The Balochistan High Court (BHC) on Tuesday ordered release of former home minister Nawabzada Gazeen Marri, son of the late Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, who had been detained under Section 3 of Maintenance of Public Order.
Marri was detained last month by the Quetta deputy commissioner after being granted bail in the Justice Nawaz Marri murder case by an anti-terrorism court in Sibbi. He was earlier arrested upon his return to Pakistan from the United Arab Emirates after ending an 18 years self-imposed exile.
The divisional bench of BHC, comprising Justice Jamal Mandokhail and Justice Nazeer Ahmed Langove, ordered Marri’s release, terming his detention “illegal”.
The bench questioned the Additional Advocate General Shehak Baloch about the reasons for Marri’s detention, to which Baloch said that the home department could answer the court’s query. The home secretary is participating in a joint border commission’s meeting with Iranian authorities and is, therefore, unavailable, he said.
Dissatisfied with the answer, the court ordered Marri’s release.