Number of missing persons cases rose by 1,000 since 2011: Commission

Commission says it has disposed off 415 cases since January 2011.

APP June 18, 2013
Commission received 1,034 new casese between January, 2011 and June, 2013 . PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The problem of missing persons is not set to go away any time soon as new data revealed by a government commission on Tuesday showed that cases had shown a net increase.

The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances unveiled in a press release on Tuesday that in January, 2011, there were 138 cases of missing persons pending in the courts. This figure had jumped to 1,172 by June, 2013.

The Commission, comprising the former senior Justice of Supreme Court Justice Javed Iqbal and Muhammad Sharif Virk, managed to dispose off 415 cases during the 30 month period, with eight cases being solved in May 2013 alone.

It said that it is currently investigating the pending 757 cases with the help of law enforcement agencies with periodical hearings in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Quetta.


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