ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad Police, while carrying out the orders of the chief justice of Pakistan, on Thursday arrested Opposition Leader in the Balochistan Assembly Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind on the Supreme Court premises in connection with an abduction case lodged in 2009 in Shoran area of Balochistan.
Former federal minister Rind, his son Sardar Khan Rind and four others were handed down life imprisonment by a Quetta anti-terrorism court for allegedly taking captive a man, and failing to appear before that court on June 28 last year. He then moved an appeal in the Balochistan High Court (BHC) against the sentence but that was dismissed. Finally, Rind challenged the BHC order in the Supreme Court.
Talking to reporters on SC premises, Rind said he had surrendered to the apex court and had complete faith in it and that justice would be done to him.
Although the two-judge bench of Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Jawwad S Khawaja Thursday rejected his appeal, Rind contended he had been convicted of non-appearance (before the courts). His counsel, Akram Sheikh, argued that the case was wrong as his client had been sentenced in absentia.
When the counsel requested that Rind be kept in Sindh or Balochistan houses, Justice Chaudhry ordered to put him in the Islamabad Secretariat Police Station, saying they could not discriminate because the law was equal for everyone. The court, however, fixed the hearing of the appeal for Monday (November 5).
Earlier, Rind submitted that because Chief Minister Aslam Raisani was after his blood over an old enmity between the Raisani and Rind tribes, he could not appear before the courts (in Balochistan). “So far, 200 people have been killed due to this hostility between the two tribes,” he told the bench.
In 2009, a case was registered in the Shoran Police Station against Yar Mohammad Rind, who is also the chief of the Rind tribe, his son former district nazim Sardar Khan Rind and his accomplices Sabzal Khan, Mohammad Yusuf, Allah Dina, Wali Mohammad and Din Mohammad. In the FIR, they had been accused of kidnapping a person, namely Imamudin, from Sanni area. The challan in the case was submitted to the ATC Quetta-II upon which the court issued notices to Yar Mohammad Rind and other accused, to appear before the court. However, despite the frequent notices none of the accused turned up.
ATC Quetta-II judge Aminuddin Bazai convicted the six accused of kidnapping Imamudin, awarding life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 each, for ignoring court notices and deliberately not ensuring their presence during the hearings.
Sardar Rind arrested on SC premises