Digital Desk, New Delhi. The Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court, Athar Minallah, on Monday expressed deep displeasure over incidents of forced disappearances in the country, saying that the country’s leading authorities are ultimately accountable for such acts.
According to the report of Pakistani newspaper Dawn, the court also looked into why he should not be charged under Article 6 (high treason) of the Constitution. Justice Minallah made the remarks before Pakistan’s Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan during the hearing of a petition filed by the family of missing journalist Mudassar Naru.
According to the Dawn report, in a hearing held on Monday, the Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court (IHC) termed the forced disappearance as a blot on Pakistan and termed such developments as the worst form of corruption. He said that leading officers nowadays take pride in this practice by writing about it in their books. The Chief Justice asked if the state existed somewhere, why would the affected family need to approach the court and why would we need to bring it to the notice of the Prime Minister?
Naru had gone on leave in Kaghan Valley in August 2018, but has been missing since then. He was last seen near the Kaghan River. Initially his family and friends thought that he might have accidentally fallen into the river and drowned, but his body is yet to be found. The report states that some others have speculated that Naru may have committed suicide. However, this possibility is immediately ruled out by his family. His family says that they did not see any signs of despair about Naru, due to which he could commit suicide.
His family later tried to register an FIR against unknown persons. When the police refused to cooperate, they were forced to approach civil rights organizations, but to no avail. A few months after he went missing, a friend of his said that he had seen Naru at a detention center for missing persons. In the previous hearing of the case, it was claimed that social activist and human rights defender Naru was allegedly receiving threats from the officials of the state institutions before going missing.
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