The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday issued notices to the Interior secretary, Defence secretary, Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances and Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad in a petition filed by Abdul Hafeez Baloch's father, demanding the safe recovery of his son who has been "missing" since February.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the case, where Advocate Imaan Zainab Mazari represented Abdul Hafeez's father, Haji Hassan.
At the onset of the hearing, Advocate Mazari told the court that Hafeez was linguistically profiled while he was studying at the university in the federal capital and later he went missing from Balochistan's Khuzdar.
In the petition. Hassan pleaded the court to issue orders for the release of his missing son, while requesting that the people involved in his disappearance be identified and legal proceedings be initiated against them.
The plea also asked the court to direct Quaid-e-Azam University to conduct an inquiry into those involved in linguistically profiling of students and asked for the report to be submitted to the high court.
The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances would be asked to submit a report in the court with details of all cases of "enforced disappearances", it added.
Later, CJ Minallah issued notices to the respondents in the case.
Hafeez, who is the only student from his district undertaking an MPhil from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad went missing from a private academy in Khuzdar on February 8, reported Samaa. He belongs to the Baghbana Bajoi village of the district.
Baloch students have been protesting outside Islamabad's National Press Club since the last 10 days against Abdul Hafeez's disappearance and the harassment of Baloch students in federal capital and Punjab's universities.
On Wednesday, Hafeez's father travelled from Khuzdar to Islamabad to find his son and joined the protest camp outside the press club.
Following CJ Minallah's remarks in a related case, stating the "enforced disappearance" is an unconstitutional and very serious matter and that no representative of the federal government went to see the grieved students, Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari visited the camp.