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Yousaf Baloch vs. PPO, etc.

The habeas corpus petition was filed by AGHS in the Lahore High Court on behalf of a trade unionist and human rights activist seeking the recovery of a missing woman and her child. The woman and her son, missing since November 2016 had last been seen with an affluent lawyer and his legal clerk. Due to external pressure, the police had delayed the investigation significantly and no steps had been taken to recover the missing individuals. The petition seeks to obtain the woman and her child’s whereabouts and their subsequent recovery through Court.

Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon vs. Federation of Pakistan, etc.

The petition challenged the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Act, 2017 and the Constitution of Pakistan (Twenty First Amendment) Act, 2017, which reconstituted military courts in Pakistan. The case is pending for arguments in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Muhammad Riaz vs. Khalid Gujjar

A Writ Petition was filed in the Lahore High Court by a bonded labourer who had managed to escape from a brick kiln. The individual sought the recovery of his family which included minors as young as nine months, from the brick kiln. The Lahore High Court dismissed the petition and AGHS challenged the decision of the Court before the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Noor Ejaz Chaudhry vs. Maheen Zafar, etc

This petition was filed in public interest in the Supreme Court of Pakistan by human rights activists through AGHS demanding the accountability of a judge of the lower judiciary and his wife who had physically assaulted a minor child domestic worker. AGHS submitted detailed comments with recommendations to the Supreme Court to assist it on the matter of child domestic labour and child abuse in Pakistan.

South Asian Partnership vs FOP, etc.

AGHS filed a writ petition in the Lahore High Court on behalf of South Asian Partnership, an NGO that was closed down in multiple districts across Punjab by the Interior Ministry through the Home Department of Punjab without any just cause or reason. The Lahore High Court stated that the Orders passed by the Interior Ministry were unilateral and denied the Petitioners due process. Due to this, the Ministry of Interior was compelled to withdraw the said Orders, allowing SAP to resume its operations.

CASES WHERE AGHS HAS BEEN ENGAGED AS AMICUS CURIAE IN 2017

In the matter of Women Trafficking to Afghanistan through Fake Marriage Deeds

Suo Motu notice was taken by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to enquire into the trafficking of women from the Northern Areas of Pakistan through Rawalpindi/Islamabad to Afghanistan through fake marriage deeds. Trafficked women were subsequently sold to Afghan men. AGHS’ Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Asma Jahangir, was appointed as amicus curiae to assist the Supreme Court on the matter. The case is currently pending to be heard before the Court.

Action Regarding Abduction of more than 600 Children in the Province of Punjab

Suo Motu notice was taken by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to enquire into the sudden abduction of over 600 children in the Province of Punjab in 2016. AGHS was asked to assist the Supreme Court on the subject as amicus curiae. The organization submitted a detailed report with its findings and recommendations and also referred multiple cases of missing children to the Court during the case.

Muhammad Razzaq and another vs. Federation of Pakistan

AGHS was appointed as amicus curiae in a public interest case filed in the Lahore High Court seeking the implementation of the Police Order, 2002 through which the police would be enabled to act more efficiently, transparently and responsibly. AGHS assisted the Lahore High Court by submitting its comments and recommendations during arguments.

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