NCHR Chairman retired Justice Ali Nawaz Chohan said he had already taken suo motu notice of the matter and directed the Ministry of Interior to inquire about the missing persons and inform the commission.
“The families should also tell us who we should write to for clarification,” he suggested.
On Monday, Mr Chohan was also present at a meeting of the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights. However, the issue of the five missing activists could not be taken up due to the absence of the Islamabad inspector general.
In the application to NCHR, Salman’s brother Zeeshan Haider has stated that though an FIR concerning his brother’s disappearance has been lodged at the Loi Bher police station, “a concerted campaign to malign Salman Haider... has been initiated by certain quarters.”
Referring to allegations that Mr Haider operated a Facebook page that carried objectionable material and comments, the application said: “This accusation is completely false, baseless and fabricated simply to put pressure on the victim’s family, who are tying their utmost to learn of their loved one’s well-being.”
“We pray that NCHR, in its remit as the country’s human rights watchdog, should direct law enforcement agencies to take action against those levelling unsubstantiated and false allegations against Salman Haider and his family, which are tantamount to hate speech and incitement to violence against the victim,” the application concluded.