Committee on missing persons dissatisfied with commission's performance

By: News Desk
Published: 09:05 PM, 22 Sep, 2022
Committee on missing persons dissatisfied with commission's performance
Caption: A committee on enforced disappearance and missing persons met with Federal Law Minister Nazir Tarar in the chair.–File photo
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A committee on enforced disappearance and missing persons met with Federal Law Minister Nazir Tarar in the chair, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Thursday.

Federal ministers Rana Sanaullah, Agha Hassan Baloch and Shazia Atta Marri were among the participants of the meeting, according to a statement.

It added Justice (r) Javed Iqbal and the members of the commission on missing persons submitted a report to the committee that expressed dissatisfaction with the commission's performance.

The committee asked the commission to submit a written report of the last ten years, and especially of the last four years.

Justice (r) Javed Iqbal rejected the charges of harassment of women, the statement said, adding that an in-camera meeting will also be called if the proceedings regarding the harassment allegations.

Last month, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif appeared in the Islamabad High Court in a case regarding missing persons.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah observed there was no use in forming committees for the recovery of missing persons, and it was the country’s chief executive who was primarily responsible if any citizen went missing.

“There are some serious governing issues in the country. But these will be resolved only when the constitution is followed.

“There cannot be state within a state. There is no big issue than that of involuntary disappearances since these are a blatant violation of the constitution.”

The CJ, however, praised the prime minister for taking time out of his busy schedule and appearing in court.

The prime minister said he was alive to the gravity of the situation. “Although I have had a busy schedule since I have to visit flood-affected areas. But appearing in the court is my duty,” he asserted.

He told the court that the government had formed a committee for the purpose, which held several meetings as well. “From now on I will head that committee and submit to the court report as well,” he said and assured the court that the report would not be without a substance.