UN team on missing persons arrives today

Published: September 10, 2012
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Delegates will meet political leaders, govt officials, activists during 10-day visit. DESIGN: SIDRAH MOIZ KHAN

Delegates will meet political leaders, govt officials, activists during 10-day visit. DESIGN: SIDRAH MOIZ KHAN

ISLAMABAD: A two-member mission of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) is set to arrive in Pakistan on Monday (today). The visit follows an invitation extended to the working group by the government of Pakistan.

The mission, comprising WGEID Chair-Rapporteur Olivier de Frouville and working group member Osman el Hajjé, will be accompanied by members from the secretariat of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

During their 10-day mission, the team will tour all provincial headquarters, meeting political leaders, government officials, civil society organisations and human rights activists to gather information on cases of enforced disappearances in the country. The experts will analyse and review measures adopted by Pakistan to eradicate the practice, including issues related to truth, justice and reparation for victims.

While this is the first time any UN team on missing persons visited Pakistan, two high-profile visits by UN human rights experts were paid in the last four months to discuss the agenda for the mission.

Earlier in June, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay visited Pakistan. She had a detailed discussion with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and interacted with human rights activists and civil society organisations in the country. Her visit was preceded by the special rapporteur on the Independence of judges and lawyers Gabriela Knaul’s visit in May.

It should be noted that a day ahead of the mission’s arrival Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry warned intelligence and security officials to improve their work and conduct.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 10th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • vasan
    Sep 10, 2012 - 11:54AM

    Pl ensure that the UN team does not become part of “Missing persons”

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Sep 10, 2012 - 1:21PM

    Very unfortunate and complete failure of Pakistan Mission at the UN. Why are they sleeping of missing persons in Kashmir where hundreds of graves found without any identification. UN is biased towards Pakistan and God forbid they can ask the Govt to deploy peace force in Balochistan. Allah save this nation from inept coalition rulers.

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  • butt jee
    Sep 10, 2012 - 2:31PM

    Poor show. Why did the Government of Pakistan allow the UN mission to visit Pakistan when own Supreme Court is already ceased with the problem of missing persons. It is not only a disrespect to own institution but it will also provide an opportunity to anti Pakistan elements to malign Pakistan.

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  • S K Afridi
    Sep 10, 2012 - 2:32PM

    @vasan:
    UN delegation is not visiting Kashmir that it will disappear in thin air.

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  • Lala Gee
    Sep 10, 2012 - 4:17PM

    “The visit follows an invitation extended to the working group by the government of Pakistan.”

    Another attempt of the Pakistan “Peoples” Party to bring the Pak-Army under pressure. During their 4.5 years rule, the current government didn’t do a single thing to address the Balochistan problems nor enacted any anti-terrorism laws which would have enable the security forces to deal with the rampant terrorism in a lawful manner. Perhaps this inaction was a deliberate sinister strategy of PPP to keep the army entangled in Balochistan and elsewhere while plundering the national resources unabated.

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  • vasan
    Sep 10, 2012 - 5:17PM

    SK Afridi : Yeah, that is why millions of Indians have been flocking to Kashmir during the last one year. May be the UN team will take an enjoyable break in Kashmir after their strenuous trip to Balochistan and Pakistan. All their strain will evaporate and they will feel like as if they have evaporated into thin air.

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  • Nabeel
    Sep 10, 2012 - 5:37PM

    And so the end game begins…

    WMD for Iraq – UN Commission
    Missing Persons for Pakistan – UN Commission

    End result – internationalisation of a issue and the repercussions of which Pakistanis will have to live with for ever – the dissection of the state into more manageable components and all the while the civilian leaders fill their overseas bank accounts and the military leaders… What military leaders?

    We know the real motives of the former groups of cronies, but the latter? They may as well and sit at home..Recommend

  • tauqir
    Sep 12, 2012 - 10:58PM


    Tauqir Sadiq ex Chairman OGRA challenged the Chief Justice of Pakistan and his close judges in UN on the ground that they are making false cases and involved in politics and persecution

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

    Dear all,
    Please find enclosed herewith my complaint with United Nations wherein instances of violations of Human rights have been mentioned. Few important things are mentioned hereunder:
    1. That the Supreme Court judges are persecuting.
    2. They are ordered my second trial in Dewan Petroleum case.
    3. They are publicly raising allegation of 52 billion misappropriation which does not exist at all.
    4. Now they have gone to 82 Billion in a case in which courts have passed the orders in favour of parties including Chief Justice of Pakistan.
    5. CJ has ordered to recover 82 Billion from me without holding trial or any evidence(False Case made by Supreme Court judges). Violation of human rights that no one can be punished without trial. Statement of Chief justice in daily newspapers of 17-5-2012 and 8-8-2012 showing that the amount to be recoverable is proved.
    6. I have been directed to give back the salary earned for the work done without telling me my fault. An attempt to deprive me from my right to earn for living.

    This shall be interesting study of human rights violations by the Honorable judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The highest forum responsible for protection of human rights.
    Please help me in condemning the violations.
    For any question please contact me on my email address.

    Regards

    Tauqir Sadiq
    ex Chairman OGRA Pakistan, Islamabad.

    note: Copy of complete petition attached

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