First meeting of the federal task force on missing persons to be held on July 29

Islamabad, July 25 2013 (PPI-OT): The first meeting of the Federal Task Force on “Missing Persons” will be held in the Ministry of Interior on July 29, 2013. Senior officers of the provincial governments relating to the Home Departments, IGP’s, Chief Commissioner ICT and officials from the intelligence agencies shall attend, besides the representatives from Ministries of Law and Defence .

The issue of “Missing Persons” came to light in 2006 when the Supreme Court of Pakistan took Suo moto action in the case of the missing persons including Masood Janjua and others. The number of cases in Supreme Court thereby increased and in 2010 a Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances headed by a former Judge of Supreme Court was constituted, which submitted its report on December 31, 2010.

The Second Commission was constituted in March, 2011 and was headed by a former senior judge of the Supreme Court Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal.

In the last hearing held in Supreme Court on July 23, 2013, the Apex Court directed that the Government policy on “Missing Persons” should be furnished to the Court in shortest possible time. Next date of hearing has been fixed for August 2, 2013.

The Federal Task Force on “Missing Persons” was constituted recently to formulate a National Policy, to monitor the progress and to coordinate efforts of stake holders working on the issue.

The Task Force is being headed by Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Interior and comprises Home Secretaries of four provinces, Additional Attorney General, Member Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances, Additional IG’s of the Special Branches of four provinces, Additional Chief Secretaries and others.

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Haji Ahmed Malik
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