Missing Persons: Sindh High Court seeks report from interior ministry 

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Missing Persons: Sindh High Court seeks report from interior ministry 

Karachi, December 18, 2023: The Sindh High Court has called for a report from the Federal Ministry of Interior concerning the recovery of missing persons. The directive came during the Supreme Court’s hearing on applications related to the disappearance of more than 10 individuals.

A distressed father, seeking the whereabouts of his missing son Abdullah Siddiqui for the past six years, brought the matter before Justice Naimatullah. Inquiring about the investigative efforts, Justice Naimatullah questioned police officers regarding the number of Joint Investigation Teams (JITs) conducted in relation to the missing citizen.

The police chiefs informed the court that 16 JITs and provincial task force sessions had been convened. Furthermore, a progress report was submitted, particularly addressing the case of Allah, missing for nine years, which has been categorized as an enforced disappearance.

The mother of another missing citizen, Wajid Hussain, pleaded with the court for assistance, stating that her son had been missing for seven years. Expressing determination, she added, “Even if it takes 50 years, we will keep coming to the court.”

In response to the plea, the court summoned the SP investigation for the next hearing and requested a detailed report from the Federal Ministry of Interior. The court has adjourned the further hearing of the petitions until January 30, 2024. The development underscores the ongoing challenges in addressing cases of missing persons and the judiciary’s commitment to ensuring accountability and justice.