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Govt not in the business of disappearing people, says Nisar as another activist goes missing in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD (JAN 11, 2017): Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that the government was not in the business of disappearing people and the measures being taken to recover the four abducted men.

“This government is not in the business of disappearing people and we will not tolerate such disappearances while we are in power,” he said.

“The trend of people going ‘missing’ was witnessed between 2002 and 2008. If it was not the government’s policy, the government would definitely look the other way,” the minister added.

His remarks came after another activist, Civil Progressive Alliance Pakistan (CPAP) President Samar Abbas was reportedly gone missing from the federal capital on Wednesday.

According to CPAP General Secretary Syed Talib Abbas, Samar Abbas travelled to Islamabad from Karachi on business, as he also ran an IT firm.

“He was continuously in touch with his family, but on Saturday (Jan 7), his mobile phone was switched off. The family has not heard from him since,” he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, the plight of missing academic Salman Haider and three other missing activists was highlighted on the floor of the Senate where opposition leaders demanded the interior minister to brief about the recent abductions.

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Nisar, while briefing the house, said that of the four missing men, one individual was abducted from Islamabad and three from Lahore. He said that it was unfortunate that the Safe City CCTV network was limited to Islamabad, which had made it difficult to continue the search for Salman Haider’s abductors after they drove towards Rawalpindi, via Airport Road.

“I am in touch with senior intelligence officials. We have been working overtime for the last 48 hours to unmask the elements behind this incident and we want that Professor Salman Haider should be safely reunited with his family. The government will pursue those behind this heinous crime; the first objective is to secure his safe release,” he told the house, adding that the investigation was proceeding in the right direction and would be taken to its logical conclusion.

The minister further said that a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was constituted to probe Salman Haider’s disappearance.

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1971 specter lingers on: Pak FO concerned over death sentences to 6 JI leaders!

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office said it was concerned over the death sentences handed over yesterday (23rd of November) to six Jamaat-e-Islami activists for looting and killing a Hindu man, killing a Chhatra League leader, killing 13 chairmen and members of five unions.

According to details though International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh has convicted six (Abu Saleh Muhammad Abdul Aziz Mia, Ruhul Amin, Abu Muslim Muhammad Ali, Abdul Latif, Najmul Huda and Abdur Rahim Mia) only Abdul Latif is incarcerated. All the other five had been proclaimed as absconders.

They were indicted in been indict by the tribunal on 28th of June 28, 2016 for committing crimes against humanity during 1971 war. 

 

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COAS launches Khushal Baluchistan project in Quetta!

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QUETTA: In order to ensure stability through social-economic development and security, COAS has inaugurated Khushal Baluchistan project here today. 

According to sources the high-level meeting apropos developmental project was held at the Southern Command Headquarter in the city.

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Alleged forgery lands two Chinese nationals in FIA lock-up!

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KARACHI: Two Chinese nationals – Zhong Zhongmin and Li Chonhong, Country Manager and Deputy Country Manager of the Chinese firm M/s BGP (Pakistan) International – have been nabbed by FIA for submitting forged documents here today.

According to details FIA has registered a case against the  oil and gas surveying company, its clearing agent M/s IMT Co, customs personnel etc for forgery.

The accused had endeavored to get surveying equipment worth Rs. 677m cleared by means of fake papers.

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