Perhaps it was the arrest of two Nawaz supporters or it was the return of missing journalist, Zeenat Shahzadi. Whatever it was, it seems the concern of missing people and enforced disappearances is rightfully being stressed by the institutions of this country.

The Senate's Standing Committee on Human Rights expressed the gravity of the issue of missing persons and condemned the fact that FIRs were often denied. The Senate had also previously commented on the inefficiency of the Commission of Enforced Disappearances.

A bigger victory for activists is the fact that this issue has also been taken up by the Supreme Court. The highest court of the country called for a detailed report on all 'missing' persons held at all government facilities after an application filed by the Defence of Human Rights organization.

The issue of enforced disappearances is a controversial one that is mired with confusion from the public. It is a concern with several intersections with subjects ranging from free speech, cybercrime, criticisms of institutions or the Baluchistan cause; which is why it has led to confusion in statistics between the distinction of enforced disappearance and missing persons.

Even if the statistics have been exaggerated, it is encouraging to see the Senate and Supreme Court recognize that the problem exists and that someone must be held accountable for it. The thing to realize is that there is a workable solution, in the form of a law against enforced disappearances, which is lying untouched in the Federal government. 

What remains to be decided is whether the parliament or the judiciary should investigate this. While the duty formally goes to the parliament, as it is in charge of the Commission, the Supreme Court in the past has done commendable work in this field, documenting cases of enforced disappearances in the Muhabat Shah case.