ISLAMABAD - The commission on missing persons is set to request Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for some more powers to the body to deal with longstanding cases of different areas mainly from Balochistan.

The commission may ask Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for giving proper status of bureau to deal with the missing persons’ cases if surfaced in future, a member of a commission told The Nation.

The commission has claimed to finalise nearly nine hundred cases in three years but got an extension of one more year to dispose of all remaining cases. “The commission is also thinking to register complaints about limited resources to deal with high profile cases,” the source said.

When contacted, Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal, head of the commission on missing persons, said that commission has yet not submitted any complaint to government but contemplating to demand about status of proper bureau.

The report of commission on missing persons was finalised last year but it will consider as interim report, as it got extension of one more year. The commission in its report had also fixed responsibility on some organisations but it was not made public so far.

The sources said that the four-member commission in its report has mentioned cases purely pertaining to missing persons as other cases falling in category of enmities and kidnapping for ransom were not entertained.

The commission has so far disposed of 902 cases, most of which are from Sindh province. Out of the cleared cases, 91 are from Sindh, over 100 from Balochistan, 19 from Punjab and 29 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

While total pending cases, 679 cases are from Khyber Pakhtunkha(KPK), 239 from Sindh, 219 from Punjab, 26 from ICT, four from Fata, nine from AJK and one from Gilgit and a large number from Balochistan due to certain reasons. “The commission on missing persons has disposed of over 70 cases purely related to Balochistan,” sources said.

The sources said that nearly 750 cases from Balochistan were referred by different organisations but the commission did not consider all the cases in the category of missing persons.

This commission was constituted a couple of years before to finalise a report about missing persons and submit to government in a stipulated time.