Oct 202017

Woman journalist Zeenat Shehzadi, who was abducted from Lahore more than two years ago has been recovered, officials say. Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, who is heading the Commission for Missing Persons, confirmed Shehzadi’s recovery to BBC Urdu. The Lahore-based reporter was recovered from Pak-Afghan border on Wednesday night, he said, adding that some non-state actors and hostile intelligence agencies were involved in her disappearance. Missing rights activist Punhal Sario returns home The retired judge said tribal elders of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had assisted in the journalist’s recovery. According to human rights activist Hina Jilani, Shehzadi was traveling to her office on August 19, 2015 when armed men in two Corolla cars intercepted her rickshaw and abducted her. She was due to appear before the Commission for Missing Persons the next day. The post ‘Missing’ Lahore journalist Zeenat Shehzadi recovered after two years appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 112017

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…]

Aug 042017

HYDERABAD: A human rights activist who recently led a long march to Karachi for the recovery of missing persons has himself allegedly been subjected to enforced disappearance from Hyderabad. Punhal Sario, who heads Sindhi Hari Porhiyat Council and led the recently-formed Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh, was whisked away late on Thursday from outside the Sindhi Language Authority. Sario was ‘abducted’ a day before he was to host a conference in Hyderabad for the missing persons. Protest held against missing persons on Super Highway “Ten to 15 men in police commando uniforms stopped our car outside Sindh Museum. They asked Sario to step out, grabbed him, and pushed him inside a Toyota Vigo,” Dr Haresh Kumar, who was driving the car accompanied with Sario, told The Express Tribune. Javed Soz, head of the non-profit Sindh Community Foundation, said they were together at the cafe but left in separate cars to meet again at the residence of journalist Mahesh Kumar. According to him, Dr Kumar arrived alone at the journalist’s home and informed them that Sario was taken away. Missing persons matter referred to Senate HR panel Advocate Ali Palh, who represents Sindh Human Rights Defenders, a confederation formed for the protection of the rights workers and journalists, said police officials were immediately approached to help recover Sario. He said Hyderabad DIG Khadim Hussain Rind and SSP Amjad Baloch did not respond positively. “Today we called at Punhal Sario’s mobile number. The call connected but no one attended the phone. We told the [Read More…]

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