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Pakistan Supreme Court orders govt to produce 35 ‘missing persons’ in one week

Publication Date : 11-12-2013


The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the federal government to produce all the thirty five 'missing persons' before it in seven days.

The order, issued by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, also directed the federal government to take action against the persons involved in unlawful detention of citizens.

Hearing the case pertaining to the recovery of 35 'missing persons', the three-member bench said that the court’s earlier orders had not been implemented, which was unacceptable.

The apex court said that the recovery of the missing persons was the responsibility of the prime minister and his government, and said that the government should to stop unlawful detention of the citizens in the future.

The chief justice said that it had now been established that the military unlawfully took away 35 persons from the Malakand detention centre, but only seven of the 35 were presented.

The intelligence agencies or the police have no powers to carry out enforced disappearance or unlawful custody, the order stated.

The chief justice ordered the prime minister, the chief minister and governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to ensure the missing persons are recovered in one week.



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