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This is ‘Mr Justice’

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WHAT is common to Amina Janjua, Tayyaba Gul and an unnamed Pakhtun woman who ended her quest to find her ‘missing husband’ when a powerful man allegedly asked her at a public forum why she was ‘looking’ for her husband when she was so beautiful that she could have any man she wanted?

The common denominator between these three women was the Commission of Inquiry into Enforced Disappearances. All three of them and countless others took the cases of their ‘missing’ loved ones to the Commission, headed by retired Justice Javed Iqbal since its inception in 2011.

The other factor common to all three women and millions of others like them in Pakistan and further afield is that men in positions of power often act appallingly and even criminally as they believe their role offers them immunity from the law, when interacting with women.

Each one of the three approached the Commission, and even where no improper conduct or sexual harassment was reported, no relief was forthcoming; no missing family member was recovered, despite tall claims by the chairman about how many hundreds secured their freedom thanks to him.

A woman, no matter how much evidence she may have, has a tough time being believed.

Tayyaba Gul alleges her travails started when she and her husband took the case of their missing aunt to the commission. She alleges commission chairman Justice Javed Iqbal, whose National Accountability Bureau chairman’s concurrent tenure ended recently, took an ‘extraordinary’ interest in her.

Ms Gul’s first........

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