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Lal Masjid, Jamia Hafsa case

ISLAMABAD, Aug 11: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the attorney-general to look into the complaint lodged by female students of Jamia Hafsa wherein they had alleged that they and their family members were being harassed by the government.

A two-member bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar and Justice Faqir Muhammad Khokhar while hearing a suo moto case of Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa also directed the AG to hold meeting with the Legal Aid Committee for this purpose and ensure protection to the female students of Jamia Hafsa and their family members.

On Friday, Attorney-General Justice (retd) Malik Muhammad Qayyum, DG National Police Bureau Islamabad Shoaib Suddle and Assistant Commissioner Rana Akbar appeared before the court.

The court further directed the AG to inform the court about the number of people still detained in Adiala Jail and further directed to hold meeting with the legal aid committee for evolving a mechanism for the release of innocent people.

The court observed that except the deputy commissioner, the local administration was not acting in a responsible manner, causing problems in the way of resolution of matters in this regard. The court also expressed dissatisfaction over the hearing of trial court and directed the attorney general to look into the bail matters of the inmates.

The bench also directed the AG to ensure the recovery of missing people and extend cooperation to the parents of such students in this regard.

Meanwhile, Malik Muhammad Qayyum assured the court that he would look into all these matters including protection to the female students of Jamia Hafsa.

He further assured the court that he would hold meeting with the legal aid committee today (Saturday) and address the problems pointed out by the court.

DG National Police Bureau Shoaib Suddle informed the court that bodies of two more persons slain in the Lal Masjid operation have been identified to be of Abdul Aziz and Mehrab Khan.

He said that DNA tests of remaining 32 people are yet to be conducted.

At this the court directed him to complete the remaining DNA tests and submit report before the court within four days.

Assistant Commissioner Islamabad Rana Akbar submitted before the court that arrangements have been made in jail for the students of Wafaqul Madaris to appear in examination. The court had earlier directed making adequate arrangements for conducting examination of the students in jail.

Muhammad Ikram Chaudhry, Taufeeq Asif advocates, Sheikh Muhammad Sulaiman, Shahbaz Ahmed Rajput, members legal aid committee also appeared before the court. The court adjourned hearing of the case till August 17. The news
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