ISLAMABAD

The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances Tuesday announced that it had settled total 139 cases of missing persons in September during its total 355 hearings held this month.

Thus, the total number of cases of enforced disappearances disposed of by the commission now stands at 902 and 1330 such cases are under its investigations, the commission said.

An announcement made by the Commission says that during September 2014, it has traced total 139 missing persons including 19 from Punjab, 91 from Sindh and 29 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Commission held hearings in 183 cases of alleged enforced disappearances pertaining to KP and Punjab at Islamabad. Likewise, hearings were conducted in 62 cases at Lahore and 110 cases at Karachi. Consequent to these hearings, 139 missing persons have been traced, the announcement said.

The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances is comprised former senior most Judge of Supreme Court Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal and Muhammad Sharif Virk, retired IGP that is conducting investigations in the cases of enforced disappearances.

On January 1, 2011, 138 cases of missing persons were transferred to the Commission. And during the period from Jan 1, 2011 to Sept 30, 2014, the Commission received 2094 new cases; thus enhancing the total number of cases to 2232 out of which 902 cases have been disposed of. The current balance of the cases under investigation in the Commission is 1330.

The Commission intends to hold hearings at Karachi and Quetta in October 2014 in addition to usual hearings at Islamabad.