Despite Justice Muhammad Sair Ali’s rhetoric on January that the missing persons case was more serious than the NRO, since the three member bench of the current Supreme Court was formed to decide the missing persons case we have seen numerous delays in the verdict and bizarre developments such as Justice Javed Iqbal declaring in March that no action would be taken against the intelligence agencies in the course of the case.
Now another interesting development has occurred when Mrs. Amina Masood Janjua, the leading petitioner in the missing persons case, conveyed, via a letter to The News that she too does not want to spoil the good name of the “valuable” institutions of the country especially the armed forces
Although I have been seeking justice and continuing my dignified struggle for the release of my husband desperately on all possible platforms it was never my intention to hold anyone accountable or disgrace any of my country’s valuable institutions — most particularly the forces that are the lifeline of Pakistan and have rendered great sacrifices for the nation.
Instead she wants to simply pursue the role of the US in the missing persons issue, without holding the Pakistani army or agencies to account:
therefore, I would say forcefully that since 9/11 our institutions have been pressurised to take unconstitutional measures, follow illegal procedures and indulge in human rights violations — all carried out in the name of the war on terror. I would rather blame the US for the illegal kidnapping of my husband and for the miseries, agonies and sufferings inflicted upon the entire family of my husband, me, three vulnerable teenage kids and aging parents-in-law on their deathbed since July 30, 2005
Now since both the lead petitioner and the Bench have stated that they do not wish to malign the good name of our “institutions” it would seem that the missing persons issue is dead and buried forever. Those missing persons who do not have the good fortune of having such close ties with the valuable institutions of the army and establishment (unlike Mrs Janjua and the members of the judiciary) will have to understand that the individuals who represented their cause have simply changed their minds.