ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court has ordered the Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr Shireen Mazari and the Interior Secretary, Azam Suleman Khan to appear before the court in person on 1 December 2021 in the Mudassar Naaru case.
During the proceedings in the missing journalist’s case, the Deputy Attorney General apprised the court of the fact that a summary has been moved for the cabinet meeting which is scheduled to take place tomorrow after which a final date would be given.
On the previous hearing, the honourable court had directed the Deputy Attorney General to provide a date on which Prime Minister Imran Khan and his cabinet would grant a right of audience to Mudassar’s Naaru’s family who have been trying to find the missing journalist for over 3 years now.
Journalist Mudassar Naaru went missing during a holiday in Kaghan on 20 August, 2018. Since then, his whereabouts have not been ascertained and the state has claimed that he is not in their custody.
Naaru’s wife, Sadaf continued to plead for her husband’s release before she passed away earlier this year in what some have termed “suspicious circumstances”.
Lawyer Imaan Zainab Mazari Hazir who represents Naaru’s family told The Pakistan Daily: “We’re happy that there is progress that is taking place in the court proceedings. We hope that responsibility will be affixed to those who are actually behind the disappearance.”
Imaan Mazari is also a member of the Journalists Defence Committee.
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.