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Woman moves PHC against husband’s arrest

PESHAWAR: A woman moved the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Friday against, what she claimed, illegal custody and torture of her husband by Pabbi police in Nowshera district.

Mst Ranra Gul, a resident of Pabbi, filed a habeas corpus petition against “illegal” custody of her husband Khalid Khan and his “torture” at Pabbi Police Station through Advocate Ayaz Khan Majid.

She claimed that on December 5, 2008, Pabbi Police Station officials raided her house and arrested her husband. After the arrest, police said that they had information that the arrested person had been involved in serious crimes.

She said in the petition that officials from the concerned police station telephoned her thrice and over the telephone, she heard her husband screaming with pain due to torture. She alleged that after the call, police demanded money for his release.

She said in the petition that if her husband was involved in serious crimes, then the police should have produced him in court but they took law into their own hands and did not produce the arrested person in court.

She said that under law, the police should have to produce an arrested person before court within 24 hours of arrest but in her husband’s case, seven days had passed but he was not produced before court and police were (allegedly) demanding money for his release.

Meanwhile, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) NWFP filed a reference for Rs 5.2 million corruption against a Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) XEN in accountability court Peshawar.

NAB NWFP director general filed the reference against WAPDA XEN Abdur Rahim. In the reference, the NAB DG said that they conducted an inquiry under Section 9 of the NAB Ordinance 1999 after receiving several complaints of corruption against the XEN.

The reference said that during the investigation it was found that the WAPDA officer had made tangible and intangible assets worth millions of rupees during his service.

NAB also claimed that they had sufficient proofs of embezzlement against the officer and therefore, initiated proceedings against him under Section 18 and 24 of NAB ordinance and filed a reference in accountability court.
Source: Daily Times
Date:12/13/2008

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