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Top court directs LEAs to prioritise recovery of missing persons

KARACHI: Supreme Court on Sunday directed law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to prioritise recovery of missing persons and constitute a special cell to monitor the progress.

During the hearing of a suo motu case taken after Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar was relayed complaints of missing persons by their relatives during a visit to district courts in Larkana, the apex court accepted applications submitted by families of missing person and ordered LEAs to keep SC human rights cell in the loop during investigations.

Sindh Inspector-General Amjad Javed and representatives of security agencies appeared before the top court at the Karachi Registry.

The court proceedings begun with confusion as petitioners burst into tears, accusing security agencies of abducting their relatives. The emotional scene turned chaotic when the relatives resorted to manhandling of security officials in the courtroom after being prevented from entering the premises. The commotion persuaded Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar to call for a break.

He returned a few minutes later and expressed displeasure over the behavior showed by the relatives. Responding to the allegations on security agencies, Justice Nisar said he was certain the authorities were not behind the ‘abductions’.  “They will be responsible for the recovery of missing persons,” said a petitioner.

Praying for the missing persons to be alive, Justice Nisar observed that a 57-year-old was also missing among the youth.

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