ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s renowned intellectuals have expressed concern over the rising number of missing persons in the country and demanded their retrieval in a written petition to the president, prime minister and army chief of the country.

Around one thousand intellectuals and teachers have signed the petition stating that the ‘enforced disappearances’ had been augmenting the sense of insecurity and social fear in the country. It says that the freedom of speech was being curbed in Pakistan through these ‘enforced disappearances’.

One of the professors signing the petition, Pervez Hoodbhoy, said that people who were vocal against certain policies of the government and the state institutions were disappearing in such incidents.

It is pertinent to mention here that the families of the missing persons often allege the security agencies for the disappearances but the security agencies have always denied the charges.

On the other hand, the government says that it believes in the freedom of expression and, taking the matter of enforced disappearances seriously, is taking measures for curbing such incidents too.


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