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SC summons Defence, Interior Secretaries

21 June, 2007

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ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) On Wednesday summoned secretaries of Defence and Interior Ministries on 25th June after flouting the court orders in Missing Persons' Case.

Bench No. 2, a three-member bench of the apex court comprises of performing Senior Justice Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal, Mr. Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar and Mr. Justice Falak Sher, was hearing the case.

The court was informed that the authorities have found 109 persons while efforts are on the move to trace remaining 150 missing people. The court took strict notice for disregarding its orders and called elucidation from both the secretaries.

A court order has asked the two secretaries that why not the contempt of court proceedings should be instigated against them?

The bench also ordered DG of the National Crisis & Management Cell (NCMC) of Ministry of Interior (MoI), Brigadier Javed Iqbal Cheema to remain present in the court during each hearing of the Missing Persons' Case. Apex court also issued orders that charges, allegations about Imran Munir should be presented in chamber, if he is facing sensitive charges and he should be allowed to meet the family members and to have an attorney. The court also called explanation that why the court orders about providing defence lawyer to Imran Munir were ignored?

It is worth to mention that the case was filed in SC after a Suo-Moto action was taken by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary in December 15th December 2005, upon application of Aamna Masood Janjua wife of a missing person Dr. Masood Janjua. Later, hundreds of people were enlisted in the case by their relatives.

Raja Muhammad Irshad, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) for Pakistan, who was assisting the court, in this case, was transferred from SC to Lahore High court's (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench, after he showed sympathy to missing persons by giving remarks in their favour, calling it voice of conscience, in April this year. Another DAG who replaced Raja Muhammad Irshad, in this case, Chaudhary Afrasayab resigned from his seat in May this year.


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