Saturday, May 9, 2009

SHC calls for report on missing children of Dr. Aafia

Sindh High Court (SHC) two-member bench, while disposing off the three petitions relating to Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, ordered providing legal assistance to Dr. Aafia Sddiqui by hiring legal expert’s service in Washington.

The bench comprising of Justice Muhammad Athar Saeed and Justice Arshad Siraj Memon further ordered presenting the report within 45 days on the two missing children of Dr. Aafia and the actions thus far taken by the agencies in this regard and if the order was not complied, then the petitioner could file contempt of court petition against the government.

Human Right Network’s advocate Intikhab Alam Suri, Awami Muslim League leader Mahfoozyar Khan and Nisar A. Mujahid had filed these petitions. The court disposing off the three petitions, ordered that the government should hire a U. S. legal expert’s service through its embassy, who taking the legal aspects of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui’s case, provide her legal assistance. The court further ordered that if Dr. Aafia’s family needed financial assistance for fighting out legal war, then financial assistance be also provided.

The court decision said if the orders were not complied within 45 days, then contempt of court petition could be filed.

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