ISLAMABAD: Chairperson of the Missing Persons Commission, Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal took notice of Securities and Exchange Commission (SECP) official Sajid Gondal’s disappearance on Monday.
The Commission has sought a report from the secretary interior and inspector-general police Islamabad relating to Gondal’s disappearance.
Iqbal has also asked Gondal’s family members to appear before the commission in person on Wednesday to discuss the matter.
SECP official Gondal went missing on Thursday evening, with top government officials — including the human rights minister and the premier’s aide on accountability — on Friday ordering the “early recovery” of the SECP official.
In this regard, the Amnesty International’s South Asia chapter had also released a statement for Gondal, saying “a former journalist and an official with the SECP is missing and feared to have been disappeared”.
His family filed a petition at the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking the court’s intervention in the matter. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah directed authorities to recover Gondal by Monday, 2pm.
The petition, filed by his mother, has named secretaries of defence and interior and Islamabad police as respondents.
She has raised concerns that her son could be subjected to mental and physical torture and that the abduction is a violation of his basic constitutional rights.
SECP ‘assisting’ family
Later, in a statement, the SECP officially confirmed that Sajid Gondal is missing and that the authority is providing “assistance” to the family.
“Muhammad Sajid Gondal, who is working as Additional Joint Director at SECP is missing since last evening. SECP as an institution, expresses its solidarity with his family, and is providing complete assistance to the family in this moment,” read the statement.
“The SECP staff are praying and hoping for an early and safe return of Gondal,” it added.