Sep 23, 2007

Missing persons release delayed

The Nation editorial writes that the Supreme Court was told by the Deputy Attorney General that 13 (missing) persons had been recovered and sent to their homes since it heard the case last, bringing the number of those traced so far to 145 as against a total of 416 who had mysteriously disappeared.

Editor rightly reminds that in functional democracy this should have never happened and secondly, in the current circumstances when the SC is convinced that intelligence agencies were detaining them and issued injunctions for their release, they ought not to demur. (Full Editorial)

Case of Safdar Sarki (Website), sindhi nationalist, is well known in US community. He was allegdly picked up by intelligence agencies from Karachi. His children have suffered enough and now is the time to release him without any further delay. Cowasjee on Sarki (March 2006)(July 2006),

Amnesty writes that The Constitution of Pakistan states that "No person shall be deprived of life and liberty save in accordance with law" (Article 9). Under Article 10, every detainee must be brought before a magistrate within 24 hours of arrest. The detention of Dr Sarki, if carried out by the security forces, is a clear violation of these requirements.(Full report)

Report from Asian Human Right Commission (Click here)

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