ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court will take up missing persons case after the gap of almost eight months from tomorrow (Monday). A three-member bench headed by Justice Javed Iqbal and comprising Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed would start hearing suo moto case on missing persons from January 10. In the last hearing on May 20, 2010, the court had directed the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Finance, Law and Justice and Human Rights to constitute a committee for the repatriation of Pakistanis languishing in the foreign jails. Chairperson of Defence of Human Right (DHR) and Public Service Pakistan, Amina Masood Janjua, told The Nation that due to interest, pressure and power of the Supreme Court, hundreds of missing persons were released in the past. The DHR gave more than 280 cases of missing persons to the Inquiry Commission, set up on the orders of the apex court, traced out 100 cases in eight months. She said although the ministry claimed that they had traced out 100 persons, yet they had failed to arrange meeting of the family members with the missing persons. She said that unfortunately the same policies were being followed and the process of picking up was still going on. Therefore more cases are being passed on to the Commission, hoping for release but unfortunately justice is still denied to them, she added. In April 2010, the apex court had decided to give Government a chance and therefore advised aggrieved families to cooperate with the Commission of Inquiry. Thus respecting the order of the SC the relatives of the forced disappeared started appearing before the Commission which was set up in National Crisis Management Cell under the control of the Ministry of Interior. The three-member commission including Justice (Retd) Kamal Mansoor Alam (President), Justice (Retd) Fazal-ur-Rehman (Member) and Justice (Retd) Nasira Iqbal (Member) held various meetings in Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Islamabad with the relatives of the missing persons. The mandate given to the commission was wide and powerful. The Commission no doubt tried its best, and especially the role of Convener Director Operation Fareed Khan is outstanding and appreciable in trying to make this Commission effective and efficient. However, it could not lessen the torture and grief of majority of the cases. Chronic cases remained untraced and unresolved. Many cases were simply rejected on the grounds of suspicion that they do not fall under the definition of enforced disappearance. Compensation or monthly aid programme could not be initiated for even a single case of the devastated families.