SC orders submission of details of cases registered against missing persons


ISLAMABAD (INP): Ordering the commission formed on missing persons to submit details of the cases registered against all missing persons by next Tuesday, the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday disposed of the petitions filed by the federal government against the Islamabad High Court (IHC) orders after the latter said it was withdrawing these petitions.

During the hearing of missing persons’ case, the apex court also directed the commission to provide to the attorney general of Pakistan (AGP) all production orders.

The court also directed the AGP to inform the court what the government’s stance was on these orders.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Qazi Faez Isa said that it was not possible to go ahead with the hearing today since there was a meeting of the judicial commission on the judges of the Peshawar High Court (PHC).

The CJP remarked that had the PTI played its part in the recovery of missing persons when it was in power, it would not have been facing the situation it was facing today.

He said that journalist Matiullah Jan’s disappearance case was a documented one.

Disagreeing with PTI’s lawyer Advocate Shoaib Shaheen’s statement that Mati had been recovered in a day due to intervention by the PTI government while another journalist Imran Riaz, who had been kidnapped under the last coalition government, remained missing for four months, the CJP said, “No, that is not true. You are perhaps mistaken. Truth of the matter is that a CCTV camera had captured those moments when he was being whisked away which ultimately forced the authorities to set him free. If you have any proof to support your argument that the PTI’s government played the role in the release of the journalist, please make it part of the record.”

Advocate Shaheen said that the video of Imran Riaz’s kidnapping was also recorded.

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