Faisal urges authorities to release Wahid KARACHI: Faisal Edhi of the Edhi Foundation has requested the Inspector General of Sindh police and the Sindh chief minister to release ‘missing’ writer and publisher Abdul Wahid “on humanitarian grounds”.
Speaking to Dawn on Thursday, Mr Edhi acknowledged that he had written a letter on Sep 24 on the request of Mr Wahid’s eldest daughter Hani Wahid.
“I met Abdul Wahid during gatherings organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). Later, I got to know he works as an operator at the Civil Hospital. I had a meeting with Wahid’s daughter, Hani, last month. I earlier received a letter from her in which she asked me to appeal for her father’s release in any which way I can. I decided to write a letter to senior officials who I thought could help,” he said.
In the letter, Mr Faisal requests the IG Sindh and the chief minister of Sindh to “release Abdul Wahid on humanitarian basis”.
The letter shows a receiving stamp of Sep 27 from both the recipients; but, Faisal says he hasn’t “heard back from any official as yet”.
According to Mr Wahid’s family and friends, he was asked to step out of a van on the Superhighway near the toll plaza by two men in plain clothes on July 26. He was coming back from Digri, Mirpurkhas and hasn’t returned home.
A petition was filed at the Sindh High Court by Hani Wahid on Aug 2. She stated in the petition that an FIR was not registered by the SHO of Gadap, Khan Nawaz, when he was approached by her family.
Sub-Inspector Asadullah of the Gadap police station, who represented the SHO of Gadap during a hearing on Sep 26, stated in the court that the petitioner did not approach the SHO for an FIR.
The court asked the SI to register an FIR and file a progress report on the next hearing.
An FIR was eventually registered under Section 365 against intelligence agencies, according to a copy of the FIR available with Dawn.
Human rights activists and social workers recently participated in a public rally organised by the HRCP from the Regal Chowk to the Karachi Press Club. They demanded that Abdul Wahid was released soon and any evidence against him should be presented in the court.