The high-level delegation led by Olivier de Frouville arrived on Sunday and will stay in Pakistan until September 20, gathering information on cases of "enforced disappearances". – Reuters (File Photo)

ISLAMABAD: A UN delegation has arrived in Pakistan on a 10-day mission to investigate cases of “enforced disappearances” plaguing the country at the invitation of the government, a spokeswoman said on Monday.

International and Pakistani human rights groups estimate thousands of people have been kidnapped and detained in secret prisons in the past decade, allegedly by security forces.

The Supreme Court is already investigating cases of missing people in the southwestern province of Balochistan, where the military has been accused of rights violations in its bid to put down a separatist insurgency.

“The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has arrived in Pakistan at the invitation of the government,” UN spokeswoman Ishrat Rizvi told AFP.

She said the high-level delegation led by Olivier de Frouville arrived on Sunday and will stay in Pakistan until September 20.

“The UN experts will gather information on cases of enforced disappearances,” the UN said in an earlier statement.

They will also study the “measures adopted by the state to prevent and eradicate enforced disappearances, including issues related to truth, justice and reparation for the victims of enforced disappearances”.

The Supreme Court's investigation of the missing in Balochistan is the latest effort aimed at bringing the powerful military and intelligence agencies to book over mass arrests of alleged terror suspects, many of whom are never seen again.

“The visit of the group will provide an opportunity to highlight the efforts being undertaken by the government to address this important issue and to further improve the relevant procedures”, the Pakistani foreign ministry said in a statement.

The mission will meet members of the civil society, media, jurists and officials from the foreign and interior ministries to prepare their report.

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Sep 10, 2012 07:22pm
UN investigative team? What a farce (remember Benazir's murder investigation?)! The UN was created to serve humanity. It serves only UNCLE SAM! Its sole function is to provide a cover of legitamcy for the new crusader's aggressions against the muslim world. Does anyone know how many muslim countries have, since WWII, been invaded, robbed, occupied, destroyed by DEAR NUNCLE SAM? Go on surprise yourself, find the answer and tell the World! If the 'haqfoundation' (1st comment) raises this question every day, it will be doing a haq( right, true) job!
Abdul Hadi
Sep 10, 2012 05:40pm
No extra judicial killing including drone or by agencies can be justified in any case. Please stop kidnapping innocent people from Balochistan, they are brother of other people living in Pakistan and equal citizen of country. I am punjabi ethnically but I am proud of Nawab Akbar Khan Bhugti and we need more leaders like him who stay with their people. I request all Balochi brothers please don't take law in your hands and struggle peacfully throught political process. God protect all my country men. I agree Pak should stop assisting militants and then drone will disappear.
Sep 10, 2012 03:56pm
UN should also "investigate" the killings of innocent "settlers" in Balochistan.
Sep 10, 2012 12:55pm
Pakistan is not part of terrorism.But this terrorism which is going on is imported from America. America provides all kind of support to terrorist groups in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan to take control of this territory.
Dr Mian Amir Sohail
Sep 10, 2012 11:28am
UNO should also have the courage to denounce the 99% inaccurate killings of the innocent citizens in the US drone attacks. The US govt should be taken to task and the case should be heard in the war crimes tribunal. The Nobel peace prize should be taken back from Obama.
Sep 10, 2012 11:38am
All human right activists around the world hope that agencies in Pakistan wwill show respect to Baluchis. Who ar. also citizen of their country.
Sep 10, 2012 12:06pm
Once Pakistan stops supporting all types terrorism and eradicate from its soil then automatically drones will disappear and prosperity will return Pakistan.
Akhter Husain
Sep 10, 2012 02:58pm
The UN does not bother about collateral damage as they are not humans.The government of Pakistan has done well by inviting representatives of UN to see the truth by themselves.
Sep 10, 2012 12:55pm
Right on Srini
Sep 10, 2012 01:05pm
Interesting opinion Sirni. So drones keep killing innocent people and their families and what happens when they fight back. OH! we call them terrorist. I wonder if they would be considered as law abiding civilians if they would just turn around and die.