ISLAMABAD: Proceedings in Writ Petition No. 696/2021 (Rana Mehmood Ikram v. Federation of Pakistan) took place today before the Honourable Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
According to the details, the Writ Petition was filed by missing journalist, Mudassar Naaru’s father, in which he has alleged that intelligence agencies are involved in the disappearance of his son.
The Petitioner’s counsels Imaan Mazari-Hazir and Muhammad Usman Warraich (members of the Pakistan Bar Council’s Journalist Defense Committee) contended that State/public functionaries had failed in discharging their obligations vis-a-vis Naaru’s family, including his three year old son.
The Honourable Court has directed the Deputy Attorney General to appear on the next date of hearing, fixed for 29th November, and provide a date on which the Prime Minister and the Federal Cabinet will provide a right of audience to Naaru’s family. If no date is provided by the learned DAG, the Court has directed that the Secretary, Ministry of Interior be summoned on the next date fixed thereafter.
Mudassar Naru, a working journalist, and cameraman disappeared while on a vacation in Naran on August 20, 2018, and has not been seen since.
“Sachal was merely 6 months of age when Mudassir was picked up today he is three and a half years old and there is still no sign of Naru. His mother, Sadaf, stood with us last year at this very moment in Lahore when we demonstrated for Naru’s release but she died while awaiting his return,” explains Rahat Bibi, Mudassir Naru’s mother.
“I sometimes fear that we too will die like Sadaf before ever being able to see our son again. What will happen to Sachal after we too are gone,” asks Rahat Bibi.