LAHORE: The Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench on Thursday said the detention of retired colonel Inamur Rahim was “illegal” and he would be released immediately.
Rahim, a lawyer who fought court cases on behalf of the families of several missing persons, was abducted from his residence in Rawalpindi last month by unidentified men.
“The detention of retired colonel Inamur Rahim has no legal grounds whatsoever,” Justice Mirza Waqas Rauf remarked during the hearing of the case today.
After his abduction, his son, Husnain Inam, had filed a complaint in the high court related to the disappearance. Retired brigadier Wasif had filed the complaint, and represented the son in court as his lawyer today.
During a hearing of the case last week, a representative of the Ministry of Defence had confirmed that the retired colonel was in the custody of law enforcement agencies for interrogation.
During the proceedings, the court had directed the government to produce an official complaint or a first information report (FIR) against Rahim to justify the detention.
However, since the government failed to submit documentary proof regarding the complaint against the missing persons’ activist, Justice Rauf termed the detention illegal in court today.