ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday was displeased at the absence of a government law during the hearing of a missing persons’ case, according to a private news outlet.
During the hearing, a three-judge SC bench led by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan— which included Justice Maqbool Baqar and Justice Faisal Arab— recalled how high courts in the United Kingdom treat habeas corpus petitions.
“They suspend routine work to give priority to such cases by taking up petitions for securing the release of persons if they are in illegal detention,” said Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan.
This was observed by the judge as no law officer from the government’s side turned up in the court when the case was taken up. The bench then ordered the court’s assistant to call someone from the attorney general’s office.
Consequently, Additional Attorney General (AAG) Mohammad Waqar Rana appeared and sought time to explain that Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Sajid Ilyas Bhatti wasn’t available as he had to go abroad.