IHC states ‘enforced disappearances seem to be the state’s policy’

The IHC, during a hearing of the case pertaining to the recovery of journalist Mudassir Naaru and other missing persons, the IHC chief justice said the state cannot disappear anyone and it’s an established fact.

The Islamabad High Court further stated on Monday that the presence of internment centres in the country gives an impression that forcibly disappearing people is a policy of the state.

The IHC also sought the TORs for the commission concerning the recovery of Naaru and other missing persons.

The court directed that the commission submit its report at the next hearing and the attorney general appear before the bench for final arguments in the case. The case has been adjourned till Febuary 28.

During the hearing, Additional Attorney General Qasim Wudood said the state had no such policy and added that at least 800 people were missing in Pakistan.

CJ Athar Minallah added it was the duty of the state to protect its citizens but in hindsight, it seemed that the state itself was responsible for disappearing dissidents.

However, Counsel Inam Rahim contested the claim and said at least 2,252 people are missing and the bodies of 221 missing persons have been handed over to their families.

“It was the responsibility of the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances to investigate these disappearances,” the counsel said during the hearing.

AAG Wudood said the cabinet will meet on Tuesday and added that the defence secretary has forwarded the case of Maira Sajid to the cabinet.

“I told the secretary to forward this case to the cabinet,” he said, adding that a committee comprising the defence secretary and other government officials had been formed.

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