Caretaker Human Rights Minister Khalil George has said that a committee on the issue of missing persons is being planned.

Talking to a news channel, he said the government was closely looking into the issue of missing persons. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has already directed interim Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar to appear before it on November 29, if he did not manage the recovery of more than 50 allegedly missing Baloch students. The Sindh High Court (SHC) has also hinted at summoning the caretaker prime minister if police and the provincial government could not make any progress in recovery of missing persons.In the interview, George said, “The prime minister is planning a committee on missing persons with the interior minister and other ministers so the issue can be fully analysed. It will examine where are the missing persons, how many there are and what is their status? However, the government’s stance is that the number of missing persons is not as high as some claim.”He said the committee’s terms of reference (TORs) had not been drafted yet and its mandate would be also determined once this was done. Questioned if the committee would really be able to solve the problem, the minister said every committee had tried its best to discharge its responsibility. According to Pakistan’s laws, a citizen is the responsibility of the state and the state is well aware of it. Let’s see what the committee does. I have complete trust in the committee that it will do its job.”


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2023-11-27

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