Recommendations for lawmakers: Commission on missing persons finalises report

Commission will be recommending necessary legislation in laws dealing with missing persons.

Zahid Gishkori December 30, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The commission of inquiry on enforced disappeared (CIED) is set to present its final report to Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani by the end of this week, recommending necessary legislation in laws dealing with missing persons, it has been learnt.

The commission was formulated by the government on May 10, 2010 with Justice (retd) Kamal Mansoor Alam as chairman of the commission while Justice (retd) Fazul-ur-Rehman and Justice (retd) Nasira Iqbal are other members.

“The commission, after detailed deliberations, has suggested in its findings to the government to amend the laws empowering law enforcement agencies in dealing with terrorists, pursuing the cases of missing persons in the state,” source close to the development told The Express Tribune.

Justice (retd) Nasira Iqbal confirmed that the report has been finalised.

“It’s a secret report comprising of findings of intelligence agencies,” she said, adding “the Prime Minister has the authority to make it public.”

The commission has so far disposed of some 250 cases in which 116 missing persons were traced.

According to interior ministry officials, some seven traced persons belong to Islamabad while as many as 37 traced persons belong to Punjab.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 30th, 2010.

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Khalid Aziz | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend Is a new legislation a good idea? Well, surely yes, but who will implement the law to change the behaviour of "above the law" establishment? Proceedings of JIT for Benazir's assassination is one example, where JIT was stopped to question the "holy cows". We can not even investigate the assassination of an ex-prime minister and the most prominent leader of our times, what to talk of ordinary missing persons? Facts are facts- is there anyone around, having enough courage, to call a spade, a spade or people's power will always remain compromised in the land of the pure?
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