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.