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Authorities Ordered to Produce Missing Persons in Seven Days

Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday delivered the verdict in missing persons’ case and ordered the concerned authorities to produce the missing persons before court in seven days.

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 today and announced the verdict.

The court in its verdict directed the authorities to take stern action against those involved in the secret detention of people and introduce legislation to evade such activities in future. It also ordered prime minister, chief ministers and governors to take measures for the release of missing persons.

The verdict stated that it has been proved that army took away 35 persons from Malakand detention center, adding neither intelligence agencies nor police has the authority to forcibly detain anyone.

The court verdict stated that defence secretary had no direct information about the captivity of missing persons and he was rather taking instructions from concerned quarters, which include armed and other forces who reports to defence secretariat.

The verdict further stated that prime minister was well-aware of the matter, and if federal and provincial government conducted the probe, the army officers who took away the detainees from imprisonment centers could be brought to the dock.

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 missing persons couldn’t be produced in the court due to serious security concerns the

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.

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

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