ISLAMABAD - A conspiracy has been revealed whereby Foreign agencies illegally apprehend missing people and pin the blame on Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI), revealed the Chairman NAB and Head of missing persons commission Javed Iqbal.
Briefing a meeting of National Assembly’s Standing Committee for Human Rights, headed by Zahra Daud Fatima, Iqbal, who is also the head of a committee formed to probe missing persons, said that 70 per cent of the missing persons are found to be ‘pro-military’.
He said that often the kidnapped refrain from sharing details of the incident out of fear. A terrorist’s family should not be labelled a terrorist, he argued, adding that “with the state rests the responsibility of the family of the missing persons.”
The NAB chief said that statistics shared for the missing persons in Balochistan are contradictory to reality. “There have been several militant groups present in the province and many ‘missing persons’ have gone along with them,” he said. Former CM Balochistan Aslam Raisani and Nasrullah Baloch had been tasked to provide with the list but to no avail, the NAB chief complained.
He said the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) itself has no interest in their missing persons. Despite being in the government, and Ishrat-ul-Ibad’s appointment as the Sindh governor, the party lacked the sincerity, seriousness and interest of recovering their own missing workers, he added.
MQM-P workers have been missing for the last 20 years, but former governor Ibad distributed a plot and a job to the family of a missing worker and closed the case, the NAB chief lamented. According to the NAB chairman, there are 14 cases of missing persons belonging to the party in the commission, at present and the number of missing workers is crossing a dangerous number.
The UN working group has also expressed serious concerns regarding the issue. The commission has 29 cases of MQM’s missing workers under review, from 1992 to 1995.