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Enforced disappearance is a case of treason, says IHC judge

Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) judge Chief Justice Athar Minallah on Friday said that the cases of enforced disappearances were those of treason and these were not acceptable in a country that was following a constitution.

“No one can go missing without federal and provincial governments’ will,” remarked Minallah.

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The court was hearing the case of missing journalist Mudassar Naro who went missing in August 2018.

The judge asked the federal and provincial governments to look into the matter and if the state agencies were not able to recover Madassar Naro.

“Can anyone be disappeared without their [federal and provincial governments] will? No,” the judge observed.

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The judge questioned why the executive shouldn’t be declared responsible for it, adding that if people were going missing in a state, then it was the state’s incompetency.

Naro went missing in August 2018 when he was visiting the northern areas with his wife and child.



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