Minister Admits ‘Govt Limitations’ in Missing Persons Cases

Govt Limitations

People Were Violating the Constitution

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah claimed on Tuesday that he had taken up the matter in accordance with the premier’s directives, which included a comprehensive plan to address the problem that, in his words, was “more painful than death,” and that those responsible for “enforced disappearances” of political workers, human rights activists, and other people were violating the Constitution. 

The interior minister, however, appeared to acknowledge the government’s limited authority in this matter when speaking to the media after meeting coalition partner Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) at the party’s temporary headquarters in Bahadurabad. 

Power Successive Administrations

He responded, “There’s no denying and we all know how much power successive administrations have had and [the present one] still has in this regard and what are its other elements,” when asked whether certain enforced disappearance instances originated under the PML-N and PPP’s respective central governments. 

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Later, he confirmed this in a tweet, writing: “It’s a disgrace for the state that instead of holding people accountable, they are taken into custody only for their bodies to be discovered. Everyone is aware of the scope of the government’s authority in this matter. I can promise you that rather than engaging in conflict, we are attempting to find a solution via reconciliation. 

Allegations From Governments

In spite of allegations from the separate governments, civil administrations, and judiciary, Mr. Sanaullah expressed confidence during the news conference that this time the government would stop at nothing to end the threat once and for all. 

The interior minister met in-depth with the MQM-leaders P’s and also met with the families of employees who had been missing for years when he drove to the party’s office shortly after arrival in Karachi. 

He spoke to the media and MQM-P officials after more than an hour of waiting to discuss the specifics of his involvement. This was likely the first time he had expressed his opinions in such forceful terms.

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