Balochistan violence: ISI, MI to give court closed-door briefing

Published: March 23, 2012

THe ISI and MI wanted to brief the court in chamber, a request that the apex court finally accepted.

ISLAMABAD: 

The Supreme Court has asked spy agencies to give a closed-door briefing on the violence in Balochistan, identify hostile areas and explain reasons for the unrest.

At a hearing on Thursday, the court further asked Balochistan’s chief secretary Ahmed Bakhash Lehri to give a report on the incidents of target killings and arrests of the accused over the past three years.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is hearing a petition filed by the Balochistan High Court Bar Association on the province’s law and order situation and target killings.

At a previous hearing, the Military Intelligence (MI) and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had requested that they give an in-camera briefing on the Balochistan issue. The attorney general of Pakistan had told the bench that the ISI and MI wanted to brief the court in chamber, a request that the apex court finally accepted. Both top spy agencies have already submitted their classified reports on the matter.

The court observed that it was the duty of the police and politicians to keep the situation stable in Balochistan. Provincial IGP Rao Muhammad Ameen told the court that law and order is improving and the police have arrested some miscreants.

The chief justice noted the killing of two policemen in the province on Wednesday, while the chief secretary said he believed the law and order situation would be controlled. The situation might look stable on paper, but it is out of control on the ground, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain remarked.

“Residents of the province are forced to migrate due to the worsening law and order situation, as their lives and property are not protected,” chief justice said.

Expressing concern over the closure of schools in Balochistan, Justice Chaudhry said that teachers were reluctant to perform their duties because of the prevailing insecurity, adding that the court should be informed in this regard as well.

On Tuesday, the court had advised the government to convene a grand Baloch jirga to restore order in the volatile province. Chief Justice Chaudhry had said that the chieftains of all tribes in the province, including the Bugti, Marri, Achakzai, Mengal and Raisani tribe, should jointly find a peaceful solution to the problem.

While dismissing the performance of government officials, the court reposed trust in the Baloch themselves. “The Baloch people are more loyal to the country than anyone,” Justice Chaudhry observed.

Domki family murder case

The court also expressed dissatisfaction over the Sindh police report regarding the murder of Mir Bakhtiar Domki’s wife and daughter in Karachi. Sindh police officer claimed that some progress had been made but could not be openly disclosed.

The court had tasked the chief of Sindh police to speed up investigations into the case. The court adjourned the hearing till April 3.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 23rd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Mar 23, 2012 - 6:25AM

    And these are the people who talk about the human rights of people of Kashmir.

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  • Umer
    Mar 23, 2012 - 6:26AM

    Why in-camera? What is ISI/MI hiding from public? How can the agencies be scrutinised when all they do remains secret?

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  • Syed Sajjad bacha
    Mar 23, 2012 - 6:42AM

    In-camera briefing are likely to shatter the confidence of affectees . So, bold steps should be taken to rein in the spy agencies.

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  • Indian
    Mar 23, 2012 - 7:15AM

    Free Balochistan, It belongs to India

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  • WoW
    Mar 23, 2012 - 7:42AM

    It has been over a week that ISI and IM stated to CJ that RAW is involved. Have they submitted the proof or were they talking from their backside?

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  • usmanx
    Mar 23, 2012 - 8:07AM

    Take them to task. What is happening in Balochistan is wrong. We have mismanaged a political problem into a military one. Let’s learn our lessons from our past. Follow up on the agencies with a public trials of medievel feudalists that have also done nothing for our balochi brothers and sisters.

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  • usmanx
    Mar 23, 2012 - 8:08AM

    Vinod, great troll. please let us (the citizenry of Pakistan) discuss this serious matter for ourselves.

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  • Mirza
    Mar 23, 2012 - 8:10AM

    All that rhetoric of the SC judges against the ISI and MI sank like water in sand. Now they are going to go closed doors with these arsonists and killers, as previously stated by these same judges in a populist outburst. How could there be any justice behind closed doors? It is ironic these same justices are trying the elected govt in the UK and want the lower Swiss courts to try the elected president. They are still compliant to the generals keeping up with their ignominious history for six decades.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Mar 23, 2012 - 8:36AM

    I hope they don’t thrash our Judges behind these ‘Closed Doors’. The nation has every right to know the exact position of our standing on thorny issues. What will happen if this in-camera comes out of camera after few days? We have often seen so many classified material in media even before it reaches our courts so please Open-Up.

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  • Salman Orangiwala
    Mar 23, 2012 - 8:45AM

    “Closed door briefing ” = ” Closed door threatening ” ,lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • ASHOK
    Mar 23, 2012 - 11:06AM

    Closed door?

    Please keep the windows open so that the veracity of false evidence presented by ISI and MI can be examined by the civil society of Pakistan.

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  • isi
    Mar 31, 2012 - 2:38PM

    isi and mi i like you

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