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Missing persons case: IHC CJ directs govt to issue notices to Pervez Musharaf, succeeding rulers

ISLAMABAD: In missing persons case, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed the federal government to issue notices to former president general (retd) Pervez Musharraf and all the successive chief executives, including former prime minister Imran Khan and sitting premier Shehbaz Sharif, for following an undeclared tacit approval of the policy regarding enforced disappearances.

Chief Justice IHC Justice Athar Minallah gave the last chance to the Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) to present arguments on constitutional violations in the cases and ordered to present missing persons in the court or justify the failure of the state.

In its order, the IHC asked the government to serve notices to ex-president Pervez Musharraf, former prime minister Imran Khan and incumbent premier Shehbaz Sharif and all other successors.

The IHC order further said, “They [chief executives] shall submit their respective affidavits explaining why the court may not order proceedings against them for alleged subversion of the Constitution in the context of the undeclared tacit approval of the policy regarding enforced disappearances and thus putting national security at risk by allowing the involvement of law enforcing agencies, particularly the Armed Forces. The onus is on each chief executive to rebut the presumption and to explain why they may not be tried for the offence of high treason”.

The order said, “The Attorney General shall satisfy the Court that in case of alleged disappearances in future why criminal cases may not be ordered to be registered against the chief executives of the federation and the concerned provinces”.

The court has also ordered present and former interior ministers to appear before the court in person and explain why the court should not impose heavy fines on them if the government failed to recover missing persons.

Justice Minallah has ordered the AGP to produce six missing persons, including journalist Muadassir Naro, before the court on June 17 or justify the failure of the state.

The court has ordered the federal government to take appropriate measures so as to enable the family members of the missing persons to inform the public regarding their grievances. It shall also be ensured that there is no undeclared censorship observed by the print and electronic media.

Courtesy Bol News

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