SRINAGAR: The J&K high court has, on Saturday, ordered deportation of three Pakistan nationals to their native country within eight weeks.
The court passed the direction after hearing separate petitions filed by the Pakistanis through their counsel advocate Mir Shafaqat Hussain.
Those directed to be deported Mohammad Saleem Rehmani of Nawab Shah Pakistan, Asif Khan of Chak Rawalakot Pakistan administered Kashmir and Murtaza Aqib of Janagir Colony Gukrawala Pakistan.
Disposing of Saleem’s petition, a bench of Justice Janak Raj Kotwal directed government through Principal Secretary Home to take necessary steps for his deportation to his native country and complete the exercise expeditiously as far as possible within a period of eight weeks.
The court’s direction followed submissions by advocate Shafaqat that 3rd additional sessions judge Srinagar acquitted Saleem of the offence under section 7/25 Arms Act. He urged the court to order Saleem’s deportation.
“It being admitted case of the respondents/Government that the impugned order (under PSA) has been passed to regularize the presence (Saleem) in the State till arrangement for his deportation is made, this writ petition is disposed of with a direction to the respondents to take necessary steps for deportation of the petitioner to his native Country and complete this exercise expeditiously as far as possible within a period of eight weeks,” the court said.
Advocate Shafaqat said that the high court also ordered deportation of Asif Khan and Murtaza Aqib within the same time.