London, May 21 (ANI): A British court has lambasted Pakistan, saying that despite restoration of democracy in the country, the decision making the in the country remains dominated by the military and intelligence agencies.
Justice Mitting of the Special Immigration Appeal Commission (SIAC) of the London High Court in his judgement in the case concerning deportation of the Pakistani students arrested last year on terror charges during operation ‘Pathway’, criticised both the civilian and military set-up of Pakistan and also the Supreme Court.
There is a long and well-documented history of disappearances, illegal detention and of the torture and ill treatment of those detained, usually to produce information, a confession or compliance, the 22-page long judgement said.
“In 2009, there were 90 suicide bombings and 3000 killed. Anyone, such as Abid Naseer, suspected of belonging to either would be at risk at the hands of the ISI,” The Nation quoted the verdict, as saying.
“A recent Presidential Ordinance of October 2009, Pakistan permits those suspected of terrorism to be detained for upto 90 days without judicial oversight or the right of access to a court. Pakistan has signed, but not ratified the United Nations Convention against torture,” it added.
It may be noted that 12 Pakistani students were detained in April last year in raids across north-west Britain for planning terror attacks on Easter.
British authorities had failed to prove any charges against the detained men, but some were deported back to Pakistan.
Earlier this week, the SIAC had upheld the appeal against extradition, which was moved by two of the detained students named Abid Naseer and Ahmad Faraz Khan.
The British authorities had failed to bring up charges against any of the arrested men, but had decided to deport them for being a ‘security risk’.
Two of the arrested men Abdul Wahab Khan, and Tariq Ur Rehman, have already returned to Pakistan after their appeals against exclusion were rejected. (ANI)