MISSING PERSONS

An unbearably long wait for a missing father

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

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

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

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’

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 August 7th

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

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 missing lawyer

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

  August 31st, 2020                                       VOICEPK.NET: SPECIAL REPORT LAHORE; A special report by Voicepk.net for the International Day...

Campaigners call for new, independent body for missing persons

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.

Sit-in held outside Sindh governor house for the release of Shia missing persons

Hafiz Fazal Abbas, who “disappeared” two days before Eid-ul-Azha, has returned home after successful negotiations between the representatives of the Joint Action Committee for Shia missing persons and the representatives of the government and security agencies.

Sindh and Balochistan tormented by enforced disappearances

Aug. 05, 2020: Rafique Umrani was a tailor by profession and a father of five. But for his family he might as well be dead. On September 17, 2017, Umrani was abducted by plain-clothed officials from Nazar Street, Larkana, and to ...

Protests carry on for missing persons in Karachi

Aug. 04, 2020: Families and friends of missing persons have carried on their protest against the state’s policy of enforced disappearances of perceived “threats” to the nation in front of the Karachi Press Club since the past week ...

Taken away in the dead of night

Jul 23, 2020: On Sunday night, July 14, 2020, Muhammad Amin was dragged out of his house in Shah Faisal Colony of Karachi, Sindh, by a group of men and was never seen since. His family says the abductors were clad in civilian clothes ...

PHC denies petition for orders to produce Idris Khattak

Jul 17, 2020: The Peshawar High Court on Thursday, July 16, 2020, turned down a petition to produce orders for the habeas corpus of human rights defender and missing persons advocate Idris Khattak, who has been missing himself for the past eight months ...

SINDH: A victim of enforced disappearances

Twenty year old Aqib Chandio was abducted from his home in Gulshan-e-Hadeed, a neighborhood in the Malir district of Karachi in the early hours of Tuesday, July 7, 2020, by plainclothes men. Prior to this latest incident, he had been forcibly picked up on May 30, 2018, before being released a year later. It had only been 9 months since he had come back when unknown people whisked away from the young man yet again.

A province in strife

It was 11 in the morning on April 5, 2013, when Gulfar sent her son to find a passenger van so they could go home from the hospital from Turbat city. She sat in the hospital with her youngest son and grandson, and waited for ...

MISSING PERSONS: “Every Family In Balochistan Lives In Fear”

Jun 8, 2020: Like every year, anguish-ridden families of missing persons along with others from the civil society converged outside the Quetta Press Club on Monday, June 8, a date which is marked every year as the ‘Baloch Missing Persons’ Day’. The ...

Enforced Disappearances and Balochistan

By Mir Muhammad Talpur The scourge of enforced disappearances in Pakistan has severely eroded the foundations of society’s conscience and confidence. This crime against humanity has been going on for...

“Sajid Baloch: In Terra Incognita?”

March 29, 2020 By Xari Jalil LAHORE When Taj Baloch said goodbye to his friend, he did not know it would be the last time that he would see him. Because Sajid...

HRCP calls for immediate release of Idris Khattak

LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) held a protest in front of the Lahore Press Club on Friday against the enforced disappearance of Idris Khattak.   Khattak, a human...

Supreme Court Suspends Lahore High Court Order to Release Colonel Inam

The Supreme Court today suspended the Lahore High Court’s orders for the immediate release of Advocate Inam-ur-Rahim, a missing persons lawyers who had made a name for himself for...

Col Inam-ur-Rahim Forcibly Disappeared for Violating Official Secrets Act 1923

Colonel Inam-ur-Rahim, a lawyer who had fought cases for families of missing persons and coordinator for the Rawalpindi Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee, had been forcibly disappeared by security...

COVID Watch | 4th December 2020

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Following Punjab and Islamabad, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Thursday banned indoor dining at eateries and hotels, however delivery and takeaway services have been exempted.
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Rights Watch | 5th December 2020

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Raja Masih, father of Arzoo Raja, withdraws plea from SHC for a review of the court's November 23 verdict in order to approach a family court for her custody. Arzoo, who was proven a minor, had twice refused to return to her parents, following which the court had directed she be sent to a shelter home rather than to her "husband".
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Is Nawaz’s battle cry for salvation or civilian supremacy

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October 17th, 2020; By Munizae Jahangir; LAHORE; In an unprecedented first, Punjab’s most popular leader called out a sitting army head, Qamar Bajwa & ISI Chief General Faiz on meddling in politics, kidnapping journalists, & pressurizing the judiciary

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A candid conversation with Nisha Rao

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November 21st, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Nisha Rao transwomen in her late 20s shot to fame when she became the first most successful practicing transgender lawyer in the country. We sat down with Nisha for a candid conversation about her experiences in the legal profession.

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