Missing persons case: 1,330 persons detained in internment centers, SC told

Published: May 2, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: Additional Attorney General (AAG) Sajid Ilyas Bhatti submitting an interim report in the missing persons’ case on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that 1,330 people have been detained in an internment centers.

The three-judge bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, was also informed that 253 internees have also been released.

The bench then inquired whether proceedings have been initiated against the center to which the AAG requested the bench to give two weeks for submitting complete details.

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Justice Khan remarked that heirs of these missing persons are helpless and they approach the courts and the commission for help.

Lawyer Inaamur Raheem, counsel for the missing persons, stated that the security establishment is neither submitting the report before the top court nor is it serious in complying with orders.

Raheem lamented the future of the case saying: “After your [Justice Khan’s] retirement, the families of the missing persons will approach Manzoor Pashteen for help.” The lawyer also added that East Pakistan disintegrated when people started to disappear.

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The bench also sought the internment order in the case of Taseef who is missing since 2013.

Raheem also submitted the case of Arshed Bilal who was handed down the death penalty by a military court, but has been missing since 2011 when he was a juvenile. The court directed Raheem to approach the LHC.

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