ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court Thursday directed Additional Attorney General to himself procure the affidavits of six military and intelligence officers, which should be duly attested by the Secretary Ministry of Defence.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Gulzar Ahmed was hearing the case of enforced disappearance of Masood Janjua, the husband of Amina Masood Janjua.
Additional Attorney General (AAG) Tariq Khokhar informed the bench that according to the list, provided by Amna Masood, five, including Pervez Musharraf, have submitted their affidavits.
General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, who is presently confined at his own farm at Chak Shahzad, declared as sub-jail, submitted his affidavit before the bench through AAG.
The affidavit says; “An application was received from Lt-Col (retd) Ali Muhammad, father of Masood Janjua, as he was ex-army colleague, therefore this application was brought to my notice and I instructed my Military Secretary (Maj-Gen Shafat) to give all legal help to the family in locating their missing son, but all efforts failed and Masood Janjua could not be traced. Thereafter, the concerned officials informed the father of Masood Janjua accordingly.”
Amna had submitted the list of 11 army officers including former President General (retd) Pervez Musharaf, former Secretary Defence Syed Athar Ali Abbass, former Secretary Interior Syed Kamal Shah, Brigadier (retd) Javed Iqbal Cheema, Brigadier (retd) Javed Iqbal Lodhi, former DGs National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC), Col Jehangir Akhtar, Col Habibullah, Brigadier Mansoor Saeed Sheikh, Lt General Nusrat Naeem, Lt General Shafqat Ahmed, Lt General Nadeem Taj and Malik Muhammad Qayyum, former Attorney General for cross-examination.
In her application, Amna Masood had requested the court for cross-examination of these persons in connection with her missing husband, disappeared since July 30, 2005. Accepting her plea, the court had directed Ms Amna to furnish the names, whom she wanted to cross-examination.
Onset of the proceeding, the attorney general requested the court that five persons’ affidavits have been obtained, while there is apprehension of six persons, as there addresses are sensitive. He, therefore, prayed to bench to issue notice to them. However, the chief justice asked him to procure their affidavits himself.
“The case is somehow of sensitive nature and we will hear it once the affidavits of all the accused officers with dully attested by defence ministry are submitted,” said the Chief Justice.
The court had earlier observed that after submission of affidavits by all the alleged officers, they would decide about the forum for cross examining them in a matter related to alleged enforced disappearance of Masood Janjua. The court will determine methodology to cross-examine officers, including former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf, who she also alleged to have a role in the forced disappearance of her husband.
The case was adjourned for 10 days.