Pakistan intelligence agencies admit custody of 11 prisoners of Adiala Jail
ISLAMABAD – The intelligence agencies of the country on Thursday conceded that 11 prisoners of Adiala Jail were safe and alive in their custody and they would be dealt with laws under Army Act.
A three-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday was hearing the case of Adiala Jail prisoners who went missing after their release.
The court had issued notices to the heads of secret agencies seeking their explanation with regard to 11 missing prisoners, allegedly abducted by them. In the hearing on November 24, 2010, Attorney General of Pakistan Maulvi Anwarul Haq on behalf of the agencies had informed the court that he had approached the concerned authorities but they had denied having any information about the whereabouts of these missing prisoners.
The AGP also stated that the spymasters could not be made respondents in the constitutional petitions.
The Attorney General, however, had withdrawn the reply that the secret agencies were enjoying immunity and could not be made respondents in any case, after the court had expressed severe dismay over the reply.
Muhammad Irshad, counsel for Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), and Military Intelligence (MI) on Thursday, told the Supreme Court the impression created that Army, ISI and other agencies were above the Constitution was wrong.
He made a loud and clear verbal statement on behalf of ISI and MI and promised to submit the written statement today (Friday). He stated that Pakistan Army, ISI and any other agencies were subject to the Constitution and held the Supreme Court of Pakistan in high regard. But there are certain elements, which wanted to create misperception by saying that the Army and ISI are above the Constitution, he added.