KARACHI - The Sindh government has finally decided to address the issue of missing persons belonging to Sindh and started working out to trace them. The provincial government would also contact the federal interior ministry to get complete details with exact number about the missing persons as a task force under the chairmanship of provincial home secretary has been established to work out in this regard, informed sources told The Nation on Monday. Sources said that on the directives of Chief Secretary Sindh, Fazalur Rehman, a task force under the chairmanship of home secretary, Arif Ahmed Khan, had been established for tracing out missing persons including Dr Aafia Siddiqui, and to submit comprehensive reply based on correct, accurate and verified information to satisfy the families of missing persons. They said that the first meeting of the committee was held some days back to start the process and reviewing cases of the missing persons. Khan informed the participants of the meeting about the directives of the interior ministry regarding missing persons. He expressed that arrest of any person by any agency in criminal cases or other cases and bring this on record can be accepted but completely missing of any person is a very serious issue which cannot be tolerated at any cost. It was informed in the meeting according to the reports received from ministry of interior, Islamabad, that there were 12 cases of missing persons out of which 5 have already been traced out while two people did not belong to Sindh. The remaining 5 cases of missing persons were discussed in the meeting including Dr Afia Siddiqui, Bashir Ahmed Shah, Sameer, Zulfiqar Kolachi and Ali Muhammad. The sources mentioned that the cases of missing persons Gul Muhammad and Gulzar Lone were not discussed in detail because they did not belong to Sindh. Missing persons, who are still untraced, identified as Muhammad Ibrahim, whose complete address is not available, Muhammad Israr and Khan Muhammad Chang, their performas have been sent to Islamabad, Jahangir and Qari Muhammad Aslam, their performas could not be filled due to incomplete addresses. The missing persons relatives petitions, filed in Sindh High Court, were also discussed in the meeting. It was also informed that Qari Saifur Rehman has been traced out who has gone to Sargodha and the petition, in this regard, has been withdrawn. The agencies are tracing the whereabouts of Abdul Waheed but yet not succeeded, they said. The cases of Abrar Ahmed Malik, Syed Safdar Ali, Habibullah, Abdul Hameed, Sumat Gul, Zainuddin and Zeeshan Jalil were also discussed and the said above decision was observed in the meeting as theses people were yet to be traced. The meeting was informed that Muhammad Sarfraz Khan, Osama Waheed and Muhammad Farooq are presently confined in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi. The members of the task force observed that there was confusion about the exact number of missing persons as the interior ministry of federal government sent different lists due to which confusion has created. In some cases the names of those persons have been included in the lists that are publicly well known like Dr Aafia Siddiqui case. Khan said that there should be a dedicated team in the Sindh police department to workout on these cases. The meeting decided that the federal interior ministry government would be requested to provide correct list showing the exact numbers of missing persons related to the Sindh province. Some officers of the Sindh government would also visit Islamabad, ministry of interior to find out the origin of these cases and seeking maximum information about them. If addresses of missing persons are not available than their relatives and friends would be contacted to get details about them.