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Dua Zahra case: SHC issues show-cause notice to IG Sindh over inaction

The court rejects Sindh IG's report as unrealistic, directing authorities to take back charge from IG Kamran Fazal.

The Sindh High Court (SHC) has issued a show-cause notice to the Inspector General of Police (IG) over the failure to recover Dua Zahra, who had gone missing from her Karachi home and later surfaced in Punjab.

A two-member bench headed by Justice Muhammad Iqbal Kalhoro resumed hearing a petition filed by Mehdi Ali Kazmi, the girl’s father.

According to The News, the SHC rejected the Sindh IG’s report as unrealistic, directing the Establishment Division to take back charge from IG Kamran Fazal.

Over his “unwillingness” to perform in the case, the SHC directed the authorities concerned to assign an “efficient” officer to the post.

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“It remains our tentative assessment that the IG Police, Kamran Fazal, remains unwilling to perform his duty, despite repeated direct orders,” it noted.

The SHC asked Fazal to explain why the proceeding was not initiated. It also directed Fazal to appear before the court in person and submit his affidavit at the next hearing.

According to ARY News, Advocate General (AG) Sindh told the court that her location had been traced to Mansehra.

He said, “It appears that some cops are helping her after information of police raid was leaked to them, resulting in their escape from the location.”

The AG Sindh further asked the court to summon DIG Hazara and issue directives for her recovery, noting that “IG Sindh is in contact with the officials in Hazara, who have assured that they would recover the girl in a day or two.”

Slamming the police for their lack of implementation of court orders for the last 21 days, Justice Iqbal Kalhoro said that it is the responsibility of the Sindh police to recover the girl instead of shifting the blame to others.

“Next time you could say that the girl’s location has been traced from Afghanistan. What will we do then?”

During the hearing, Justice Agha Faisal said that the court would issue an order regarding the show-cause notice shortly.

He said, “If the girl is recovered by Friday, we will withdraw our show-cause notice.”

On May 24, the SHC ordered the law enforcers of all four provinces – including police – to produce Dua Zahra before May 30.

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According to a police report submitted in the court, Dua Zahra’s location was traced to Balakot, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Earlier in a report, the police said Dua Zahra’s location was traced to Balakot, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Justice Muhammad Iqbal Kalhoro lamented that neither the suspects’ CNICs were blocked nor any action had been taken in this regard.

He stated, “We are bound by the law and will take action against whoever is violating it.”
Meanwhile, Justice Agha Faisal warned that the court would issue an order against the officer who failed to meet the task and adjourned the hearing till May 30.