Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court yesterday removed objections over a writ petition seeking court’s directions for the federal government to retrieve the dead body of Chaudhary Rehmat Ali from London.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah removed the objections raised by the Registrar office over the petition and directed the office to fix the matter for regular hearing.

Chaudhary Rehmat Ali was a leading member of Pakistan’s Independence Movement and he created the word “Pakistan” for the new state. He died on February 19, 1951 in London and buried there.

The petitioner Ansar Mehmood moved this petition and nominated ministry of foreign affairs, Pakistan’s high commission in London and Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) as respondents in his petition.

He stated in his petition that Chaudhary Rehmat Ali was the creator of word “Pakistan” and hence a national hero. At the time of his death, he was buried in London under a temporary arrangement with an understanding that his body will be shifted to Pakistan later on.

There are various examples when different countries retrieved dead bodies of their heroes and later buried them at their homeland with full reverence.

He added that in the case of a Pakistani traitor Mati-ur-Rehman — who had tried to hijack Pakistan Air Force plane during flight in which his co-pilot Rashid Minhas Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider) preferred to crash the plane instead of letting Mati take it to India – Mati remained buried in Karachi till 2006 when Pakistan government during a visit of then Bangladeshi prime minister had handed over his body to her. Later his burial ceremony was done in Bangladesh with full honour and reverence.

Therefore, he prayed to the court to direct the federal government to take up this matter seriously with London and make arrangements to bring the dead body of Chaudhry Rehmat Ali back in Pakistan.