ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has heard the case pertaining to 35 missing persons of Malakand Agency today while the government once again provided its stance that it is not aware of the whereabouts of the missing person ‘Yaseen Shah’.
The government, despite the orders of the Supreme Court, has once again informed the court during hearing of the case pertaining to 35 missing persons of Malakand Agency that it is not aware of the whereabouts of the missing person, Yaseen Shah.
Three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja on Thursday conducted hearing of the petition filed by Mohabat Shah for recovery of his missing son, Yaseen Shah.
Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, while conducting hearing of the case pertaining to 35 missing persons of Malakand Agency, said that if federal and the provincial governments cannot trace out their citizen, the Supreme Court will tell the relatives of the missing person that they are third grade citizens of the country and basic rights contained in the constitution are not for them.
During the hearing of the case, the government one again informed the court that it does not know whereabouts of the missing person, Yaseen Shah.
Additional attorney general, Shah Khawar, advocate general Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Zahid Yousaf Qureshi, chairperson human rights commission, Amina Masood Janjuha and the petitioner appeared in the court.
Justice Jawwad S Khawaja said that federal and the provincial governments should make efforts for recovery of the missing persons, saying that full efforts should be made as every moment is precious.
Additional attorney general informed the court that no information could be got regarding recovery of missing Yaseen Shah. Upon this, the court said it has reservations on the non-presentation of Yaseen Shah in the court.
The bench said that it was brought in the knowledge of the court that even the case of Yaseen Shah was not registered and the court expressed its concern on the matter.
Justice Jawwad S Khawaja said that no satisfactory progress is being made by the government. The court, while addressing Shah Khawar and Zahid Yousaf Qureshi, said that they should conduct consultations in the matter and some solution of the issue should be found.
Justice Jawwad S Khawaja said that federal and the provincial governments are not taking the issue seriously, saying that the additional attorney general should inform the court and the court will accompany him.
Additional attorney general requested the court to adjourn hearing of the case till Monday, saying that the matter will be taken seriously and some solution of the matter will be found out. Upon this, the court adjourned hearing of the case till March 10.