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After more than two years, 4 ‘missing persons’ return

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Families of Shia missing persons sitting outdoor President Arif Alvi’s house in Karachi. — Photo courtesy: Rashid Rizvi/File

Rashid Rizvi, the head of the Missing Persons’ Relatives Committee (MPRC) said, Four people, who had been ‘missing’ for the past three to four years, have returned home.

So far, 27 people who were ‘missing’ have been released due to the protest. Eight more people are estimated to be released soon, Rizvi said. He added the sit-in outside President house in Karachi, that had been underway for last two weeks, has also been wrapped up.

2 persons, who had gone missing a couple of months ago, were released last day. Meanwhile, earlier on Friday, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor — via his personal Twitter account — showed solidarity with the families of missing persons. “We share their pain and we are with them in the process of tracing them […] Let none exploit the issue on whatever context.”

Federal Minister Ali Zaidi, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and other officials had also held talks with the protesters but they had not yielded any optimistic results and the protest had continued.

Police released 17 of the arrested yesterday after 12 hours of imprisonment.

Police released 17 of the arrested yesterday after 12 hours of imprisonment.

Meanwhile, a senior police officer, who wished not to be named, told that the arrested persons were released after representatives of an institution held talks with the organizers of the protest. The police officer hinted that these persons might have been released after getting “some assurances” from the organizers of the sit-in that they would not extend the protest.

 

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