ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday directed Defence Minister Khawaja Asif to register a murder case against the officials involved in the killing of two missing persons.
The three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC), comprising the Chief Justice, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, and Justice Amir Hani Muslim heard the missing persons’ case.
The Chief Justice observed that the death of two missing persons in custody was murder. He ordered to present the remaining missing persons before the court on Tuesday by 11 am.
Since the authorities failed to produce any missing person as directed by the apex court in pervious hearing, the bench summoned the Defence Minister, who pleaded for three-day time as he had recently taken charge.
Khawaja Asif said the government was legislating over the issue of missing persons and would present a bill in the National Assembly in a few days. However, the CJP ordered the government to first recover the 33 missing persons and and then undertake legislation.
He also directed for conducting autopsy of the dead missing persons.
Attorney General of Pakistan Munir A Malik apprised the court that he was informed by the Secretary Defence that two of the 35 undeclared detainees had died during detention at an internment center of Lakki Marwat. He claimed the death of detainees was natural.