Pakistan's lawyer who fought for the unlawful arrest was arrested

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani lawyer who is known for pursuing cases of unlawful confinement of country security agencies has been abducted overnight from his home in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, his son said Tuesday.

According to the son, several armed men in plainclothes knocked on the door of the family home Monday night. When the family opened the door, the boys rode in and grabbed his father, moved him to a car and then drove away.

Rehman, a lawyer and a retired military officer, never threatened anyone, said his son Husnain Inam. He refused to think about who was behind the abduction.

We are in a state of shock, Inam said, adding that the family was too scared to cry for help during the abduction.

Inam, a college teacher, said he had formally reported the abduction to police. No official government could be reached immediately to comment.

Rehman has been a vocal critic of Pakistan's security agencies and has also represented several people who have detained the country's military-backed agency in recent years. He had previously been reported to have been harassed by security agencies.

In 2012, he petitioned a court challenging the government's move to retain army chief of staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has been in office for another three years.

Last Tuesday, dozens of rallies in the capital, Islamabad, marked International Human Rights Day by urging the government to release hundreds of people they say have been forcibly lost by security agencies in years ago.

The government has repeatedly denied the allegations. Although Pakistani law prohibits detainees without court approval, officials privately confirm that intelligent agencies are holding an undisclosed number of suspects. Officials said the detention was due to ties with militant groups.