Islamabad: Whereabouts of 83 missing persons traced, SC told
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was informed on Tuesday that the Commission on Missing Persons had traced 83 persons who had gone missing in the country. A two-member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Javed Iqbal and Justice Ghulam Rabbani heard the missing persons case.
Commission on Missing Persons Secretary Farid Ahmed Khan presented a report before the court, stating the commission has traced whereabouts of 83 persons after December 31, 2010.
The report further revealed that out of the total 228 cases pending before the commission, 20 had been deleted as they did not come under forced disappearance, while five cases had been removed as legal heirs or relatives failed to provide accurate information about their missing persons.
Similarly, the report also revealed out of the total cases, the commission had disposed of 108 cases, adding 138 cases were filed with the commission on December 31, 2010 with 198 new cases.
During the hearing, the court directed Islamabad SSP Tahir Alam to provide within one week DNA reports of those killed during the Lal Masjid operation. The court also directed that the Commission on Missing Persons take up cases of Lal Masjid victims.
KK Agha, additional attorney general, told the court that the process of providing families of the missing persons a monthly allowance had been started.
Amna Masood Janjua, spouse of missing Masood Janjua, informed the court that one Muhammad Jameel, who went missing from Rawaplindi, had not yet been traced. She told the court that Jalal Khan, father of Muhammad Jameel, had a heart attack twice in grief of his missing son.
At this, Farid Ahmed Khan, secretary of the Commission on Missing Persons, told the court that the case of Muhammad Jameel had been fixed before the commission on July 28.
Amna Janjua requested the court to issue directives to the parliament for making legislation on forced disappearance. Justice Javed Iqbal, however, told Amna Janjua that the court could not direct the parliament for making legislation. He, however, observed that the relatives and legal heirs of missing persons should approach parliamentarians in this regard.