Enforced disappearances: Commission received 861 new cases in two years

ISLAMABAD: The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances has said it received 861 new cases during the period of January 1, 2011 and February 28, 2013, taking the total number of such cases to 999.

Out of these 999 cases, 378 cases have been disposed off and 621 remain under investigation, a press release issued by the commission said.

It added that the commission was conducting regular proceedings in order to trace the ‘missing’ persons with assistance from the country’s law enforcement agencies.

The proceedings of the commission, comprising Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal and Muhammad Sharif Virk, were being held in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Quetta periodically, it said.

During the last month, proceedings were held in Islamabad and Lahore, during which whereabouts of 19 ‘missing’ persons were determined.