Islamabad: Lal Masjid: 5 missing persons’ cases registered
ISLAMABAD: The Aabpara police during the last two days registered five separate cases over the disappearance of people, including the mother of former Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz and a businessman, during the operation, police said on Thursday. The cases were registered before the June 8 deadline given by the Supreme Court to the police directing them on May 25 to entertain the complaints over the disappearance of people during Operation Silence in 2007 and register cases, police added.
All the five cases were registered on charge of PPC 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person).
Over the disappearance of Sahiba Khatoon, the police registered a case in response of a complaint lodged by her son Maulana Abdul Aziz, who sated that his mother was missing since July 10, 2007.
The second case was registered over the disappearance of Khalid Amin, in response of a complaint lodged by his brother Sajjad Ahmed, who stated that his brother was missing since July 7, 2007.
Three other cases were registered on Thursday over the disappearance including that of Mumraiz Khan, in response of a complaint lodged by his brother Munir Khan, a native of Murree.
According to the police the complainant said Mumraiz was a student of a religious seminary operating under Lal Masjid and during the operation he was inside the mosque. Since July 8, 2007 he was missing and all the efforts to trace his whereabouts remained unsuccessful.
It is to mention here that in all five complaints no one had been nominated. “Neither their dead bodies were found nor could their whereabouts be traced even after conducting the DNA tests of those who remained unidentified and were later buried at the H-11 graveyard,” a police officer told Dawn wishing anonymity.
In response, the police had registered separate reports and sent all the complaints to its prosecution department seeking guidance for further legal process, including registration of cases, the police said, adding, that the legal opinion from the department was still awaited.
According to the police report a total of 102 people were killed during the operation – 10 army men, one Rangers’ official, three civilians and 88 were those who fought against the state. However, police record shows no woman was killed in the operation.
Spokesman for the Lal Masjid Ihtisham Ahmed when contacted said they had a list of 24 persons who were missing during and after the operation.