Uncovering Truth about the Missing Persons


By Sajjad Shaukat

One the one hand, anti-Pakistan foreign elements have accelerated their conspiracy against

Pakistan to complete their hidden agenda by supporting subversive attacks inside the country

through their affiliated militant groups. On the other hand, they follow the blame game of

Indo-Israeli lobbies which are well-penetrated in the US-led European NGOs, human rights

organizations and media, and leave no stone unturned in distorting the image of Pakistan by

manipulating any issue. Unfortunately, without taking cognizance of reality, some internal

entities of Pakistan also speak in the tone of external elements.

In this regard, the case of missing persons is being exploited by domestic and foreign media,

deriving vigor from International Commission of Jurists, Amnesty International, Human Rights

Watch and by observance of International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances.

The anti-Pakistan forces are also trying to strengthen the case against Pakistan through a

premeditated narrative that the government of Pakistan has not made any worthwhile efforts

to end illegal abductions, providing justice and compensation to the concerned families. They

also propagate that government is either complicit or powerless to stop the intelligence and

law-enforcing agencies from abductions. Some propagandists persistently make noise that

intervention of the Supreme Court of Pakistan about the missing persons has been disregarded

at the cost of contempt of court. Such propaganda contents on their face value may appear

convincing, but the truth lies much below the surface of misinformation.

Although every Pakistani including personnel of the intelligence and law-enforcing agencies feel

sympathy with the concerned families and the disappeared persons, yet we need to uncover truth

about the missing persons. Unfortunately, the so-called victims are involved in terrorism due to

perplexed and mystified chaos created by the US intervention in Afghanistan.

While, majority of the missing persons have been killed in bomb blasts, target killings, ethnic

and sectarian violence in various places of Pakistan, arranged by American CIA, Indian RAW

and Israeli Mossad and their supported militants outfits, particularly Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan

(TTP). In case of Balochistan, everyone knows that Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and

another group, Jundollah (God’s soldiers) which have been fighting for secession of the province

gets logistic support from CIA and RAW. Their militants kidnapped and killed many innocent

people and the security personnel in the province, while claiming responsibility in this respect.

And since 2001, a majority of Pakistanis also left for Afghanistan for Jihad purposes, without

informing their families, while many people joined the Jihad groups.

It is a challenge for the whole nation that various terrorist organizations like TTP, BLA,

Jundollah, Lashkar-i-Janghvi, Lashkar-e-Islam, Sipah-i-Sahaba and some similar organizations

have felt pride in murdering the innocent people and killing the personnel of the security forces

including those of the intelligence and law-enforcing agencies.

No doubt, Pakistan’s law-enforcing agencies and intelligence organizations which are well-
prepared in coping with terrorism are engaged in identifying and locating the terrorist networks

and their support-bases including informers and accomplices, but were discouraged as their

actions were being challenged through courts of law regarding the validity and legality of their

decisions. The insurgents’ lawyers availed the opportunity by indicating procedural penal flaws.

Thus many terrorists were freed by the courts due to lack of solid evidence in legal terms, though

reality of their subversive activities existed.

Fight against terrorism envisages collection and cross checking of information, having

intelligence value. The efficiency of the intelligence and law-enforcing agencies gets adversely

affected as courts’ press on the case of disappeared persons involved in terrorism. Owing to this

practice, efficiency of law-enforcing agencies drops to zero level, giving a greater setback to war

against terrorism and making the concerned official insecure in face of judicial grilling.

In legal perspective, law-enforcing and intelligence agencies are faced with the dilemma of

protecting the witnesses. The terrorists are not only well-equipped, fully trained and skilled

to use lethal weapons, and pose serious threat to these security agencies, judges, prosecution

lawyers and other state functionaries, but also to the witnesses required to provide evidence in

When terrorists under custody are released by the court because of judicial discourse, they

join their main terrorist networks, thereby strengthening terrorist groups. While, the cause

of terrorists get glorified at the cost of courts and the security agencies which are being

discouraged. And, consequently, this ‘new style war’ turns in favor of terrorists instead of law-
enforcing and intelligence agencies which may suffer more in the hands of terrorists.

However, Pakistan is victim of terrorism and is committed to fight this menace with full vigor

and sincerity. Therefore, government of Pakistan, the intelligence and law-enforcing agencies

are on the same page in war against terrorism. In this context, Operation Zarb-e-Azb is a case

in point. It is noteworthy that for the last few months, Pakistan’s Armed Forces are successfully

obtaining their objectives in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) through this military operation

against the terrorists who had challenged the writ of the state, and had frightened the entire

nation by their terror-acts. They have broken the networks and backbone of these ruthless

militants. Besides, the Armed Forces are also engaged in coping with subversive activities in

Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and other parts of the country including tribal areas and

cross-border infiltration from Afghanistan’s side.

Nevertheless, international Human, Rights Commissions and outfits collect data without

considering domestic ground realities which present the candid truth. In order to address the

truth of missing persons, the legal system of Pakistan must be reformed to provide protection

to witnesses, prosecutors and judges. Otherwise, making noise at local and international media

will further distort the image of Pakistan. And the issue will keep haunting the government,

intelligence and law-enforcing agencies, and the impartial Human Rights Organizations, while

the anti-Pakistan propaganda will keep the entire Pakistani nation divided so as to achieve the

sinister designs of foreign entities at the cost of the country.

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