ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Supreme Court of Pakistan, while rejecting government’s policy on missing persons, has ordered the government to devise a comprehensive policy regarding recovery of missing persons in 10 days. The court in its order said that the government should recover missing persons immediately.
Three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday conducted hearing of the petitions filed by the relatives of the missing persons.
Chief justice said that restricting liberty of any citizen is very sensitive matter. Chief Justice said that court is being forced to issue strict orders in the case.
Chief Justice said that no progress is being made for recovery of the missing persons. He said that court will ensure the rights of people according to the constitution.
The court said that objections are being raised on ISI and MI, adding that forces are our dignity and objections should not be raised against the forces. The court said that in future there should be no forced missing of the people.
Chief Justice said that the court came to know that people are not being looked after in the detention centers and the government should take this matter seriously.
Chief justice said that relatives of the missing persons including women and aged people have been moving to court for quite long time and the government should tell the people as to what is being done for their dear ones.
Chief Justice said that 504 people have been kept in detention centers and the problems of legacy are increasing day by day.
During the hearing, Director General Crime Management Authority Tariq Lodhi submitted the report pertaining to the government policy over the missing person issue. The court reviewed the report and said that the report contains mere verbose statements and it should be taken back.
The court said that comprehensive policy should be formed for resolving the issue of missing persons. The court said to the Attorney General that to submit the policy of the government on the next hearing.
The court said that it the duty of the government to protect rights of the citizens and the government should devise a appropriate policy and it should also be made clear in the policy that what steps the government is taking for recovery of the missing persons.
The Court, addressing the DG crimes, said that if the government has the same policy then he should come tomorrow and he should also bring missing persons along with him in the court.
The court said that if reasonable reply is not submitted in the court over the missing persons, the court would call the home secretary and all the cases would be handed over to the home ministry.
During the hearing, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja said that the case has been lingering on since 2005. Chief Justice said that when the court asks about any person, the reply is received that the person is not under their detention.
Chief Justice said that no progress is being made towards recovery of missing persons. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja said that the person should be presented in the court if there are any allegations against the person. He said that the relatives of the missing persons are saying that they should be informed about the crimes of the dear ones.
Justice Jawwad S Khawaja said that perhaps some people in the institutions are taking wrong steps. Chief Justice said that deputy attorney general should inform the government as to whether the government can recover the missing persons or not, adding that if the job is not done by the government, then the court would issue its order. Chief Justice said that the court appreciates the good works of the government.