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IGP admits failure in filing FIR about missing engineer

ISLAMABAD: The inspector general of the capital police in a report submitted to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on the disappearance of an engineer stated that the SHO and the investigation officer of Shalimar police “failed to timely register the FIR” of the incident.

The report was submitted to Justice Athar Minallah along with the show-cause notices issued to the former SHO Inspector Qaiser Gilani and IO Manzoor Ahmed during the hearing of a case related to a missing engineer, Sajid Mehmood.

Justice Minallah observed that the IGP had failed to submit the report of the joint investigation team which the court had ordered him on the last hearing.

The IT engineer was picked up in March 2016 by armed men from his house in F-10. His wife, Mahera Sajid, filed the case with the court for the recovery of her husband.

On March 15, she submitted an application to the Shalimar police for the registration of a criminal case against the abduction of her husband but the police registered the FIR on July 14.

Counsel for the petitioner, Umer Gilani, said the court should order the government to pay maintenance to the missing person’s wife and three daughters.

He argued that the IGP’s decision to issue show-cause notices to his subordinates showed that he had admitted the state’s negligence and failure. Therefore, he said, the state can be held liable for this.

During the previous hearing of the case, the court-appointed amicus curiae had also supported the demand and recommended that action be taken against the policemen for their negligence.

Standing counsel Khawaja Imtiaz, however, requested the court to adjourn the case enabling him to present the government’s point of view. The court gave him a final opportunity, saying it would decide the matter on December 9.

In the report, the IGP said, “during verbal inquiry neither the then SHO PS Shalimar nor the investigation officer ASI Manzoor Ahmed put forward any plausible justification in their defence.”

courtesy : dawn news



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