The Sindh High Court (SHC) has stopped police and other agencies from taking unlawful action while seeking responses from provincial and federal governments, NAB, FIA and other institutions on a petition against a raid on the house of Haleem Adil Sheikh, Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly.
Appearing before a two-judge bench, headed by Judge KK Agha, on Monday, the petitioner’s lawyer, Raj Ali Wahid Advocate, argued that an unlawful raid is one that is carried out without a warrant or FIR. He added that his client and his family had been repeatedly harassed by the police.
The lawyer urged the court to ask the government for details if there was a new investigation against his client. The bench ordered the provincial and federal governments, the NAB, the FIA and other institutions to submit responses to the petition. In the meantime, he prevented the police and other agencies from taking any illegal action against Sheikh.
The court also requested details of the cases and investigations against Sheikh, while ordering the submission of a written response on December 6.
The petition was filed by Sheikh’s daughter.
“Several FIRs have been filed against my father to politically victimize him,” the petitioner said. “Our house was raided despite the fact that my father was released on bail in these cases. Everyone knows that my sister’s wedding ceremony takes place on November 27. Yet our house was raided on the evening of November 17 November. They tried to break into our house and harassed the guards.”
Published in The Express Tribune, November 22n/a2022.