ISLAMABAD (ENNS/MD) Pakistan’s Supreme Court here on Tuesday suspended the Lahore High Court’s orders for the release of Advocate Inamur Rahim — a retired colonel who was picked up from his home in Rawalpindi on Dec 17, 2019.
On Thursday, the LHC’s Rawalpindi bench had declared the detention of Rahim to be illegal and ordered military authorities to release him immediately.
Following this, the federal government on Saturday approached the Supreme Court to challenge the high court verdict.
Ruling on the government appeal, the apex court suspended the LHC order and asked for the record submitted in the high court. Attorney-General Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan then submitted a sealed report in the court.
During the proceedings, Justice Mushir Alam asked the basis on which the case had been formed, in response to which the attorney general said a lot of material had been found on a laptop.
“There must be some reason for the arrest,” Justice Alam contended, adding that as per the law, it was necessary to share the grounds for an arrest so that the nature of the crime could be determined.
“Listen to the case in chambers, I am ready to tell [you]everything,” said the attorney general.
According to Attorney General Khan, Rahim had information about nuclear weapons, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and “some people”.
“You mean to say that he had information which he shared with the enemy?” asked Justice Mansoor Ali Shah.
“Yes, Colonel Inamur Rahim is a spy,” said the attorney general, adding that there is a whole network behind him and many individuals from that ring are wanted.
Justice Alam then inquired about the investigation’s progress, in response to which Khan said till the completion of investigations, he was not at liberty to say anything regarding the court martial. Khan said once investigations have been completed, Rahim will have full rights.
During yesterday’s hearing, Attorney General Khan had requested that in-camera proceedings of the case be conducted inside the judges’ chambers as the case related to issues of national security.
Responding to the government’s request, the apex court had asked for an explanation on how the detention of the retired lieutenant colonel concerned national security.
“We have no objections but show us the matter on the basis of which we should do this. Show us the documents, we will not make them public,” said Justice Mushir Alam. “Come on Tuesday to explain how the detention of Col Inam is related to national security.”
Meanwhile, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), Qalbe Hassan, while addressing the judges yesterday had said the lawyers community “knows well the reason behind Inam’s arrest”.
“The lawyer was arrested because he provided a copy of the Army Act to the Supreme Court bench that was hearing a case relating to extension in the army chief’s tenure,” Hassan had alleged.