Release of missing persons in Pak demanded

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Islamabad, Nov 7 : A leading human rights organization in Pakistan - the Defence of Human Right (DHR) has reportedly urged the federal government to locate and release the missing persons who were abducted by intelligence agencies during the previous regime.

DHR Chairwoman Amina Masood Janjua said that for the release of missing persons, she had written letters to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief, President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, the chief of the army staff and the Military Intelligence (MI) Director General.

A large number of people were "kidnapped" by intelligence agencies during the tenure of the previous government and handed over to the Americans, she said, adding, "We will move any court in the world for the recovery of missing persons."

Janjua said that she had also written to the US ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson, the US secretary of state and the Pentagon for the recovery of missing persons, reported the Daily Times.

The DHR chairwoman called upon the government to finalise the "price tag" for each missing person so that their relatives could pay that amount and have dears one released. "Only 580 missing persons are registered with the government, whereas the actual figure is about five thousand," she added.

Anwar Fatima, the mother of Rana Naveed, who was arrested in connection with the Musharraf attack case in 2003, said that her whole family, including two daughters and three sons, were abducted by the agencies, although they had no links with the people responsible for the attack.

"My children were tortured. My daughters were freed after one year and my sons spent two years in prison," she said and added she herself had spent three years in jail.

ANI

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