Missing persons cases: Inquiry commission calls for arrest of military officers

Published: June 19, 2013

Recommends filing criminal cases against 117 LEA officials. DESIGN: SIDRAH MOIZ KHAN

ISLAMABAD: 

The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (CIED) has recommended filing criminal cases against some 117 serving officials of law enforcement agencies allegedly involved in missing persons’ cases.

Officials familiar with the development told The Express Tribune on Tuesday that these officials are currently serving in the police, Frontier Constabulary, Frontier Corps, Intelligence Bureau and Inter Services Intelligence. Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal is heading the commission which is currently dealing with some 757 pending cases of missing persons.

“The commission in its final report, which comprised 400 pages, has directed the interior and defence ministries to lodge criminal cases against some 117 officials of secret agencies, police and FC,” said a senior official associated with the CIED. Around 415 of the 1,172 cases were disposed of by the commission, while the remaining 757 cases are still pending with the CIED.

The official added that it seemed difficult for the CIED to proceed with the rest of the cases due to the unavailability of evidence.

Sharing a few details of the proposed report that is likely to be submitted to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif soon, an official told The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity that the commission recommended immediate arrest of close to a dozen senior serving military officials allegedly involved in the cases of enforced disappearances.

Acting on the recommendations of Deputy Inspector General Police, Feroz Shah, the CIED suggested arresting serving brigadiers, majors, a subedar and two Ghaza Band Scouts, he added. It advised the arrest of Brigadier Aurangzeb Bangash for the alleged abduction of Abdul Malik in Noshki and Brigadier Naeem for the alleged abduction of Abdul Ghafoor Mengal in Khuzdar city, both in Balochistan.

Similarly, the CIED recommended the arrest of Major Bilal and Major Asfand Yar at Levies headquarters in Pishin for the abduction of Teela Muhammad. It also suggested the arrest of Major Moheen for the abduction of Ali Hasan from Wadh, Khuzdar, Major Saif for the abduction of Takari Abdul Wahid and Dad Muhammad of Dasht Marow.

It also sought the arrest of Subedar Momin Khan for the abduction of Shams Baloch from Sariab road in Quetta and Abdul Waheed alias Multani, Syed Rasool and Logeri of the 73 Wing of Ghaza Band Scouts, Quetta for their involvement in enforced disappearances.

Furthermore, it recommended the arrest of six FC officials who were wanted in abduction cases.

Registrar CIED, Parvez Ahmed, confirmed to The Express Tribune that the commission has recommended filing the cases against serving officials of law enforcement agencies. He, however, said: “I cannot tell the exact number but it is true that the CIED recommended filing of cases against law enforcement agencies officials.”

Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2013.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Ricky
    Jun 19, 2013 - 9:55AM

    It is about time those waging a war on the civilian population be brought to justice. Justice delayed is justice denied.

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  • sgrr
    Jun 19, 2013 - 10:16AM

    Is it official disclosure of the report or just based on rumors?

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  • Khalid Pathan
    Jun 19, 2013 - 11:21AM

    It is now up to the Chief Justice of Apex Court to ensure that the recommendation/recommendations, of the Commission on missing persons be implemented without any further delay. Justice delayed is justice denied.

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  • yasin
    Jun 19, 2013 - 1:08PM

    How this will happen when under the army act the military personnal are immune from police custody and interogation, they cannot be tried in any court of law even the supreme court has no jurisdiction in this regard. Like other civilized nations, we should now end this supermacy and bring the army persons wthin the ambit of country’s civil laws,and civil courts,otherwise justice will be a dream and people will continue to be forceably missed and abducted.

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  • waseem sarwar
    Jun 19, 2013 - 1:12PM

    Do it, for God sake, do it. For Pakistan , arrest them.

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  • Farrukh
    Jun 19, 2013 - 3:46PM

    Does this commission suggests any arrest from terrorist sides or only army personnels..if u have answer of this question, u will be clear of motives of these type of commissions…

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  • A J Khan
    Jun 19, 2013 - 5:05PM

    Victory for bad guys one again.

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  • Insaan
    Jun 19, 2013 - 5:29PM

    @Farrukh: Does this commission suggests any arrest from terrorist sides or only army personnels.

    No one should be above the law. If some one has committed a crime they should be tried in the court of law and punished. These killers are terrorists in uniform, with no fear of law.

    Government should protect people involved in “commission of Inquiry”.

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  • ex taliban supporter
    Jun 19, 2013 - 5:50PM

    moon market blast in lahore changed my views about taliban and attack on ziarat residency changed my view on missing persons

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  • Anti Criminals
    Jun 19, 2013 - 9:28PM

    A notorious police officer ask for arrest of Military Officers and commission approves it. Will it be digested by the Patriots. No Never. You may have your way till Nov 2013, but not beyond that.

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  • Sohaib
    Jun 22, 2013 - 7:50PM

    Job well done honorable Supreme Court, BUT the job is half done till ‘honorable’ judges start hanging TTP, LEJ & BLA terrorists who were arrested by our agencies and were released by ‘honorable’ judiciary.
    STOP defaming and demoralizing Pak Afwaj who are fighting with enemies of the state and sacrificing their lives on daily basis.

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