It has been four days since my last post about Faisal Chohan’s mistaken arrest and fourteen days since I posted about the accident caused by Faisal Farooq, which resulted in the death of a baby.
As of now, Faisal Chohan, the CEO of Cogilent Solutions which was mistakenly raided after suspicion that it was providing illegal voice services, is still in jail. Though both the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority and the Minister of IT and Telecom, have given instructions for his release, it is quite shocking that he still isn’t free. This is a glaring example of how outdated and inefficient the judicial system is in this country.
I am told that the process of simply “canceling” a case requires about a week’s worth of time as well as a guarantee by someone who owns property within the capital. Though most of my friends live in Islamabad, even I have trouble recalling anyone who is close to Faisal AND fortunate enough to own property in this city of sky-rocketing property prices. The next hearing is on the coming Saturday, yet there is still no guarantee that Faisal will be released.
I have also heard a rumour, though haven’t been able to verify it, that during this ordeal, Faisal’s pregnant wife suffered a miscarriage. More details, as well as some good comments here.
While the above Faisal is still in jail, there is no update on what happened to the second Faisal, heir to the Nirala Sweets chain. All I can find is a mention in this article in the Daily Times from last Monday that his arrest warrants have been issued. Just to recap, Faisal Farooq, while allegedly racing in his Porshe, hit another car that was carrying a 4-month old baby who died soon after. It is alleged that he then went on to threaten the baby’s family to get them to drop the charges against him.
The media seems to have gone quiet about this case and I can’t find any update on it. Has he been arrested or have things been hushed down to protect the untouchables?
Both of the above cases highlight some serious law and order problems in this country. How is it possible that a humble professional like Faisal Chohan, mistakenly arrested and then proved innocent, can still be behind bars while a privileged and wealthy heir like Faisal Farooq roams free? Why is it a crime, with quite severe punishments, to utilize VoIP which is a technology that is as revolutionary as the Internet and has become common in the rest of the world? Is wealth and power all that is required to get away with murder? When will this system change?