ISLAMABAD - Abbottabad Commission chief Justice (r) Javed Iqbal yesterday demanded the government make public the report on the killing of Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by US forces.

Javed Iqbal, who is also head of the Inquiry Commission on Enforced Disappearances, made this demand while talking to the media after briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Interior about the status of missing persons.

“Had the report of the commission been made public with the implementation of its recommendations, there would be no need for establishment of new institutions in the country,” he said. He elaborated the report clearly pointed out the people responsible for the circumstances surrounding the raid.

The Abbottabad Commission had submitted its report to the previous PPP government following its establishment after the killing of Osama Bin Laden on May 2, 2011 but no government made it public.

Earlier, Javed Iqbal told the senate body that the issue of missing persons in Balochistan had been politicised and so far the commission had not been informed about the actual figures, names and addresses of the missing persons. The committee held its meeting under the chair of Senator Rehman Malik.

He said he had repeatedly asked for the names, list and addresses of those who are claimed to be wend missing but neither any political party nor any NGO so far could provide the commission the long list of 3,500 persons they (NGO) claimed. He blamed international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) for exaggerating over the matter.

He said so far there were 96 cases of missing persons from Balochistan and the committee asked for the details of these missing persons. He further said that the issue of missing persons in Balochistan was politicised and the figures were overplayed.

"The Voice of Baloch Missing Persons' caravan in the beginning had shared a total figure of missing persons in Balochistan as 22,000 but it changed the number to 19,000 when it reached Sukkur while in Multan, 18,000, and in Islamabad it claimed the number stood at 17,000," he remarked.

The Chief Minister of Balochistan through a letter informed the commission that 900 citizens of Balochistan were missing, he said, adding that details were still awaited from CM office.

He said at the time of establishment of the commission, total strength of missing persons was 136 and now the total figure had reached up to 3,692. "The commission has decided 2,416 cases while 1,276 cases are undecided so far," he said.

Javed Iqbal also pointed out that the provinces as well as the officials of the Ministry of Interior were not cooperating with the commission at all. The officials of Sindh government did not attend meetings of the commission despite repeated requests "Many cases of missing persons are still pending in Sindh," he added.

Rehman Malik said that the commission should share the names of those officials with the standing committee who did not cooperate in this regard.

Javed Iqbal informed the meeting that total strength of missing persons in Punjab is 223 and situation in Southern Punjab is deteriorating day by day. "In spite of repeated requests, the government of Punjab did not provide proper office to the commission and it hired room for meetings," he added.

Some of the members of the committee raised the issue of 'missing and killing' in Balochistan, which was denied by Javed Iqbal, saying that the number of missing persons had always been exaggerated with respect to Balochistan.

The chair asked the Ministry of Interior to provide adequate budget for the commission. The committee recommended regularising the commission on permanent basis. The standing committee constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Justice (r) Javed Iqbal to propose a draft bill to regularise the commission in order to make it more powerful and effective. The committee was given six weeks to formulate the proposals.

The chairman of the committee remarked that it was no more a secret that Indian intelligence agency RAW was actively working in Balochistan to incite sectarian and ethnic clashes to replicate the East Pakistan like situation. "The arrest of RAW from Balochistan had confirmed that India was involved in internal affairs of Pakistan and is abetting terrorism and extremism," said Malik. He endorsed that that case of missing persons related to Balochistan had always been exaggerated, adding no impression should go from this forum that could discourage their forces while fighting against terrorism and anti-Pakistan elements.