ISLAMABAD: Disappointed with the performance of the law enforcement agencies in Balochistan, the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday suggested that the Baloch should hold a grand jirga in the province to “resolve the law and order issue permanently.”
A three member-bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was hearing a case regarding the law and order situation in Balochistan.
During the hearing, the chief justice observed, “It is amazing to see that in the area where the writ of the law enforcement agencies is established, such gruesome incidents are taking place.”
The chief justice observed that it was the duty of the state to ensure protection of lives and properties of everyone.
Kanrani informed the court that officials of law enforcement agencies were also being targeted by the terrorists.
“Baloch people are more loyal to the country than anyone,” the court observed. The government should request chiefs of all tribes to sit together for peaceful solution.
The Supreme Court sought a comprehensive report on incidents of kidnapping for ransom in Quetta from the chief secretary and inspector general of police Balochistan.
The chief justice also took suo motu notice of two incidents that had taken place recently in Quetta.
In the first incident, unknown people abducted Advocate Hamza Shahwani on March 18 from Quetta, while the second incident was regarding the failure of police to arrest the murderers of a businessman named Zohaib, who was gunned down in front of his shop on a busy road of the capital city.
Advocate General of Balochitan Amanullah Kanrani informed the court that due to the recent dust storm in Quetta, the IG and chief secretary of the province could not travel to Islamabad.
The court asked the IG and chief secretary to ensure the arrest of the murderers of Zohaib and the recovery of Hamza Shahwani within two days. The Supreme Court also summoned the two officials on March 22.
Domki family murder case
The court asked Inspector General of Police Sindh Mushtaq Shah to inform the court about the progress in the investigation of the murder of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti’s granddaughter in Karachi.
During the proceedings, the court expressed concern that no official of Sindh Police was present in the court to apprise them about the progress in the investigation.
The counsel for Sindh Police told the Supreme Court that the police was not asked to present any progress report today because a progress report in this regard had already been submitted before the court during the last hearing.
“You only want to keep us busy with these useless reports,” observed the chief justice. He said that during the last hearing, a report was submitted by the police but it was not the final report in the case.
The investigations revealed that a “substantial clue” was found to arrest the murderers of Domki’s family.
Chief Justice Chaudhry remarked, “Now we want to know what progress could be possible after that?”
Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said that we will not allow the police officials to “sit idle”. The court will take up the case on March 22.