ISLAMABAD: Sachal, the four-year-old son of Mudassar Naaru celebrated his birthday outside the Islamabad High Court after a court hearing was held for his father’s case.
Attorney General Barrister Khalid Javed did not present himself before the court, raising suspicions about the commitment of the government in producing the missing journalist before the Islamabad High Court.
Mudassar Naaru, a working journalist and renowned poet disappeared while on a vacation in Naran on August 20, 2018, and has not been seen since.
Naaru’s family met Prime Minister Imran Khan on 9 December last year who assured them of progress in the case, however, Naaru’s mother has clarified that she has received no updates regarding her son and that the Interior Secretary has stopped responding to her calls following the meeting.
Sachal turned 4 and hasnt spent a single birthday with his father. His mother passed away last year too. I ask the State officials, particularly the generals, if your child had been disappeared, would you have fought for him as peacefully as Mudassar’s family has been fighting for Mudassar?– Advocate Imaan-Zainab Mazari Hazir
Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court, Athar Minallah stated that no further adjournments will be done in Mudassar Naaru’s case and that he will give the final verdict of the case in the next hearing.
Speaking to The Pakistan Daily in an exclusive conversation, advocate Imaan Mazari who represents Naaru’s family said: “In the brief shared with the court, we have prepared a table of liability in which we have referenced various case law and requested fixation of liability on several State officials, including the Prime Minister, the DG Military Intelligence, DG ISI, KP Home Department, etc.”
Imaan Mazari held that the government had clearly made no effort to locate Naaru, either before or after the family’s meeting with Prime Minister Khan.
“In fact, since the meeting between the family & the PM, the Interior Secretary has stopped responding to the family’s calls and messages.
“We live in hope. We are fighting for Sachal and an end to enforced disappearances – no matter what, we will not stop,” Mazari said.
Mazari told The Pakistan Daily that Sachal had turned four this year but hadn’t spent a single birthday with his father.
“His mother passed away last year too. I ask the State officials, particularly the generals, if your child had been disappeared, would you have fought for him as peacefully as Mudassar’s family has been fighting for Mudassar?” she questioned.
In a previous hearing, Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court, Justice Athar Minallah had questioned whether Article 6 (High Treason) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan should apply to the Chief Executives of the country in the matter pertaining to missing persons.
In a previous interview with The Pakistan Daily, Naaru’s mother whilst holding his son Sachal in her arms said: “When this child will grow up, what will he think, that what kind of mercilessness has been done to him. What was the fault of his father? That he spoke the truth?”.
Naaru’s mother told The Pakistan Daily that her son had been reporting on the 2018 elections and had reported on the lack of transparency surrounding the controversial elections.
Mudassar Naaru went missing two days after Imran Khan became Prime Minister.