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.
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.