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IHC questions where responsibility must lay in missing persons case

Justice Minallah says it will be useless to give the state orders if it is involved in disappearing citizens

The Islamabad High Court has said that someone must be held responsible in the missing persons case and that the issue had progressed beyond formation of committees.

The court on Monday said that if it was to be believed that the state was involved in such cases, then it would be of no use to give directions to it.

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IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petitions which sought the recovery of Mudassar Naro and other missing persons on Monday. He directed the Missing Persons Commission to present its report before the court.

Justice Minallah also ordered the attorney general to give his final arguments by February 28.

He said that the court would announce its verdict regarding the case. The judge added that it would be useless to give the state orders if it was involved in disappearing citizens.

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He said that they [state officials] would come to court denying knowledge of how a person went missing. The judge further said that it was imperative to hold someone responsible in the case.

Justice Minallah was outraged after the attorney general asked for more time in the Maira Sajid case. He directed the commission to present a report on the forced disappearances at the time of the next hearing.

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