ISLAMABAD: There is a need for new legislation to enable authorities to hold someone responsible for enforced disappearances. At the same time, the extent of the issue is being confused by activists such as Mama Qadeer, who could not back up his claims regarding the number of missing persons. These were among the comments made by Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances head Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal on Wednesday. He was sharing details of the committee’s performance before the Senate’s Standing Committee on Human Rights. Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM) Nasreen Jalil chaired the meeting. PHC seeks reports of 10 missing persons every week “Despite challenges, we have disposed of 2,899 cases out of a total of 4,329 cases received by the commission… We are currently processing 1,386 cases,” he said. A host of problems, he said, could be resolved if the parliament modified relevant sections the Criminal Procedures Code. Parliament, he said, should play a proactive role by empowering the committee. Nobody, he pointed out, had asked former president Pervez Musharraf when he extradited more than 2,000 Pakistanis to foreign countries despite the fact that the country had terrorism laws and regulations. “This is not a banana republic … Nobody has bothered to … hold him accountable for what he did,” he said. Missing persons details to be given in three days He also lamented that he was being blamed for not making the Abbottabad Commission Report public. “Only the government and the parliament can decide to make it public,” he [Read More…]
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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GUJRANWALA: On the order of an additional sessions judge, a bailiff on Monday recovered two policemen from the illegal confinement of Satellite Town police. The bailiff raided the police station and recovered policemen Azhar Iqbal and Abdul Jabbar from the illegal confinement. The bailiff produced them before the judge, who released them and summoned the SHO and the Moharrar today. The SHO submitted that both policemen were wanted in a motorcycle theft case and the bailiff conducted a raid before the process of registering an FIR. The action was taken on a petition of Javed Iqbal, who alleged that police had illegally arrested the two policemen.
The federal government has appointed Javed Iqbal, a career policeman, as chairman of State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan, the largest life insurance player in the country, with immediate effect.
Iqbal has served as inspector general of Punjab police and his most recent assignment was in the ministry of interior. He assumed charge at the state-owned insurance company on Monday.
Sources say Iqbal is set to retire within three months. However, his appointment depends on the outcome of a petition that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz filed in the Supreme Court on Monday, challenging the appointments and transfers on key posts in state-owned organisations by the caretaker government.
State Life recorded unprecedented growth in first-year and renewal business during former chairman Shahid Aziz Siddiqi’s five-year tenure, which ended prematurely on May 6 with the sudden termination of his contract.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2013.
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