A citizen cries for help

Imdad Ullah Khyal

I would like to draw the kind attention of the Chief Justice of Pakistan for a suo moto notice and the President, Prime Minister and COAS to use diplomatic channels for the recovery of my missing father namely Haji Abdul Ghafoor Khan S/O Haji Ghandal Khan, who went missing in Madinah during the performance of Hajj-2016. It is to inform that after the lapse of about 105 days, whereabouts of my father, an illiterate octogenarian of Village Masood Khel, Tehsil and District Charsadda, KP is still unknown. The inability of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Pakistan House Madinah to trace the missing Haji has raised questions over the competence and ability of the Hajj Mission Pakistan at Madinah. The lip-service paid by Pakistan House Madinah to the mysterious disappearance of my father speaks volumes about their so-called efforts for his recovery. According to the group member, Haji Kashif Ullah, my father went missing on the second day of his arrival in Madinah, when we were performing ablution in Masjid-i-Nabvi (SAWW). He claimed that after learning about his disappearance, he along with other members of the group visited Pakistan House Madinah to bring the matter to their knowledge, but they were given a cold shoulder instead. Having learnt about the incident, I immediately informed the Ministry of Religious Affairs and other relevant quarters regarding the tragedy but in vain. Being discouraged with the attitude of government officials and relevant ministries, I appealed to the Honourable President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of Pakistan, Army Chief and DG ISI, Minister for Religious Affairs and even the Saudi Ambassador in Islamabad through letters and emails for the recovery of my father, my efforts have not yet come to fruition. Now through this letter, I appeal to the President, Prime Minister, COAS and especially the Chief Justice of Pakistan to do something save me from mental agony which the family is undergoing for the last more than 100 days.

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