SC orders to recover missing persons within two weeks

QUETTA: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday ordered Frontier Corps (FC) personnel, police and intelligence agencies to recover missing persons within two weeks’ time.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry heard the case pertaining to the Balochistan unrest case at the Supreme Court’s Quetta registry on Tuesday.

During the hearing, the Chief Justice remarked that there was no progress in the missing persons’ case other than mere assurances for their recovery.

Meanwhile, Additional Attorney General Habibullah Shakir informed the bench that the missing persons would be recovered soon, upon which the CJ Justice Iftikhar said there was no progress in their recovery during the past three years.

The bench said unlawful detention of a person was a violation of human rights, adding that FC and other intelligence agencies had evidence of at least 70 missing people.

Justice Jawad S. Khawaja said there were records of at least 506 people in custody of government agencies. He added that if any one of them was a criminal, they should be tried as per the law.

The bench expressed hope that the new Inspector General Frontier Corps (IGFC) chief might be able to produce better results.

The court gave police, FC persons and other intelligence agencies two weeks’ time for the recovery of missing persons.

Later the court adjourned the hearing of the case for two weeks.