ISLAMABAD  - Members of the Commission on Missing Persons are set to ask Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to award the probe body a permanent status.

“The probe body members will soon forward a request to the prime minister to award the commission a permanent status,” sources shared with The Nation yesterday.

The Commission, headed by Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, has also repeatedly requested the PM for submitting its report.

The commission, a couple of months before, had forwarded a request to the prime minister to submit its report but could not get any positive response as yet.

This probe body has disposed of over 1300 complicated cases of different nature and also fixed responsibility on some institutions and groups. This body during the investigation has cancelled many cases as these were not falling in the category of ‘missing persons’.

The body chief justice (r) Javed Iqbal had already shared with this newspaper that the body had disposed of cases from all over Pakistan. He said that the pending cases would also be probed soon. This commission has reportedly received a large number of cases from Supreme Court and other institutions for proper probe.

It has also reportedly raised an objection on some Baloch elders for not properly cooperating with the body about their assertions about missing cases related to Balochistan.

The commission, in its investigation, has also contained the names of those living abroad and also those who have been involved in terrorism-related cases.  A number of attempts were made to take current status of the Commission but its head was not available on his cell-phone.

The commission has recently probed the cases of MQM’s missing persons and soon the compiled report would be submitted to government’s concerned quarters. The incumbent government has already termed the MQM’s claim about missing persons as false.