36 missing persons traced in Sept, says commission

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ISLAMABAD: The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances on Tuesday submitted a monthly report to a special bench of the Supreme Court, in which it shared that 36 missing persons had been traced in September, of which 13 are facing detainment in different internment centres.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik and Justice Sardar Tariq was formed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar in September to study reports on missing persons’ cases by the inquiry commission, monitor its proceedings and ensure that orders for production issued by the commission are followed upon.

The commission is responsible for studying cases of missing persons submitted in court from 2011 onwards and to present monthly progress reports to the bench.

According to the report, 14 of the total persons traced were found to be detained at various internment centres for militants. Six of them are detained at internment centre Paithom (Pak-Austrian Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management), four at Lakki Marwat, two at Fizagat, and one at Kohat.

The hearing was adjourned for an indefinite period of time.