Agonising search for missing students
ISLAMABAD, July 21: Wait turns out to be
unending for those frantically searching for their loved ones for the last 10
days since the termination of the Lal Masjid operation.
relatives of missing madrassa students could be found at the Pakistan Sports
Complex (PSC). They still carry the hope that their children would rejoin them
'soon'. Carrying the pictures of their missing children and documents about
them, they run from one information desk to the other.
Seen among the
distressed lot was Muzamil Shah, 80, whose 20-year-old son Muhammad Ali went
missing in the Lal Masjid operation. He was showing his son's educational
certificates to officials at the information desks to prove that his son was not
a Lal Masjid madrassa student.
"My son had nothing to do with the Lal
Masjid. He is a regular student of the Asghar Mall College, Rawalpindi and went
there just to offer prayers before the operation beagn and have been missing
ever since," he insisted. He said the authorities had been keeping mum over his
Shah recalled the Supreme Court's orders to
authorities for arranging a visit of missing students' parents and relatives to
Islamabad/ Rawalpindi police stations and hospitals and regretted the orders had
yet to be complied with.
He claimed that Islamabad Deputy Commissioner
Muhammad Ali had asked him to return home and just pray for his son. "I had not
brought up my child for this day. No one has the right to keep him in illegal
confinement or kill him," he said with tears rolling down his
Meanwhile, officials at the information desks claimed 61
relatives of the missing madrassa students had been taken to the city's
hospitals and police stations. Majority of them found their children there and
those, who could not, opted for submitting applications for DNA tests, they
insisted. They said that by Friday, they had collected 52 samples for DNA tests,
the findings of which would be reported in the next 10 days. Daily times
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