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Amnesty International demands action by Pak over pressing missing people issue

Islamabad, Thu, 30 Aug 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Aug. 30 (ANI): The Amnesty International has written to Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, calling to escalate efforts to secure the release of missing people.

According to The Nation, the letter was written on the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, which falls on Thursday.

Amnesty International said it regretted that the Pakistan Government did not take the issue of missing people seriously.

"Thousands of people have gone missing in the country," said the letter, adding that an immense increase had been reported in the number of missing people from Sindh and Balochistan.

Hundreds of people were recovered after the Supreme Court took suo moto notice of the issue. The apex court has been holding the proceedings of missing people case in Balochistan's capital Quetta.

The Peshawar High Court has ordered agencies, police and the provincial government to provide details on the status of 170 people. In February, seven men allegedly detained by agencies appeared before the Supreme Court, a year and a half after being arrested in connection with terror attacks. (ANI)

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