Govt produces detainee Arif Gull before Supreme Court

By: News Desk
Published: 03:23 PM, 4 Jan, 2022
Govt produces detainee Arif Gull before Supreme Court
Caption: TV grab shows Arif Gull being brought to the Supreme Court.
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The detainee belonging to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa tribal area and who was put in a detention centre was produced before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The court also clubbed the case with another one relating to defining the legal position of detention centres and being heard by a larger apex court bench. It also allowed detainee Arif Gull’s father and grandfather to meet him as per the established rules.

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmad heard a habeas corpus petition filed by the detainee’s grandfather Sultan Mehmood. 

During the hearing, CJP Gulzar Ahmad asked detainee Arif Gull to tell the court what was the matter with him. On which, KP advocate general told the court that he could not understand Urdu, he could comprehend Pashtu only. 

Gull told the court that he used to work at a hotel, somebody complained about him and the security officials arrested him. 

Justice Qazi Amin asked the additional attorney general to apprise the bench what was the allegation against him. The additional AG said that the court was in possession of the documentary record of the case. 

Justice Amin remarked that Arif Gull was accused of launching an attack on a security post.

The chief justice observed that that the matter of legal position of detention centres was also being heard by the larger bench of the court. 

The AG said since the identity of Arif Gull had been revealed, so it was prayed to the court either to dispose of the case or club it with the case being heard by the larger bench. After this, the KP police took Arif Gull back to Kohat. 

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Earlier, the Supreme Court changed the bench hearing the Arif Gull case. Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar who were part of the bench yesterday were replaced by Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Qazi Amin.

Reporter Imanat Gishkori