Missing poet Ahmed Farhad in AJK police custody, AGP informs IHC

Missing poet Ahmed Farhad in AJK police custody, AGP informs IHC
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Islamabad (Web Desk): Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Usman Awan on Wednesday informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that missing poet Ahmed Farhad was "arrested and was currently in police custody" in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

The development came as Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani of IHC resumed hearing a petition seeking the missing Kashmiri poet’s recovery.

During the last hearing, Justice Kayani had ordered live streaming of all missing persons cases. However, today’s case was not broadcast live.

Justice Kayani had also summoned the sector commanders of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI), the director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar and the defence, law and interior secretaries today.

During today’s hearing, AGP Mansoor Usman Awan, Additional Attorney General (AAG) Munawar Iqbal Duggal, and the law minister appeared before the court.

During the hearing AG Mansoor Usman told the court Ahmad Farhad is arrested and is in the custody of AJK police.

The AG presented report of police station Dhir Kot AJK in the court.

Iman Mazari counsel for poet Ahmad Farhad came on the rostrum during the hearing of the case and took the plea one more went missing and his FIR was registered after four days. 
Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani inquired what is your information.

Imaan Mazari said he was doing social media posts with reference to Kashmir.

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani remarked IG Islamabad should see this matter. 

The court remarked now I am not saying anything. Only I have informed you to see it.

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani remarked no one has any enmity with agencies. We only say that they should work as per law.

Law minister Azam Nazeer Tarar, while speaking in court, lamented the current state of lawlessness in the country and said the Parliament "should also fulfil its role".

Referring to the controversial Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) notification barring the airing of court proceedings and remarks by judges, Justice Kayani maintained that the regulatory authority "cannot ban the reporting of judges' remarks".

"Sir, that is a separate matter which is not pending hearing in this court," the law minister said. 

The court directed to recover poet Ahmad Farhad from police station Dhir Kot AJK.