Commission On Enforced Disappearances Claims 26 Missing People Returned Home In November
Data from the Commission on Enforced Disappearances has revealed that 26 missing people returned home in November, with the commission receiving 43 new complaints of missing persons during the month from different areas of the country.
According to data available with Naya Daur Media, the commission traced 37 persons in the month of November, with 26 people returning home. Ten persons had been found to be confined in different internment centres, while one was in jail. Moreover, 28 cases were removed from the category of missing persons or enforced disappearances.
The data further added that the commission conducted 655 hearings of different cases across the country, including 281 in case proceedings in Islamabad, 69 in Peshawar, 20 in Lahore, 62 in Quetta and 223 in Karachi.
The data also revealed that the commission received 6,474 missing people’s cases till November of this year from the data of establishment of the commission, with the commission disposing of 4,268 cases, including 65 in November. The total number of pending cases are 2,206.
The commission’s data further added that a total of 201 dead bodies had reportedly been received in the previous eight years, including 59 in Punjab, 51 in Sindh, 46 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 28 in Baluchistan, 6 in Islamabad, 9 from the erstwhile FATA and 2 from Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The data further added that a total of 805 persons had been confined in different internment centres across the country. 78 of those confined in internment centres were from Punjab, 30 from Sindh, 614 from Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, 17 from Islamabad, 64 from ex-FATA, and one each from Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. No person from Baluchistan was confined in internment centers anywhere in Pakistan.
According to the commission’s data, officials from the intelligence agencies were summoned and presented before the commission, and they confessed that 10 persons from various areas were confined in various internment centers based on alleged links with terrorist organisations.
The data also revealed that around 20 cases were deleted from the category of missing persons, as they had been kidnapped due to personal enmity or had left their areas of their own will.
The author is a reporter based in Islamabad.