The discovery of missing persons does not indicate good news in Pakistan. Two bodies were found last Wednesday in Sarjani Town, Karachi. One of them was identified as a 42-year old journalist, Haji Abdul Razzaq Baloch.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary, is hearing the case of missing persons at the Supreme Court Quetta Registry.

In comments on Tuesday, the CJP attempted to relieve the abductors of Pakistani citizens of the belief that they were doing the country a great service, “This is an act of hostility against the country”.

The court has continued to point fingers at security agencies, holding them responsible for the unlawful abduction of Pakistani citizens, who mysteriously turn up dead after an indiscriminate period of time.

With the federal and provincial government unwilling, or unable to act against the suspected perpetrators, a frustrated and disillusioned court finds itself threatening to arrest Frontier Corps officials if they fail to produce the missing persons within two weeks.

This is not the first time the court has given a ‘deadline’.  Several ultimatums and warnings have been issued previously, but to no avail.

While the court energetically pursues the case, and gives directive after directive, deadline after deadline, the court’s noble intentions remain constant, along with one other thing: the missing are still missing.

In fact, the latest reports suggest that the number of missing persons is increasing, a clear indication of no change in the strategy of security agencies, in light of the SC proceedings and directions.

The Frontier Corps, despite assuring to comply with the court’s orders, has done very little to change the popular view that the missing persons will not be recovered any time soon. The pleas of the affected families, continue, only to fall silent with the discovery of a body.

While the SC draws comparisons between the PPP and PML-N government, declaring the latter to be worse with regards to its poor performance in recovering the missing citizens, people keep disappearing, never to be seen again or to be found later - mutilated, disfigured and dead.

However, if the perpetrators continue to see compliance with the law as a courtesy extended to the court, rather than a constitutional responsibility and necessity, people will continue to vanish, bodies will continue to be found, the court will keep giving deadlines and more will keep going missing.