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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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Rao Anwar Case: ATC sends former SSP on judicial remand till 2nd of May!

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KARACHI: Former SSP Rao Anwar, allegedly involved in extra-judicial killings – including of Naqeebullah Mehsud – has been sent to jail on judicial remand till 2nd day of May.

Rao Anwar, eleven of his incarcerated and fourteen bolted subordinates are accused of kidnapping Naqeebullah Mehsud for ransom and murdering him and other three detainees in an orchestrated ‘encounter’.  The staged killing was termed as an encounter against militants by policemen. 

The gang has also been booked in a case for foisting hand-grenades and pistols on the four victims after murdering them. Citing the planted arms and explosives a fabricated case was also registered by Rao Anwar gang against the deceased. 

Anwar along with other suspects has also been booked in a case for foisting pistols and hand grenades on Mehsud and three others after killing them in the shootout, and later registering a false case against the deceased under the Sindh Arms Act for illegal possession of arms and explosives.

 

 

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ACE nabs assistant commissioner of Darya Khan for embezzling millions!

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SARGODHA: Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Sargodha region has informed about the arrested of Assistant Commission (AC) Darya Khan for embezzling Rs 14.01 million.

ACE authorities said that Facto Group had purchased property of Adam Sugar Mills in 2015. The Facto Group in collusion with the existing AC Darya Khan and the then Sub Registrar Sajid Safdar had embezzled Rs 14.01 million by transfering fee after showing low value of the property, thus causing a loss to national exchequer.

ACE Director Asim Raza had constituted a 4-member investigation team to probe into the matter. 

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N. Waziristan: Third phase to repatriate IDPs commences!

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ISLAMABAD: Third phase to repatriate Internally Displaced People (IDPs) of North Waziristan agency from Afghanistan has commenced.

FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) official said that all arrangements were made to bring back IDPs through Ghulam Khan area into Pakistan and they are making efforts to repatriate all IDPs in third phase.

The Official said eight families returned to Pakistan on Wednesday adding that only five families had reached North Waziristan from Khost through Ghulam Khan crossing point.

He said that arrangements were made for the return of fifty to sixty families on daily basis. The Official said that it was final phase of repatriation and IDPs of North Waziristan should reach to Gulan Khan camp, Khost.

All benefits of IDPs will be given to those, who will arrive Pakistan through Ghulam Khan. The officials admitted that IDPs had showed concerns about their vehicles in Afghanistan but only IDPs would be sent back home on priority basis while matter of vehicles would be resolved latter on.

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