex court that the men had been formally arrested in the first week of April and a case had been registered against them under Section 2(1)(d) of the Pakistan Army Act of 1952.

Of the 11 detainees, four have died — Mohammad Aamir on Aug 15, Tahseenullah on Dec 17 and Said Arab on Dec 18 last year, and Abdul Saboor on Jan 20.