Pakistan’s renowned journalist Hamid Mir stated on Twitter that the Commission set up for the recovery of the victims of enforced disappearance is a fraud. A video message from the mother of a missing rights activist Rashid Hussain is attached to Mir’s tweet — in which he said “The commission set up in 2011 under the chairmanship of Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal for the recovery of missing persons is a fraud and this commission should be boycotted.”
Hamid Mir further wrote that “instead of solving the problem it has become a part of the problem, and the real purpose of this commission is only to keep a favorite person of the state institutions in the job even after his retirement.”
The video tweet Hamid Mir retweeted was a message from the mother of a young human rights activist named Rashid Hussain. In the video, Rahisd’s mother says that she was humiliated by a judge named Juctice (retd) Fazl-U-Rehman during the hearing of her son’s case. She also said that hearing dates are postponed every time and many times the judge is not present.
Some other families of the missing persons also revealed that the judge appointed in Balochistan on the missing persons’ commission has humiliated them and treated them inhumanely.
Farida Baloch, sister of missing Rashid Hussain, said that her mother had appeared at the missing persons’ commission in Quetta regarding her forcibly disappeared brother, but the commission’s judge Fazlur Rehman instead of hearing the case during the proceedings, refused to listen to her mother by having an illegal and non-judicial attitude towards her.
Farida added that the aforementioned Judge has repeatedly threatened her mother by calling ISI personnel inside the court in Rashid Hussain’s case.
It may be recalled that several reports have been received regarding the Missing Persons Commission Members’ inappropriate behavior with the victim families — Where Baloch women were also harassed and forced to remove the veil from their faces.
However, despite the reports of these incidents surfaced multiple times, no action has been taken by the authorities so far.