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Mudassir Naru recovery case: IHC orders Mazari, Interior Secretary to appear before court

29 Nov, 2021
The IHC CJ noted the state would have responded differently, if son of a rich man would be missing. File photo
The IHC CJ noted the state would have responded differently, if son of a rich man would be missing. File photo

The Islamabad High Court on Monday ordered Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari and Interior Secretary Yousaf Naseem Khokhar to appear before the court on December 1 in the case related to recovery of journalist Mudassir Naru.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah was hearing the recovery of missing journalists and bloggers case.

The writer, poet and journalist Naru has not been since he disappeared on August 20, 2018 while on a vacation with his son and wife in Naran. His wife, Sadaf Chugtai, an artist and activist, died in May 2021 in her sleep, while their son who is barely four-year-old lives with his grandparent.

In the hearing on November 25, the high court ordered Prime Minister Imran Khan and the federal cabinet to listen to the grievances of the missing journalist's family.

Justice Minallah asked the Deputy Attorney General Syed Tayyab Shah when the prime minister would listen to the family members of the missing journalist and told him to tell the court the exact date by Monday (today) otherwise he would summon the Interior Secretary at the next hearing.

In Monday's hearing, the chief justice expressed ire as the additional attorney general couldn't tell the court the exact date of meeting of the prime minister and federal cabinet with the Naru's family.

The IHC CJ noted the state would have responded differently, if son of a rich man would be missing.

Jusitce Minallah said it is a grave crime that a citizen goes missing. Later, the victim's family has to visit a commission continuously to know about the missing person, he said, adding this procedure is unjustified.