The Punjab government informed the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday that no rules or laws exist that allow visitation rights for those individuals in the custody of the armed forces. The statement was given by Additional Advocate General Ghulam Sarwar Nihung in the court of Justice Sultan Tanvir during the hearing of a petition filed by columnist Hafeezullah Khan Niazi seeking permission to meet his son, Barrister Hassan Khan Niazi. The additional advocate general further argued that police or prison rules are not applicable to those held in the custody of the armed forces. However, he said, an application can be submitted before the concerned quarters requesting a meeting, and it can be accommodated depending on the sensitivity of the case. Justice Sultan Tanvir sought further arguments from the lawyers on the aforementioned petition by the next date of the hearing. Hafeezullah Khan Niazi, in his petition, had also sought his son’s recovery as well as the initiation of an inquiry against those responsible officials allegedly involved in detaining Hassan Niazi. During the proceedings today, Justice Tanvir asked law officer Nihung for an update on the meeting between the petitioner and detenue. Nihung informed the court that such cases are also pending before the Supreme Court of Pakistan, hence the petitioner is advised to approach the country’s top court. The petitioner’s counsel, Ishtiaq A. Khan, told the court that the assurance given by the attorney general of Pakistan in the apex court was violated and added the no meeting was allowed despite the assurance. At this, Justice Sultan Tavnir asked whether that assurance was confined merely to the 102 arrested people. Responding to the judge’s query, advocate Khan implored the court that the Supreme Court’s order was relevant to all who were in the custody of the military. He further argued that the court has the power to direct the concerned quarters to allow a meeting between the arrested and the petitioners.