ISLAMABAD - Confirming the arrival of a high-level UN delegation in Pakistan in connection with the missing persons issue, the world body on Thursday announced the launch of 10-day official mission of the UN experts on enforced disappearances, starting from Sept 10th.This would be the third visit of the UN human rights experts in less than four months. Earlier on May 19th, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Gabriela Knaul had arrived here on a 10-day fact finding mission. Her visit was followed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay who landed in Islamabad on June 4th on a four-day visit.To be headed by Olivier de Frouville, the Chair-Rapporteur at United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), the two-member mission would include Osman El-Hajj, the WGEID member, UN said. The mission would also be accompanied by the members of the Secretariat of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), The upcoming visit (September 10-20), the Working Group’s first ever in Pakistan, follows an invitation from the Pakistani government.Informed UN officials said, the Working Group experts would hold background meetings with Pakistan’s military leadership including the spymasters at the military intelligence agencies to get the necessary information regarding missing persons in the backdrop of the alleged involvement of these institutions in the enforced disappearances of the civilians.In February this year, a WGEID’s annual report on Pakistan had voiced concern over the abductions of the civilians at the hands of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) in Balochistan and elsewhere.During her visit here, the UN Special Rapporteur Gabriel Knaul had commended the role of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in taking up what she described as the gross-human rights violations in Balochistan concerning missing persons and allegedly committed by the Pakistan’s military intelligence agencies. The UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay had also categorically voiced her concern over human rights abuses in Pakistan and the role of the country’s ‘largely unaccountable’ military intelligence agencies in this regard.“I heard of many instances in which the abductions, killings and intimidation of journalists, human rights defenders and lawyers are alleged to have been carried out by powerful and largely unaccountable State institutions, especially the military intelligence services - The issue of disappearances in Balochistan has become a focus for national debate, international attention and local despair, and I encourage a really determined efforts by the government and judiciary to investigate and resolve these cases,” Pillay had said on the conclusion of her visit to Pakistan.The UN experts will gather information on the cases of enforced disappearances pending before the Working Group, according to an official statement. They will also study the measures adopted by the State to prevent and eradicate enforced disappearances, including issues related to truth, justice and reparation for the victims of enforced disappearances, the statement said.Talking to The Nation from Geneva, the WGEID member and independent UN expert Osman El-Hajj said, the Working Group’s Pakistan mission would focus on acquiring firsthand information about the enforced or involuntary disappearances.“The United Nations Human Rights Council and independent HR experts have shared with concern an increase in the number of enforced or involuntary disappearances in Pakistan. On the basis of the humanitarian and monitoring mandates entrusted to the Working Group by the Human Rights Council, the group aims at assisting families in determining the fate and whereabouts of their disappeared relatives who are placed outside the protection of the law and ensuring States compliance with their obligations deriving from the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances,” he said quoting the provisions of WGEID mandate. The UN officials said, the experts would share their preliminary findings about mission to Pakistan at the 14th session of the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Working Group, to be held in Geneva on October 22, 2012. Pakistan’s human rights record, alongwith that of 13 other States, would be examined in the said session.The WGEID will visit various parts of the country and meet with State officials, both at the Federal and provincial levels, as well as with representatives of civil society organisations, relatives of disappeared persons and representatives of relevant UN agencies. A final report on the mission will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in 2013, the UN statement said.