SC suggests Baloch people hold jirga to resolve unrest

Published: March 20, 2012

Government should request chiefs of all tribes to sit together for peaceful solution, says chief justice of Pakistan. PHOTO: IRFAN ALI/EXPRESS

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.

Reader Comments (13)

  • Jibran
    Mar 20, 2012 - 4:30PM

    Now suggestion to hold Jirgas is pure politics. Isn’t it? Next time Honorable Chief Justice will advise holding All Parties Conference. And then public rallies.

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  • Naseem Islam
    Mar 20, 2012 - 4:34PM

    I am impressed by the remarks of Chief Justice, that there be a tribal chiefs jirga to amicably settle the issues of Balochistan. Lets see if the Chiefs take on this responsibility. It is easy to criticise and blame others but here is a chance for the Chiefs to show that for the sake of suffering Baloch they can get together and provide relief for the people. They have the support of the Judiciary.

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  • S Khan
    Mar 20, 2012 - 4:51PM

    on one hand the holding of the JIRGAS declared as illegal by the same court on the other hand it is recommending the same ?????????????????????????????????

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  • umair
    Mar 20, 2012 - 4:52PM

    Once Jinnah took the decision now its CJ, both are men of LAW.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Mar 20, 2012 - 5:00PM

    What would we do if Jirga unanimously vote for independence of Balochistan?

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  • Yaida
    Mar 20, 2012 - 5:31PM

    @Naseem Islam:
    What would be the point of a jirga? It is not the tribal chiefs who are responsible for the missing persons and mutilated bodies. The agencies must have a meeting among themselves to put a stop to this nonsense.

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  • Mar 20, 2012 - 6:25PM

    For the first time SC said something justifiable and correct

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  • Mar 20, 2012 - 6:26PM

    Wow what an idea ‘to hold a jirga’! ?As if there is a conflict within the nationalitties in Balochistan. The law and order is worsened 700 hundred pople have been target killed from Hazara community alone, and many many people disappeared and mutilated from Baloch and Many business man or traders have been kidnapped from all the communities, yet he is not ordering the suspension of Police I.G or those who are high in the command. What a petty then they say Balochistan is drifting away from their hands. Here in uk If a person is murdered or disappeared the police, media and the government will follow the case up to decades and decades until they solve the problem they will not give any hollow remarks.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Mar 20, 2012 - 8:01PM

    It is not the tribal war that is doing the killing. The Jirga might vote for their independence or at a min removal of all forces from Balochistan.
    The court can leave the politics for politicians and make a legal final order. We have too many politicians populists in the country don’t need more of them do we?

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  • Naseem Islam
    Mar 20, 2012 - 8:08PM

    @Yalda Balochistan is bleeding and there is a conflict of Baloch leaders with the state .In the 70′s Ghaus Bux Bizenjo was the one leader who said that Baloch need to sit and talk with Bhutto and establishment. NAP members who had suffered immensely under Bhutto era balked. In fact Bizenjo was snubbed as’ Gadar e Balochistan. But he said dont let the folly of one man Bhutto destroy future of Balochistan and Balochis. I too though a girl then and having suffered under that regime, was against the idea.But today I know Bizenjo was right. The job of politician is to know what cards he has and play accordingly. Baloch are disadvantaged in that the population is 65 lakh, out of 17 crore Pakistanis and the land area is 45% of Pakistan. The sea has strategic importance & land full of natural resources needed by the rest of Pakistan.The Nationlists are aware any development will bring influx of non balochis turning them into a minority. Hence they instigate the comman Baloch to fight. Fighting will not save Balochistan.It will be suicidal.Be sensible. When the mainstream political parties extend a hand, why do Nationalist rubbish it.Have a Jirga.It means talk in one voice. Last Jirga of tribal leaders declared Khan of Kalat, King with other Sardars paying him homage. That is so archaic.Please be part of the 21st century. Jirga means talk about Baloch youth -the missing persons in One Voice. First get united . at the moment there too many ineffective voices .

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  • Umer
    Mar 20, 2012 - 8:15PM

    Disappointed with the performance of
    the law enforcement agencies in
    Balochistan

    In other words the SC will not take any action against the agencies. Same old same old. Where is Azad Adliyya now?

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  • Umer
    Mar 20, 2012 - 8:43PM

    @Pakistan politics:

    For the first time SC said something
    justifiable and correct

    In other words SC was wrong up until now. Not a very good track record.

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  • Radial
    Mar 21, 2012 - 5:03AM

    Is the suggestion to hold a jirga based on some interpretation of the constitution of Pakistan? If not, why can’t this SC focus on what it’s supposed to and leave politics to parliament? Today a suggestion to hold a jirga. Tomorrow, suggestion to hold a rally? Is this the job of the CJ of a SC?

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