As Pakistan's Supreme Court puts pressure on the government to recover persons illegally detained by intelligence agencies, officials fear that if they exceed their brief, the agencies will target them too. Earlier this week, deputy attorney general of Balochistan, Malik Sikander, tendered his resignation.
But the court's action seems to be taking effect, with intelligence agencies loosening their hold. People have started to resurface, but in many instances in gunny bags. "The court's action may panic the agencies into killing the people they have detained," said a relative.