SC withdraws contempt notice against FC chief

ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Thursday withdrew contempt of court notice against Frontier Corps Inspector General (FC IG) Maj-Gen Ejaz Shahid in missing persons case.
A three-member bench headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk withdrew the notice after FC IG appeared before the court in person. He was issued the contempt of court notice by former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. During the proceedings, FC IG counsel Irfan Qadir told the court Maj-Gen Ejaz Shahid could not appear in the court on December 5 due to illness and “he is present in the court today”. Justice Ejaz Afzal remarked that the paramilitary force was accused of abducting people and asked FC IG counsel Irfan Qadir about the measures the FC had taken in this regard. Irfan informed the court that they would present detailed written reply in the court.
The FC IG said that name of one Koh Khan was included in missing persons list; however, police recovered him from Quetta. He said six FC men were alleged to be involved in his kidnapping but his recovery by police proved this impression wrong that the paramilitary force was involved in abducting the people.
Barrister Irfan Qadir added that Maj Gen Ijaz Shahid had appeared in the court in compliance with the court’s earlier orders and hence the contempt notice issued against his client issued on December 5 should now be withdrawn.
While seeking more time to respond in writing, Ijaz Shahid said he will give complete detail about the missing persons. On this, the court directed him to submit a written reply in the court on next date of hearing and adjourned further hearing of the case till January 15.
A 3-member bench of SC presided over by ex-CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry had issued contempt of court notice to FC IG on Dec 5 for not appearing in the court despite being summoned by apex court in missing persons case.
Counsel for the FC had taken plea that the FC IG was admitted to a hospital due to heart problem, therefore, he could not appear in the court.
On Dec 19, after his appointment as acting FC IG, Brigadier Khalid Saleem appeared in the court and said that FC was doing its level best to bring peace in the province as it was fully aware of its duties.
He stated that the FC had also traced out several missing persons who would be brought to justice after due course of law.

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