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SC bars authorities from expelling Afghan national

Justice Minallah remarks suspecting someone without evidence against human rights
A man uses his mobile phone as he walks past the Supreme Court of Pakistan building in Islamabad, Pakistan May 13, 2023. — AFP
A man uses his mobile phone as he walks past the Supreme Court of Pakistan building in Islamabad, Pakistan May 13, 2023. — AFP

The Supreme Court has barred the authorities from expelling an Afghan national from Pakistan.

The Supreme Court on Monday conducted a hearing on a case pertaining to the issuance of a Pakistan Origin Card (POC) card to an Afghanistan-born Danish citizen.

During the hearing, CJP Qazi Faez Isa asked Additional Attorney General Aamir Rehman whether the petitioner was involved in any sabotage. On what grounds, the authorities opposed the extension of the petitioner’s POC, inquired the CJP.

The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) council said that the petitioner had applied for an extension of his POC.

POC card is issued to those who got married in Pakistan, he said, adding that the card is not issued to those who belong to India or enemy country.

During the hearing, Justice Athar Minallah inquired whether there was any evidence against the petitioner, to which the additional attorney general replied that the petitioner’s siblings live in Kabul and Logar, Afghanistan.

It is in violation of human rights to suspect someone without any reason, Justice Minullah said, adding that the petitioner’s wife is a Pakistani national and is currently in the country.

The additional attorney general sought a period of one month’s from the court to submit a reply, while assuring the court that the petitioner will not be expelled till the next hearing.

The court remarked that the attorney general should appear in the next hearing if the issue was not resolved and adjourned the hearing of the case for a month.

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Justice Athar Minallah

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