The Liyaqat case

Those who sensationalized his arrest are conspicuously silent on his release



Liyaqat Shah's release hogged the headlines. He was released on the declaration of the National Investigation Agency Director that despite investigations conducted by the NIA, they could not find any evidence of his involvement in any conspiracy of committing a terrorist attack in Delhi. It was also claimed by police then that weapons were recovered from the guest house he was staying in at his instance. As is usual  without waiting for verifying details and veracity of the said police version stories were telecast, comments made, discussions held on all channels, print media was flooded with stories while presuming the claim of the Delhi police to be true.
People have still faith in the system to some extent and hope against hope that justice will be done with them  but had the Chef Minister of J&K not taken it very seriously that Liyaqat Shah has been wrongly arrested and apparently has been framed in a false case their were very little chances for him to prove his innocence. It was his good luck that he was traveling with his family who refuted that charge of his arrest in Delhi but claimed he was arrested while he was coming from Pakistan via Nepal in terms of rehabilitation plan of the Government meant for surrendered militants which gave a serious dent to the Delhi police theory.
Our leaders are in a race now to take the credit of Liyaqat's release be it Chief Minister or Congress leader Mr Saifudin Soz but unfortunately the real issues are being missed by all. When National Investigation Agency has admitted in the court that Liyaqats involvement in conspiracy to commit Fidayeen attack could not be substantiated by any evidence and the fact that weapons which were reportedly recovered from the guest house at his instance have not been recovered from the guest house in his presence reveals volumes about the sinister designs behind his arrest and the purpose of playing this cooked up Fidayeen attack.
There is no denying the fact that Omar Abdullah took a strong exception to the theory of Delhi Police which forced the home minister to handover the case to NIA and the results are before us for which Omar Abdullah deserves the credit. The million dollar question is will the real purpose of this episode be investigated as to why has this thing happened and wherefrom came the weapons which were shown to have been recovered. Is it not possible that their may be many innocents languishing in Jails in false and framed cases who were not as lucky as Liyaqat proved to be. Is it not true that they must have nourished hope that perhaps their cases also will be looked into to give justice to them. Unless those responsible for enacting the drama of Liyaqat are made accountable, this practice will not stop irrespective of the fact one case has slipped out of their hands. Why has not the national media propagated the same way innocence of Liyaqat the way they propagated his involvement on his arrest to show their impartial approach and honesty of journalism if they practice any. Duplicity in behavior and double standards in applying the laws may give short lived results but finally brings only contempt and disrespect and leaves bruised psyche in the minds of the people.
(B.A.Bashir is a senior advocate)

Lastupdate on : Tue, 28 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 28 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 29 May 2013 00:00:00 IST

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