“Surrender passport and laptop”; Defence Ministry’s conditions to release Col Inam

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Defence on Wednesday conditionally agreed to release Advocate Colonel (r) Inamur Rahim, who was picked from his home in Rawalpindi last month by a security agency.

The Ministry gave the assurance before a three-member Bench of the apex court headed by Justice Mushir Alam hearing Ministry of Defense petition against the Lahore High Court order dated January 9, 2020. The retired Colonel was picked up by a security agency from his home in Rawalpindi on Dec 17, 2019.

During the hearing, Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Anwar Mansoor informed the court that Rahiem was unwell and had been taken to the hospital multiple times. “The AG submitted before the court that the government is ready to release the detainee on the condition if his counsel agrees to surrender his passport and share his laptop’s password with the ministry,” the publication said.

Khan further stated that Col (retd) Inamul Rahim will also be required to avoid travelling outside the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad besides ensuring cooperation in the ongoing investigation.

Advocate Colonel (retd) Inamur Rahim was picked from his home in Rawalpindi last month by a security agency. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Mushir Alam, heard the appeal filed by the Ministry of Defence against the order of the Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench declaring the detention of Col (retd) Inamul Rahim as illegal and unlawful.

According to media reports, during the course of hearing, Attorney General Captain (retd) Anwar Mansoor Khan informed the court that Col (retd) Inamul Rahim was unwell and had been taken to the hospital multiple times.

The AG submitted before the court that the government is ready to release the detainee on the condition if his counsel agrees to surrender his passport and share his laptop’s password with the ministry.

Anwar Mansoor Khan further submitted that Col (retd) Inamul Rahim will also be required to avoid going outside the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad besides ensuring cooperating in the ongoing investigation.

Counsel for Col (retd) Inamul Rahim informed the court that Mr Rahim had been under detention for more than a month. He, however, agreed to the conditions, put forward by the Ministry of Defence.

Meanwhile, the court directed the counsel for Col (retd) Inamul Rahim to surrender his passport and cooperate in the ongoing investigation.

The court further ruled that the appeal, filed by the federal government and Ministry of Defence, challenging the order of the Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench will be heard on merit and adjourned the hearing for two weeks.

Earlier,the Supreme Court 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 today suspended the LHC order and asked for the record submitted in the high court. Attorney-General for 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 (against Rahim) 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 is necessary to share the grounds for an arrest so that the nature of the crime can 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.