Missing persons killed by al Qaeda, SC told

A three-member bench headed by Justice Javed Iqbal was hearing the missing persons’ case in Islamabad.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was informed on Wednesday that two missing persons, Masood Janjua and Faisal Faraz, had in fact been killed by al Qaeda six years ago.

Additional Attorney General for Pakistan Karim Khan Agha told a three-member bench headed by Justice Javed Iqbal that the data gathered from laptops in possession of Masood Janjua and Faisal Faraz indicated the two men had links with al Qaeda. He said Janjua and Faraz had been killed some six years back and such was highlighted by the media as well.

Amna Masood Janjua, wife of Masood Janjua, and the chairperson of Defence of Human Rights, claimed that her husband and Faisal Faraz were alive and were in the custody of sensitive agencies.

She demanded that their graves of those which the defence claimed to be of Janjua and Faraz should be exhumed and DNA tests be carried out to determine their true identity.

Justice Javed Iqbal directed her to provide evidence to support her claim in his chamber.

The bench took up issue of chronic missing persons cases and expressed their dissatisfaction over delayed action against Frontier Constabulary personnel who had been identified by six of the missing persons’ families, for taking away their loved ones.

Asma Jehangir, president Supreme Court Bar Association and Counsel, apprised the bench that despite recommendations of Commission on Missing Persons, so far no action had been taken against the FC personnel.

The bench also directed the police to present a report on the case of MNA Fazal Rab Pirzada who had gone missing few years back at the next hearing.

The next hearing has been adjourned till next Wednesday.

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