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Friday, 6 December 2013

In-camera session: SC orders meeting between Justice Muslim, missing persons on Dec 7

In-camera session: SC orders meeting between Justice Muslim, missing persons on Dec 7

Defence minister submits list of missing persons, says not a single person is in military's custody. PHOTO: FILE
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the defence authorities to present the missing persons before Justice Ameer Hani Muslim for an in-camera session at 9am on December 7, Express News reported.
A three-member bench which includes Justice Muslim heard the case today in Islamabad under the supervision of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
The court said that the attorney general can also question the missing persons during the session.
Earlier during the hearing, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif submitted a list of 35 missing persons and details of their locations to the Supreme Court.
Giving details of the missing persons, Asif said seven of them were released, three are living in Waziristan area, one has moved to Saudi Arabia while eight have reportedly moved to Afghanistan and are living in Kunar valley.
He further added that details of five people are not known as yet, while information about seven people mentioned in the list is very sensitive.
The defence minister added that none of the missing persons are in military’s custody.
Rejecting the government’s stance, the bench reiterated its earlier order and asked authorities to bring the missing persons to the court.
The hearing was adjourned till December 9.
Speaking to the media after the hearing ended, Asif said that the government will produce a certain number of people in the court tomorrow.
In yesterday’s hearing, Asif had informed the court that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had assured him that “good news” will be presented to the court today.
The Director General of the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) had also met the prime minister to discuss the missing persons case after Supreme Court intensified pressure on defence authorites.
The DG ISI had told the premier that security agencies never victimised any person and moreover investigated all those who have been found in ‘mischievous activities’ against the state across the country.