Enforced disappearances: Govt, agencies to submit report on missing persons

SC rejects Balochistan government’s initiatives on curbing violence; adjourns hearing till May 2.


Our Correspondent May 01, 2012

QUETTA:


While politicians claim that there are 47 cases of enforced disappearances in Balochistan, relatives of 62 missing persons appeared before the Supreme Court bench here on Monday.


While hearing their pleas, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary asked the provincial government to submit a comprehensive report on the matter after consulting intelligence agencies and security forces.

The treasury bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Justice Tariq Pervez and Justice Arif Khilji, was hearing a case on the deteriorating law and order situation in the province.

Home Secretary Nasebullah Bazai submitted a report on the initiatives taken by the Balochistan government to curtail lawlessness. But the report failed to satisfy the bench.  “Police stations and checkpoints are increasing, but we do not see any improvement in law and order. Even the police are not safe,” the chief justice remarked.

Missing persons presented in court 

The relatives of missing persons, mostly elderly women and men, appeared before the court and enlisted 62 names of missing people. The relatives accused the Frontier Corps (FC) and intelligence agencies for abducting their loved ones. “My son has been missing for three years,” a 70-year-old woman said, breaking into tears before the court.

Owing to the sensitivity of the matter, the chief justice said his court will focus on the missing persons issue during its hearing in Quetta. “If there is an administrative issue then the government should register cases against the accused. This practice of enforced disappearances and recovery of mutilated bodies is fueling hatred,” he said.

Another elderly woman appeared and said three people of her family were abducted from Killi Ismail on April 12 last year. She said she had lodged an FIR, but no progress was made.

The court directed the police to recover all three members of her family and bring them before the court.  The court was also informed that a man, identified as Khaliq, and his son were whisked away a couple of days earlier.

The bench further directed the Deputy Commissioner and Tehsildar Baghabna to produce nine people who were abducted from Tutak area in Khuzdar district on February 18.

Sajid Tareen Advocate lodged an application in court stating that earlier three people, including the sons of local tribal elder Sardar Ahmed Ali Qalandarni, were whisked away from Tutak area. Tareeen said that a few days later over 24 people were whisked away from the same area. Nine people are still missing, while others were freed after remaining in captivity for a few days.

The court summoned Deputy Commissioner Khuzdar Tariqur Rehman and Tehsildar Baghbana and warned that if the nine men are not produced before the next date of hearing, the commissioner and tehsildar will be arrested.

Tehsildar Sardar Ali Ahmed Qalandrani, whose sons are also missing, was present in court but he refrained from spoeaking. “He will not say anything because there is hope that his sons may be recovered soon,” one of his relatives told The Express Tribune.

“The reality is surfacing and more relatives will appear if hearings are held in Quetta on a monthly basis,” Voice for Baloch Missing Persons Chairperson Nasurllah Baloch said.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2012.

COMMENTS (1)

baloch lover | 9 years ago | Reply

It is very important to recover the missing persons but it is essential to know that who had taken them. Moreover, CJ must listen to non Baluchis victims also as the case is inter related and he must explain the baluchis that they cannot live in isolation. The fear of being turn into minority is unfounded as the example of Canada, Dubai and Austrailia is front of us who are rehabilitating a lot of outsiders without fear. The Baluchis unfounded belief is being spawn by foreign powers which will exploit them later. It is time for Baluchistan to open up for their own good, mentally and economically. Just remember that CJ has asked where billions of rupees went which were given to Baluchi's representatives so old story of exploiting Baluchis should clear up that who is doing it, outsiders or Baluchis own representatives.

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