SC seeks details of missing persons cases

The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the federal and provincial inspectors general of police to submit record containing all details of registration of criminal cases falling in the category of missing persons.

A four-judge bench of Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed and Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa resumed hearing of a number of missing persons’ cases.

Justice Javed Iqbal observed that they would conduct proceedings on old cases and would give priority in taking up the cases in which evidence was available.

Additional Attorney General KK Agha apprised the bench that they were considering to constitute a sub-tribunal for recovery of the missing persons.

Justice Javed Iqbal told him that they might constitute such tribunal but the apex Court would continue hearing of instant cases.

Amna Masood Janjua of Defence of Human Rights said that they did not want litigation against sensitive agencies but wanted early recovery of missing persons.

She also expressed her reservation over the functioning of the Commission and said that the grievances of relatives of missing persons had increased.

Further hearing was adjourned till February 8.

The bench is seized with hearing of a number of missing persons cases filed by Defence of Human Rights, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and former senator Farhatullah Babar.