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Tears of the "missing"

It was an emotion-filled scene for reporters covering the production before the Supreme Court on Monday of the remaining seven of the 11 prisoners who had mysteriously gone missing from outside Rawalpindi's Adilyala Jail in May 2010.

The prisoners fell into wordless embrace of their relatives and remained locked there crying and thanking Allah for the little mercy.

A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez had ordered Advocate Raja Muhammad Irshad, the legal counsel for directors general of the Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence, and Judge Advocate General (JAG) for the first time to ensure the suspects' production at all cost on Monday.

The court had taken up a petition of Ruhaifa, mother of three brothers picked by the agencies. One of them was later found dead.

The prisoners produced before the court were Mazhar-ur-Haq, Shafiq-ur-Rehman, Muhammad Shafiq, Dr Niaz Ahmed, Abdul Majeed, Gulroze and Abdul Basit. Four of them were brought from Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital and three from the Internment Centre in Parachinar. - Text from the newspaper

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Khurram Mansoor
Feb 14, 2012 04:10pm
i appreciate the judiciary for such a brave act, BRAVO!
Feb 14, 2012 08:26pm
Is Abu Gharib Jail or Guatemala situated in Pakistan.? What a shame for all of us. Long Live Supreme Court of Pakistan and its Noble Judges.
dr zahid pervez
Feb 15, 2012 12:10am
shameful.......that old lady mother of these missing sons died today atleast she could see her sons face before dying
Feb 15, 2012 09:29am
please no pakistani should feel any mercy for these terrorists and extremists..they have have killed more then 50000 pakistanis,we need a judicial system which can punish such people instead of agencies doing it,which is off-course wrong.but till the time that happens there must be some one in our country to deal with such sick lot may it be army or agencies.we respect the tears of there families but we cant forget the tears of other 50000 innocent familiees of our nation,and these 7 persons are part of that muderous group which inflicted this unforgetable agony on us.
Ali nawaz
Feb 15, 2012 10:15am
We should be proud of our judiciaries firmness in the case of missing persons
Feb 15, 2012 11:11am
Real justice will only be done when these wretched souls are released and come back to their families.
Junaid Khan
Feb 15, 2012 01:22pm
Hearing the death of Ms. Rohaifa after seeing her son is one more nail in our collective conscience where this society has gone down to such low moral values that it does not even think over the emotions of a mother whose sons have gone missing for years. she became unstable soon after meeting her son and learning about the circumstance in which one of her son died. I have this gutt feeling that even as a citizen of Pakistan my hands are stained with her blood as well. At the same time, I am happy that this unfortunate mother has been relieved of her miseries. May your soul now rest in much desired peace which long eluded ur eyes. I am sorry, I was an incompetent citizen of Pakistan who does not deserve to share heavens with u.
Syed Mohammad
Feb 15, 2012 03:03pm
I follow the point mentioned by Mr. Junaid Khan. It was a blessing for that mother to pass away because she would have ended by seeing the corpses of her sons. We call ourselves Muslim but do we ever think what the responsibilities of a Muslim are?
Feb 15, 2012 03:14pm
shameful…….that old lady mother of these missing sons died at least she could see her sons face before dying. The pain of missing someone can only be realized when you lost your loved one but what would be the feeling when u r completely uncertain about the life or death of you beloved? Its cruel, unjust & misery.
Feb 15, 2012 04:53pm
I totally agree with Junaid , there is no excuse for us for such a moral negligence on whole of societal level.
Feb 15, 2012 07:25pm
ao mr. umair you have judge them criminals by yourself with prosucuting them in court of law so it is justified to pick up any one and agencies themself decide....
Feb 15, 2012 10:55pm
Umair, Justice is a fundamental right. The agencies cannot be, "Judge, jury and executioners". There has to be a fair and just trail. I don't believe your kind mother would appreciate if you went missing ... and were brutalized by the agencies? Ask her?
Feb 16, 2012 10:46am
may Allah have mercy on us... though I see no reason...