ISLAMABAD - Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali has remarked “we (court) cannot shut eyes to what the intelligence agencies are doing with the missing persons”. 

He gave these remarks while presiding over a 3-member bench of Supreme Court (SC) during the hearing of missing persons case on Monday.

Justice Jamali further remarked: “Intelligence agencies are found linked in every missing person case. The recovered persons are terrified in such a way that they don’t become ready to give statement. We cannot shut our eyes to what the intelligence agencies are doing with the missing persons. It will be better that legal proceedings be initiated in respect of the persons whosoever are held by any institution. Solid evidence is available in certain cases. However, non-recovery of missing persons is a tragedy. Police have also shut their eyes. As per its sweet will, any institution undertakes action in the limits of their police station and disappears and police remains hesitant in initiating any action.”

Justice Ejaz Afzal remarked: “The performance of joint investigation teams constituted in respect of the missing persons is nil. These have been set up as an eyewash. Their performance reflects that no missing person will be recovered.”

During the course of hearing, Additional Attorney General (AAG) Tariq Khokhar, Amna Masud Janjua and the police officers concerned appeared in the court.

The court took up Sajjadul Hassan missing person case. Report was presented in the court. Amna Masud Janjua said that application was also filed in 2012 that Sajjad case was an enforced disappearance case. Notice was issued to the advocate general Punjab.

The court said in its order the federation had given its report that intelligence agencies had denied they had picked him up.

The court ordered the police to recover Sajjadul Hassan within two weeks.

Saeed Ahmad was picked up from Karachi. The court ordered that he be recovered within two weeks.

In Attiqur Rehman missing person case, the court was informed some people in police uniform had picked him up. Report has been sought from police.

Tariq Khokhar informed the court the police report was incomplete. Directives have issued for investigating the matter. He has been lifted from petrol pump. Information has been collected from the petrol pump staff and owners.

The court was informed by the Punjab government that efforts are underway. The petrol pump is located at a distance of one kilometer from the police station.

Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali remarked something should have been done after police report. The intelligence agencies would have been contacted.

Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali remarked: “We cannot shut our eyes. Why the intelligence agencies are not giving this person. Witnesses be summoned, they be cross questioned and action be taken against the persons found responsible.”

About Abdul Wahid, another missing person, it was informed he is yet not recovered.

Tariq Khokhar told the court two persons were picked up by men in police uniform. Abdul Wasim and Usman Ghani were picked up from a petrol pump. As per witnessed, police was involved in this incident of Ferozwala.

The court asked SHO to file affidavits with reference to these persons as the incident occurred in the limits of his police station. “You are given two weeks time”, court told him.

The court noted in its order that people went missing near Ferozwala police station. “Action will be initiated against all police officers if this missing person is not recovered. Former SHO should file reply,” the court ordered.