ISLAMABAD - Federal Interior Ministry on Thursday providing the details of the missing persons before the Upper House of the Parliament informed that there were total 1,082 missing persons in the country while total number of cases of enforced disappearances being heard by the superior judiciary is 1,428.
Responding to a question of PPP lawmaker Dr Karim Ahmed Khawaja about the number of missing persons in the country reported since 2001, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan through his written reply informed the house that net number of missing persons was 1,082.
Giving the details, the interior ministry said that the number of persons in the Commission of Inquiry of Enforced Disappearances as on 27th November, 2013 is 1,428 while duplication cases (those under process in the commission and in Supreme Court and high courts) is 346. Thus, the net number of cases of missing persons is 1082.
The house was informed that Supreme Court was hearing 304 cases of missing persons while number of missing persons in Lahore High Court was 14, in Sindh High Court 174, in Peshawar High Court 101 and the number was 22 in Balochistan High Court.
Likewise the number of cases of enforced disappearances being heard by the commission is 813. So, the total number of such cases being heard by the superior judiciary is 1482.
The Upper House was told that provincial governments, the government of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ& K) as well as Gilgit-Baltistan and Islamabad Capital territory Administration (ICT) had been requested to provide the number of mutilated bodies recovered in the country since 2001. Nil report has been received form inspector general of police (IGP) Gilgit-Baltistan while reports from remaining are awaited, the interior ministry said in his reply.
Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari expressed his dissatisfaction on this part of the reply and warned the bureaucracy to avoid the same in future.