SC petition calls for NAP enforcement

Govt along with other relevant parties named as respondents

Our Correspondent April 24, 2024
The Supreme Court of Pakistan. PHOTO: APP/FILE


A petition seeking the implementation of the National Action Plan was lodged in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with the federal and provincial governments, along with the interior ministry, and other relevant parties, named as respondents.

Nawabzada Jamal Raisani, Patron-in-Chief of Balochistan Martyrs Forum filed the petition through Advocate Hafiz Ehsan Khokhar and urged immediate implementation of police reforms and measures to combat terrorism.

The petition specifically calls for the immediate initiation of police reforms. It also sought prompt decisions on all pending terrorism cases across various courts.

Additionally, Raisani in his petition implored the federal and provincial authorities to adopt measures in line with international standards to ensure the protection of witnesses and prosecution.

The petition advocates for the provision of free education to the children of martyrs - and security for their families. It also emphasized the necessity of preventive measures to curb the propagation of terrorism via social media platforms.

Raisani pleaded for legal action against individuals who falsely label terrorists as missing persons for propagandist purposes.

Such actions, he argued, not only distort the reality but also undermine efforts to combat terrorism effectively.

The apex court had directed the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances to submit - within ten days - a comprehensive report detailing all orders issued to law enforcement agencies for the production of missing persons, earlier this year on January 3.

On January 11, the federal cabinet approved the reconstitution of its committee on missing persons headed by the law minister.

The Sindh High Court (SHC) had mandated the use of modern technology and the posting of images on social media to recover the missing persons.

On February 28, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) formed a committee comprising heads of three top spy agencies of the country on the issue of missing Baloch students.


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