Missing Persons

An unbearably long wait for a missing father

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November 14th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; To mark a year since rights activist Idris Khattak's Enforced Disappearance Voicepk talks to his daughter Talia Khattak who details a rare meeting with her father last month.

Idris Khattak is still a victim of enforced disappearance: UN experts

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UN human rights experts have said the concealment of human rights activist Idris Khattak’s fate and whereabouts to this day constitutes a continued offense of enforced disappearance.

Gulshan Tagar in high spirits, says family

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October 31st, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Gulsher Tagar is healthy and in high spirits, says the family of the missing activist who returned home to his village in Matiari district 39 months after his alleged abduction from Karachi in 2017.

34 missing persons cases reported in Sep: COIED

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October 2nd, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; A state-appointed commission on enforced disappearances has claimed that 53 persons reported missing had returned to their homes in September saying 34 new cases were reported to the body in the period.

‘PM should probe extension given to COIED’

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September 28th, 2020; BUREAU REPORT; LAHORE; The Prime Minister should probe into the extension of three years given to the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances as the commission has been a source of frustration for victims, said Amina Masood Janjua

Amid protests , govt gives 3 years extension to COIED on...

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September 26th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The federal government has extended the tenure of the state-appointed Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (COIED) for three years amid calls for its replacement with an independent body.

Rise in missing persons’ cases alarming: IHC

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September 15th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; The Islamabad High Court has termed the rise in the number of missing persons as alarming saying police were investigating 50 such cases in the federal capital alone.

‘Missing his long conversations over tea’ – family in wait for...

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September 11th, 2020; By Aftab Ahmad Memon; HYDERABAD; Sindh High Court lawyer Mohib Azad was last seen being picked up by men in a black Vigo. He had been campaigning for the release of his abducted friend Sarang Joyo. Today his family awaits him sadly, longing for wonderful times again.

If Pain Had Words: Families of Missing Persons Speak Up

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  August 31st, 2020                                       VOICEPK.NET: SPECIAL REPORT LAHORE; A...

Campaigners call for new, independent body for missing persons

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Speaking at a webinar, organized by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), to mark the International Day of Enforced Disappearances, I A Rehman said the present inquiry commission had proved ineffective in dealing with cases of enforced disappearances as its head was now chairman of the National Accountability Bureau.

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International Stories

Was there a lone survivor in the Machh incident?

January 9th, 2021; By Ahmad Saeed & Asim Ahmad Khan; QUETTA/LAHORE; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; A statement by the Afghan Embassy revealed that a person named Rasul had survived the Mach Incident and is currently being held by the Balochistan Police.

‘German sister’ gets top award for work on leprosy

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APS ATTACK: 6 years on, parents still await justice

“They are gone and can't come back," says one of the parents. "But we will strive till the end of our days to see that they get justice." Most of the parents of the children martyred during APS massacre have not reached any closure even after the passage of six years. The only times where they have an opportunity for empathy, is when they all collect to remember their lost children. It is only them who can understand the depth of the grief that consumes them.