More 64 missing persons lifted by agencies traced in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: More 64 missing persons among those who have allegedly been lifted forcibly by intelligence agencies and different law enforcement agencies all over the country have been traced. Commission on missing persons led by Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal has made a mammoth achievement by tracing 3398 missing persons during the last seven years through prudence and farsightedness. Unfortunately myriads of tormenting and heart rending incidents of kidnapping of suspected persons by investigation and intelligence agencies in the name of interrogation and keeping them in their illegal custody at interrogations centers and unknown destinations have come to open during last decade across the country.
According to interior ministry record as many as 5290 cases have been registered so far with them and 77 cases among them were registered only in the month of July. About 1828 cases of missing persons are still lying with the commission on missing persons whose relatives are praying for their safety and recovery. The most affected province in perspective of missing persons is KP where thousands of youths went missing all of a sudden.
Most of the missing persons who were recovered in the month of July 2018 hail from KP. Pakistan economic hub Karachi comes second in the backdrop of missing persons cases. 17 cases of missing persons from Karachi were unearthed during the month of July 2018. Cases of missing persons in large number have been registered in South Punjab. 12 among them were detected in the last month. Those who have been traced include 3 persons from Islamabad, 5 from Balochistan and one from AJK. As per record the commission on missing persons scrutinized and heard overall 537cases of missing persons last month. 204 cases from Islamabad, 169 in respect of Karachi, 73 Lahore and 91 cases from Quetta were taken up for hearing.
The commission has forwarded its final report to interior ministry, ministry of law and justice, ministry of human rights, ministry of defence and heads of intelligence bureau, ISI AND MI, chief secretaries off our provinces and Supreme Court. The untiring efforts made by commission in tracing missing persons were lauded by the people and government at large therefore; the former cabinet had extended its tenure for three years more. The high level sources privy to commission have told daily Morning Mail that neither the commission has powers nor has it financial resources. One among the two members of commission is retired judge of high court who is being paid monthly salary at the rate of Rs 7 lac being retired judge of high court.
The second member who is retired IG is being paid salary amounting to Rs 1.25 lac per month only. Sources said due to personal efforts of commission chairman Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal, a retired judge of supreme court and presently serving as chairman NAB missing persons are being traced otherwise this job was next to impossible. The sources told Morning Mail if commission is delegated more powers and provided more resources then the job entrusted to it can be done in more effective way and the country will have not to face such situation after two or three years too in future.