Lahore High Court Orders Recovery of Sheikh Rashid

Lahore High Court Orders Recovery of Sheikh Rashid
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Lahore High Court Orders Recovery of Sheikh Rashid

Lahore High Court, exactly like Imran Riaz’s case, has again jumped in and directed the Police to Recover Sheikh Rashid, the Awami Muslim League’s Chief, within a Week. The direction rendered by the Hon’ble Lahore High Court came in response to the claim made in Habeas Corpus Petition by Sheikh Rashid’s lawyer Sardar Abdul Raziq Khan made that he has been arrested by the people in plain clothes, but the police is unable to trace his whereabouts.

Controversial Arrest and Disputed Custody

Sheikh Rashid, a prominent ally of the Imran Khan, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was reportedly detained or abducted from his residence by individuals in plain clothes, as per statements from his lawyer, Sardar Abdul Raziq Khan, on September 17. In addition to above, it is also revealed by Sardar Abdul Raziq Khan that Sheikh Rashid’s nephew, Sheikh Shakir, and a houseworker named Sheikh Imran were also arrested and taken to an undisclosed location by the state security agencies.

Police Denial and Court Intervention

After the allegations made by Sheikh Rashid’s lawyer, the police submitted a report by City Police Officer (CPO) Khalid Hamdani, stressed upon that Sheikh Rashid was neither in their custody nor had he been arrested by the Rawalpindi police. However, on September 26, during court proceedings, Sardar Abdul Raziq Khan argued that his client was indeed arrested by the Rawalpindi police, a claim that was vehemently denied by the Rawalpindi Police.

Judicial Intervention and Recovery Ultimatum

Responding to the conflicting accounts of police and Sheikh Rashid’s lawyer, the Lahore High Court instructed the police to locate Sheikh Rashid’s whereabouts and exert maximum effort to ensure his swift recovery. In the latest development, Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan of the LHC’s Rawalpindi bench resumed the proceedings and ordered the Regional Police Officer (RPO) to recover the AML chief within a week and present him before the court before the next hearing.

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Hon’ble Court’s Discontent and Warning to Police

While hearing the case, the police informed the court that Sheikh Rashid’s nephew and worker had returned to their respective homes but police did not clarify their custody status. Expressing discontent with the police’s handling of the case, the Hon’ble Court dismissed the RPO’s report, cautioning that a case would be initiated against several police officers allegedly involved in Sheikh Rashid’s arrest.

Last Chance and Affidavit Submission

Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan issued a stern warning, declaring this one-week ultimatum as the final opportunity. If Sheikh Rashid is not located within this timeframe, the court threatened to file cases against all officers involved. The court also directed Sheikh Rashid’s lawyer and the petitioner to submit affidavits regarding the AML chief’s arrest.

Hearing on Lal Haveli Sealing Plea

In another hearing, Justice Mirza Waqas Rauf of the LHC’s Rawalpindi bench addressed a plea related to the sealing of Sheikh Rashid’s Lal Haveli residence last month. The lawyer for Sheikh Rashid argued that the sealing occurred without prior notice, noting that a court order already existed regarding one unit of Lal Haveli. The Additional Attorney General (AAG) clarified that the property had been sealed on the orders of the Evacuee Trust Property Board Chairman. He assured the court that he had the ETPB’s responses ready and would submit them by the next week.

Next Hearing Scheduled

Consequently, the court directed the AAG to submit all responses before the next hearing, which is scheduled for October 11, 2023. This ongoing legal battle continues to capture public attention as the search for Sheikh Rashid and the circumstances surrounding his arrest remain unresolved.

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