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Govt Says Will Release Col Inam If He Provides His Laptop Password

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The Apex Court has been told by the federal government on Wednesday that it had decided to release detained lawyer retired colonel Inam-ul-Rahiem provided certain conditions were met.

Attorney General Anwar Mansoor told a three-judge SC bench that the government wanted to release Col Inam in view of his health condition. Col Inam is required to provide password of his laptop, deposit passport with SC registrar and cooperate in investigation.

The bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam had taken up a government appeal against the decision of Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench, that had declared the detention of the lawyer Col Inam unlawful.

A two-page order issued by the Supreme Court stated that the AG had on instructions said that since the detained lawyer was not keeping good health, so on this ground, it has been decided that he be released but subject to deposit of his passport. Mr Mansoor had also alleged that Col Inam was a foreign spy and said the information retrieved from his laptop was of sensitive nature which violated the Official Secrets Act.

Soon after the hearing, advocates Sheikh Ehsanuddin and Taufiq Asif, who were pursuing the case of Col Inam, said the lawyer’s family had deposited his passport with the court registrar.

Col Inam was picked up by the authorities from his house in Rawalpindi on Dec 17, 2019, and since then he has not been produced before any court.

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