Balochistan security: SC wants missing persons presented on Friday

Published: May 3, 2012

SC says an order will be issued if missing persons are not presented; adjourns court till Friday. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: Adjourning the hearing of a case on law and order and missing persons in Balochistan till Friday, the Supreme Court said on Thursday that missing persons should be presented before the court tomorrow otherwise an order will be passed.

Heading a three-member bench, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked that the law enforcement agencies were not providing concrete information about the disappearances taking place in the province.

The chief justice said that he had read the statement of the Inspector General of Frontier Corps (FC) in the newspaper today.

Hearing the case at the Supreme Court’s Quetta registry, the chief justice said that no one was revealing the whereabouts of the missing persons. He said that they are presented before the court but no information is given about where they were kept.

The families of the missing persons started to get their statements penned down in the court. They said that they do not want to be placated with words of encouragement and that they wanted the missing members of their families back.

During Wednesday’s hearing, the provincial government submitted a report on the issue of missing persons. However, despite repeated warnings by the court, the police and other law-enforcement agencies could not produce a single missing person during the hearing.

Over 20 more families of missing persons had also appeared before the court to lodge complaints about their missing loved ones. A relative of a missing person had informed the court that two families had received mutilated bodies of their loved ones a day after they had recorded their statements before the court.

In accordance with the earlier orders given by the chief justice, the three heads of the Federal ministries of the province were summoned to court and were asked to present the missing persons.

The bench had condemned the grisly discovery of bodies in the Uthal area and observed that if the act was some sort of threat, the judges are not scared and will continue their struggle for the enforcement of law.

When asked the provincial police chief refused to guarantee that more bodies would not be recovered from the province. The bench, then, summoned the chief and home minister to seek from them what the police chief refused to commit.

Reader Comments (10)

  • Amir Wayn
    May 3, 2012 - 11:31AM

    Mr. CJ,

    What have you done so far to those terrorists who killed thousands of our soldiers. You were handed over 5000 terrorists caught red handed but none of them has been given sentenced yet.

    What have you done with Shazain Bughti who caught red handed and confessed he did smuggled military grade weapon to wage war against Pakistan.

    Dont be a part of enemy’s game plan.

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  • May 3, 2012 - 11:52AM

    U wont do anything against killers and abductor’s, we still remember what u did for the Karachi people after target killings, we don’t need condemnations we want actions Chief sb.

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  • baloch lover
    May 3, 2012 - 12:18PM

    It is said that ” First casualty in the war is truth”. If CJ is serious to solve the issue , why not he ask the proof of foreign hand involved in Balochistan crisis. If theses are there then the true faces of terrorism will come in front and if not then agencies will be held responsible. There can’t be any mid course.

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  • Ab Dost Baloch
    May 3, 2012 - 1:18PM

    Yes they can convict a Prime Minister, but they can not ask a IG FC to appear before the court because the IG FC and his cousin are the viceroy’s of Balochistan.

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  • May 3, 2012 - 1:19PM

    Cj wants some more publicity stunts, he takes action on everything but never delivered justice

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  • butt jee
    May 3, 2012 - 2:13PM

    Has the CJ thought of doing some thing about the killers of settlers and those who are blowing up gas pipe lines and railway tracks?

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  • Noble Tufail
    May 3, 2012 - 4:09PM

    Full support for Honorable CJ and rule of law in the country. missing people is such a shamefull phenomnon in a democratic country. Rehman Malik, Gen.Kiyani should also be summoned if necessary to produce the missing citizens. @Amir Wayn hold your horses …let CJ decide if Shazain is guilty or not.

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  • wisal khan
    May 3, 2012 - 8:26PM

    Mr CJ why you are not taking Suo moto notice when courts under your jurisdiction giving bails to many terrorists (including caught Red handed ) on daily basis your cowrdly courts demorlising our brave soldiers,FC and police

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  • Mirza
    May 4, 2012 - 12:07AM

    I beg the CJ to stop production of abducted people. The last two times he did, the tortured bodies of the Baloch men were found dumped in the streets. Why he wants them to be killed again and again. The abductor’s answer was “in your face”. Please issue orders against the arsonists and murderers as you yourself have called them. Stop the rhetoric and start the judgment. We need justice no politics from the courts.

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  • Logic Europe
    May 4, 2012 - 1:39AM

    all,actions of CJ are directed to get some revenge against zardari who resisted his appointment
    no one is intersted in justice ,all the justice we see is petty mindedness against an elected government

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