During last month (April), proceedings were held in Islamabad, after which 27 missing persons cases were disposed off. DESIGN: SIDRAH MOIZ KHAN
ISLAMABAD: The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (CIED) said on Monday that they had traced 27 additional cases of missing persons during April.
The committee, which comprises of former senior Supreme Court judge Justice Javed Iqbal and member Muhammad Sharif is conducting the proceedings of the cases of enforced disappearances with the help of law enforcing agencies.
During April, proceedings were held in Islamabad, in which 27 missing persons cases were traced and disposed off.
Of the 27 cases, four cases were closed after they were deemed not to be missing persons cases. Of the four cases closed, dead bodies of three were recovered.
The dead were Jabbarul Hassan from Vehari, Ghulam Sibtain from Mandi Bahauddin, and Muhammad Haroon from Batkhaila in Malakand.
One case, Syed Ahtisham Ali from Muzzafarabad missing from July 2011, was found not to qualify as a missing persons case.
This enhances the total number of cases to 1,984, out of which 657 cases have been disposed off. This leaves 1,327.
The missing persons were mostly from rural areas spread across the country, of which the men hailed from Swat. They were found in internment centres of Lakki Marwat.
From January 1, 2011, 138 cases of missing persons were pending. Since then, till April 30 of this year, 1846 new cases have been received by the commission.