Missing IT engineer was victim of enforced disappearance: JIT report
ISLAMABAD: Nearly a year after he was picked up from Sector F-10, law enforcement personnel on Friday finally told the court that a missing software engineer appeared to be the victim of an ‘enforced disappearance’.
This was stated in a report submitted by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigating, probing the disappearance of IT Engineer Sajid Mehmood, before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday.
“The relevant state organs have submitted a report to the effect that in their opinion, it probably is a case of enforced disappearance,” noted Justice Athar Minallah as he passed an order in the case.
On Friday, Investigation SP Capt (retd) Muhammad Ilyas appeared before the IHC and submitted the JIT’s report. The report concluded that Mehmood, who had allegedly been abducted from his home in F-10 in March 2016, appeared to be the victim of an enforced disappearance.
Capt Ilyas, who headed the JIT, explained said that the team believes the case fell into the category of enforced disappearance because of the “eyewitness accounts” and “no evidence to contrary”.
Haider Imtiaz, the counsel for petitioner Mahera Sajid – the wife of the missing software engineer – contended that the JIT’s findings had vindicated the consistent stance of the petitioner. Imtiaz said that now there was no option left for the state but to produce the missing person before the court, in accordance with law.
Following the hearing, the case was adjourned till February 24.