Missing persons’ case: IHC seeks report on implementation of its production order

Missing persons’ case: IHC seeks report on implementation of its production order

Missing persons’ case: IHC seeks report on implementation of its production order

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah. Image: File

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday sought a report regarding implementation of its production order on a petition for the recovery of missing persons.

Chief Justice IHC Justice Athar Minallah conducted the hearing on recovery of missing persons Zahid Amin and Sadiq Amin.

During the hearing, the registrar of the Commission of Enquiry on Enforced Disappearances told the court that the commission had placed Zahid Amin in the category of enforced disappearances in the light of the Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) report.

To this, Justice Athar Minallah inquired whom he issued the production orders when the JIT said it was an enforced disappearance. “Does the commission issue production orders only for formal proceedings?” he asked.

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He remarked that why he did not provide relevant information to the petitioners. You should reach out to the petitioners yourself, he directed.

Justice Minallah remarked that the commission was not treating the families of the missing persons properly. “You should visit their houses,” he ordered.

The chief justice IHC inquired about date when the production orders were issued. “What is the date?” he asked.

Petitioner’s lawyer told the court that the production orders of Zahid Amin were issued on September 14, 2020.

To this, the court asked the commission registrar if he forgot to issue the production orders. “Those, who were ordered to issue the production orders, did they refuse?”

“No one refused,” the registrar of the commission replied.

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The court further questioned that if he ordered an action against them for not complying with the production orders. “You issued the production orders on September 14, 2020. You might have seen something in the prime facie. Don’t embarrass yourself. Could there be a bigger issue of human rights violation,” the court wondered.

Later, the court adjourned the hearing till July 4.

 

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