Missing persons be released immediately: JI
15 October, 2012
KARACHI: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi Sunday staged a protest demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club, demanding immediate release of missing persons, including JI Jacobabad Deputy Secretary General Gul Hasan, Osama Waheed, Ajmal Waheed, Faiq Siddiqui and others from the country, particularly from Sindh and Balochistan.
A large number of human rights activists, JI workers and heirs of missing persons joined the demonstration. Protesters, carrying placards and banners, inscribed with demands to release missing persons, chanted slogans against the inhuman policies of government and military establishment.
Addressing the protest demonstration, JI Karachi Amir Muhammad Hussain Mehnati said that there was an elongated list of people, who went missing from the country, particularly from Balochistan and Sindh province. He said unfortunately, the nefarious practices of abducting citizens, initiated during the tenure of former dictator Pervez Musharraf, is still on. He further said that a large number of people, including JI workers, went missing but none was responding to the government's side.
He said that the government, through its psycho pathetic behaviour, was raising unrest among masses. Mehnati said that a minimal number of missing persons were released, while a massive figure of such other people was either lost forever or were yet to be released. He talked about the great agony being faced by the heirs of missing persons. JI leader was of the view that intelligence agencies of the country were for people. He said, "Our agencies and their high ups should realise that irking our own citizens is not fair and is the worst injustice."
In this regard, he hailed the role of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP). He said that SCP had summoned bureaucracy, law enforcement agencies and spy agencies to get missing persons released but, unfortunately, no solid measures were so far taken by the government to resolve the issue. He further said that the SCP in its verdict had made it clear that the provincial government of Balochistan failed to discharge its duties. He added that the government of Sindh province would be dissolved if the SCP took the matter of missing person in Sindh.
Mehnati said that all the missing persons would be recovered, when JI came into power. He was of the view that a peaceful Islamic revolution would ensure the rights of citizens in the country.
He vowed that JI would continue its struggle for missing persons and assured the heirs of affected people that JI would take all measure, including besieging chief minister house, governor house and even presidency, if needed to recover missing persons.
JI Karachi General Secretary Naseem Siddiqui in his address strictly criticised the behaviour of the government and spy agencies. He said that intelligence agencies should work within their limitations. They had nothing to do with political issues and should never intervene in political affairs.
JI leader Birjees Ahmed said that recovering missing persons was the responsibility of the government in which the present government had failed absolutely, so it should resign immediately, besides announcing general elections in the country. JI leader Younus Barai also shed light on the issue, besides the tragedy of Pakistani people facing drone attacks as well as cruel behavior of intelligence.