Supreme Court Issues Verdict in Missing Persons’ Case


Islamabad: Delivering the verdict in missing persons’ case, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has said that it has been proved that army took away 35 persons from Malakand detention center.

A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ameer Hani Muslim and Justice Jawad S Khawaja resumed the hearing of missing persons’ case on Tuesday and announced the verdict.

The verdict stated that the defence secretary had no direct information about the captivity of missing persons and that the authorities failed to implement the court’s order.

Earlier during hearing, Chief Justice summoned Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on immediate basis and said the court order has to be implemented, regardless of that what the consequences will be.

Acting Defence Secretary Arif Nazir and Attorney General Munir A Malik appeared in the court.

Upon the interrogation from Chief Justice, acting defence secretary told him that the due to serious security concerns the missing persons couldn’t be produced in the court.

On this, Chief Justice responded by now just 7 out of 35 people have been produced before the court and it seems that the government is not ready to comply with the court orders. He further remarked if they want to keep someone in their captivity, they should first bring in an ordinance.

On this occasion, the attorney general intervened that the government will present a bill regarding missing persons in the current Parliament session.

Responding to attorney general’s reply, Chief Justice said it means the prime minister among whole government is well aware of the matter.

The court also summoned acting IG-FC to the court on next hearing.