HRCP seeks review after SC disposes of missing persons’ case
Lahore: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has moved the Supreme Court of Pakistan to review an order disposing of a petition filed in 2007 for recovery of a large number of victims of enforced disappearance.
On May 18, the Supreme Court had disposed of through a short order HRCP’s constitutional petition regarding enforced disappearance of citizens filed in 2007 and observed that the petitioner could pursue the matter before a commission established to deal with the issue of missing persons. HRCP is of the view that the short order did not address the grievances cited in the petition and has therefore filed a review.
HRCP has contended that the jurisdiction of the honourable court under Article 184 (3) could not be replaced by a Commission, whose majority comprises non-judicial authorities, especially since the matter raised was of public importance and clearly involved violation of fundamental rights, the enforcement of which fell squarely within the jurisdiction of the honourable Supreme Court. HRCP has highlighted that 47 people on its list submitted to the SC were still untraced and the families of those had not been given any access to the Commission set up by the Government of Pakistan.