Forced disappearances show lack of confidence on law: Shakoor

KARACHI: Pasban e Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor has said that forced disappearances at the hand of State show lack of confidence on law and constitution.

In a statement on the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Forced Disappearances here Sunday, he said the forced disappearance is an international crime. He said when this crime is committed by the state itself it means that the rulers do not believe in their law, constitution and judicial system.

He said in fact the forced disappearance is a hallmark of criminal mafias, which is included in terrorism by the United Nations. He said this crime at the state level began when the judicial system became weakened and ineffective. He said the rulers instead of removing the lacunas of the judicial system and improving investigation methods opted for parallel laws and systems. He said the political leadership is responsible for laws like PPO and military courts.

He said the rulers and those sitting in assemblies are responsible for the missing of the daughter of the nation Dr Aafia Siddiqui, Pasban general secretary Usman Moazzam, his two sons and hundreds of other people, as these politicians never discharged their responsibilities for the uphold of law and constitution.

Altaf Shakoor demanded that to end the crime of enforced disappearances and to take the criminals to the task the investigation system should be transferred from the police to the rangers, who already enjoy the confidence of masses. He asked to improve the functioning of court system so that justice could be doled out to people and double standards of law could be ended for good.

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