Mastung attack: Pilgrims going to Iran must obtain NoC, AG tells judge

Published: September 26, 2011
Pakistani Shiite Muslims shout slogans against the killing of community members in Quetta on September 21, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani Shiite Muslims shout slogans against the killing of community members in Quetta on September 21, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: The division bench of the Balochistan High Court heard the suo motu case of the Matsung incident on Monday.

Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Essa and Justice Mohammad Asim Kakkar were hearing the case of the Mastung attack in which at least 26 people were killed last week.

(Read more: 29 killed in Mastung, Quetta ambushes) 

Advocate General of Balochistan, Mr Amanullah Kanrani appeared before the bench and submitted a report on behalf of the Balochistan government.

Kanrani said a high power committee has been constituted under the Home Department, which will investigate the security lapses that resulted in the death of 26 people.

He also added that the number of police and security officials have been increased in the province to improve the security situation.

Kanrani also told the court that no pilgrim can go to Iran without obtaining a No Objection Certificate (NoC) from the Home Department of the province.  After being issued an NoC, adequate security arrangement will be made for the pilgrims, he said.

The investigation of this matter has been taken from the levies force and given to the Crime Investigation Department (CID).

The court said the government should take this matter seriously and that an experienced officer should be appointed for the investigation of this case.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Gorgh
    Sep 26, 2011 - 4:20PM

    It is sadening to hear that AG Balochistan impose an act / demand from people which directly or indirectly mean subjucation of rights of the people guranteed to them by the Constitution of Pakistan; further griefing is that, the demand of such document (NOC) is made before Chief Justice of High Court, who is supposed to be the custodian of the Constitution of Pakistan. One wonder, was the imposition of NOC on people is studied, was its repercussion / future implications analysed/assessed. What course of action will be adopted for people proceeding for performance of Umra & Hajj. Do they also req to obtain NOC for the performance of Umar & Hajj to Saudi Arabia ( Mecca) from Home Dept of Govt of Balochistan besides getting Visa for the purpose.


  • Ali Mardan
    Sep 26, 2011 - 6:55PM

    Agreed – a uniform and sustainable policy should be adopted through out the country. Report submitted by the provincial Government is violation of basic human-rights. Instead of provision of proper security, public are being restricted from freedom of movement.
    Only increasing the number of security officials in the city would not have a positive impact on improvement of security measures in the provincial capital. Intelligence sharing/ coordination between military and civil armed forces can avoid such barbaric act of terror in future. A well armed and well equipped crisis response team is much needed at current law and order scenario.


  • Maryam
    Sep 27, 2011 - 1:26AM

    What about the terrorists? Will they also obtain a No Objection Certificate too for their next terror? What is this joke? Instead of stopping terror, now government is harassing victims.


  • Truth
    Sep 27, 2011 - 1:43AM

    The way of terrorising it’s citizens, Pakistan (Especially Punjab) has adapted barberic techniques. No matter Shia or Sunni, it is not important. It is to think what Punjabis have become!! Look at Parachinar’s victims in the past. Their limbs were cut off, heads! How come Punjab government release a leader of inhuman terrorist gang Lej??? Punjab .. Punjab….!!! You have foxy ways. Used Pashtuns, killed Pashtuns, killed Baluchs with the same LEJ gang. Balochis are not our killers directly! We will unite in Afghanistan. And kill the Durand line for which Punjab has been struggling. Exporting Terror to Afghanistan. We remember when we saw Pakistani currency, Pakistani Telephon system. How can Afghans get rid of your cancer will soon be dicovered. May ALLAH show all the Pakistanis the right way.


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