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Govt makes Rs1.6m payment to family of missing person

14 Dec, 2021
During the hearing by the commission it was concluded that the case fell under enforced disappearances. File photo
During the hearing by the commission it was concluded that the case fell under enforced disappearances. File photo

Deputy Attorney General Syed Muhammad Tayyab Shah on Tuesday informed the Islamabad High Court that the federal government paid Rs1.6 million to the family of missing person Imran Khan as per the court's August 13 order.

When asked by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah whether his client had received the payment, the lawyer replied they had received partial amount so far.

Addressing Human Rights Secretary Inamullah Khan, the IHC chief justice asked is there a greater violation of human rights than a missing citizen? He ordered the secretary to oversee Imran Khan's recovery .

Justice Minallah clubbed it with other missing persons' case and ordered to set the hearing date.

According to media report, Khan's mother Nasreen Begum filed a petition before the IHC in 2019, stating that her son was picked up in broad daylight on May 15, 2015 for some investigation with a promise that he would be returned once probe is over. However, Khan hasn't returned.

Quoting an affidavit submitted by the petitioner, a media report stated Khan was employed as an information technology expert in UAE and was drawing salary of 3,000 dirhams a month which were equivalent to Rs120,000 at the time of his abduction. Khan was abducted during his visit to Islamabad to attend his sister’s marriage.

The missing citizen's family registered a first information report (FIR) with the local police. However, the police failed to recover him.

The petitioner took up the matter with the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances and during the hearing by the commission it was concluded that the case fell under enforced disappearances and law enforcement agencies were asked to find his whereabouts, according to a Dawn report.

The media has reported on how his family's life has been impacted by his disappearance. His wife filed a suit for dissolution of marriage due to prolonged absence of her husband. The family judge of Islamabad dissolved the marriage and handed over Khan’s six-year-old son to his mother.

The IHC had ordered a monthly payment to Khan's mother till his recovery as it is the state's duty to provide the security and safety to every citizen of Pakistan.