Sep 13, 2018

Sindh: 13 “Missing” People Return Home

Due to the efforts of the courts and the tirelessly work of the families of missing people, who have filed over 40 petitions and accused law enforcement agencies of abducting their family members, some members of the Sindh community who had been forcibly disappeared are returning home. However, 25 cases of missing persons are still pending in court, some of which have ordered the police and rangers to work for the recovery of more people. While it is encouraging to hear that the campaigns by some families of the forcibly disappeared have been successful, sadly, the estimated number of unreported cases of enforced disappearances and arbitrary arrests is much higher than the number of cases that actually make it to court as the use of enforced disappearances by Pakistani security forces in Sindh and other minority regions in Pakistan is rampant.

The article below was published by Samaa:

Thirteen missing persons have returned home in Sindh.

This was revealed on Wednesday [12 September 2018] in a report submitted to the Sindh High Court by the police and Rangers.

As many as 40 petitions have been filed by the families of the missing people. The families have accused law enforcement agencies of abducting their loved ones, something the authorities have repeatedly denied.

The people who have been recovered include Zahid, Arif, Munawwar Ali, Muhammad Nasir, Ilyas from Korangi, and Muhammad Asadullah from Nazimabad.

The cases of 25 missing persons are still pending in court. The court ordered the police and Rangers to ensure the recovery of more people and submit another report on October 10.

Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto remarked that the citizens are returning home due to the efforts of the court.


Photo courtesy of DFID - UK Department for International Development