Federal govt to appeal IHC judgement in Mudassar Naaru’s case

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Tuesday decided to appeal against Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) judgement in Mudassar Naaru’s case, The Pakistan Daily has learnt.

The honourable court had ordered Prime Minister Imran Khan and the federal cabinet to meet Naaru’s family and satisfy them before the next hearing.

Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari had assured the court that the meeting would be conducted, however, sources have revealed that such a meeting may not take place after the Cabinet’s decision to appeal the decision.

In a written order in the missing journalist’s case, Chief Justice Islamabad High Court Justice Athar Minallah ordered PM Imran Khan to direct all agencies working under him to produce Mudassar Naru before the court on December 13th or trace his whereabouts.

In the written order of the hearing held on December 1, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah wrote if the government failed to follow the orders of the court the federal cabinet shall ascertain the agencies and public functionaries responsible for the failure and inform the Court regarding the action to be taken against them.

According to sources, during the cabinet meeting today (Tuesday) which was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the federal government decided not to meet with the family of the missing journalist.

Mudassar Naru, a working journalist, and cameraman disappeared while on a vacation in Naran on August 20, 2018, and has not been seen since.

Commenting on the development on Twitter, Advocate Usman Warraich who is representing Naaru’s family criticised the cabinet’s decision to appeal and stated that the court had already rejected the government’s perspective before.

“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.

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