Court seeks report on compensation payment to missing persons' families.

KARACHI -- The Sindh High Court was informed on Wednesday that in compliance with its earlier order compensation had been paid to 10 out of 12 families of missing persons who had been declared enforced disappearances.

The two-judge bench headed by Justice Mohammad Karim Khan Agha directed the police to use best efforts to trace out the missing persons and file progress report about each of the missing persons on next hearing.

It also ordered the authorities concerned to pay compensation to the remaining two families and asked an assistant commissioner to appear before the court on Jan 18 with a compliance report in this regard.

10 out of 12 victims of enforced disappearances paid Rs500,000 by govt

On last hearing, the bench had expressed serious resentment over provincial authorities for a delay in compensating the families of missing persons and observed that prima facie the matter had simply been held up on account of bureaucratic laxity and warned that an appropriate order would be passed if the process was not speeded up.

At the outset of hearing on Wednesday, an assistant commissioner filed a compliance report on behalf of Karachi commissioner which stated that 10 compensation cheques amounting Rs500,000 each, provided by the home department, had been handed over to the families/beneficiaries of 10 missing persons after completion of all codal...

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