Balochistan unrest: With classified reports in hand, proceedings move to Quetta

Published: March 7, 2012
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Supreme Court tells Sindh Police to progress report on investigations into Domki family murder. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Supreme Court tells Sindh Police to progress report on investigations into Domki family murder. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: After receiving long-awaited classified reports from the army headquarters and the country’s premier intelligence agencies on the security situation in Balochistan, the Supreme Court decided on Wednesday that it will continue hearing the case from March 20 – in Quetta.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, issued notices on Wednesday to Attorney General of Pakistan Maulvi Anwarul Haq, the Balochistan chief secretary and the advocate general of the province to appear before the court and brief it on the steps being taken to control the worsening law and order situation in the province.

The hearing, said the bench, will now take place in Quetta, the capital of the troubled province. The move is reminiscent of the apex court’s decision to shift proceedings of the Karachi target killing spree case to the port city.

During Wednesday’s hearing, the AGP handed over two reports to the chief justice – one from the General Headquarters and the other on behalf of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) – requesting that they be kept confidential.

The court returned the reports to the attorney general, directing him to submit them to the court registrar’s office in a sealed envelope.

After going through these reports, the court will decide whether to hear the case in a chamber (closed hearing) or in open court.

The court also asked the Sindh police to present a report before the bench regarding police investigations into the target killing case of Balochistan MPA Mir Bakhtiar Domki’s family in Karachi.

Furthermore, the chief justice said that the situation in the province is becoming increasingly worse as bodies are being recovered on a daily basis.

“Why does Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani not take interest in making improvements of the circumstances in his province,” the chief justice said, adding that areas such as Makran and Khuzdar are the worst-hit.

Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, another member of the bench, remarked, “As people spend terrifying sleepless nights, the ones responsible for calming them remain fast asleep.”

The chief justice suggested that a jirga of all disgruntled Baloch leaders, including Ataullah Mengal and Khair Bux Marri, should be convened to tackle the situation.

One of the amicus curiae, Amirul Mulk Mengal, former chief justice of the Balochistan High Court, said that no concrete steps were taken by the provincial or federal governments, adding that there is no writ of the state in the province.

He said that more than 50% of the incidents relate to domestic, rather than political, disputes.

Schools remain shut while basic facilities and employment opportunities for the youth are fleeting, he said, suggesting the formation of a reconciliatory body to control the situation. But he said that only the government could handle the situation.

The court asked him to give his suggestions in writing so that it could share them with the relevant authorities.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 8th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Falcon
    Mar 7, 2012 - 10:26PM

    People say why judiciary is so overactive. I think it seems like the only institution that is awake. Rest, as noted above, are busy sleeping.

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  • smj
    Mar 7, 2012 - 10:35PM

    Bravo. A good step by CJ

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  • observer
    Mar 8, 2012 - 12:11AM

    Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhamamd Chaudhry on Wednesday asked of Balochistan Chief Minister Nawabzada Aslam Raisani why had he not taken steps to address the situation.
    According to one report,

    On February 29, the heads of the ISI, MI and IB were supposed to appear at the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence to give it a briefing on the security situation in Balochistan, but the heads of the ISI and MI chose to absent themselves from the occasion. Only the DG IB appeared and suggested opening up of a dialogue with the Baloch dissidents. His proposal is a good omen but the question is: why are the spymasters of the ISI and MI disinclined to appear before the committee?
    http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=201237\story7-3-2012pg3_2

    If even this does not clarify the situation, I suggest we play “Inky, Pinky, Ponky” to divine the reason.Recommend

  • hassan ali
    Mar 8, 2012 - 12:14AM

    Why C.J. you should know because army calls the shots….all of balochistan knows.

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  • Khan jr
    Mar 8, 2012 - 12:16AM

    The judiciary appears to be wasting its valuable time and efforts. CM Raisani is on public record, on several occasions, stating that there is a parallel and more powerful ‘govermenr’ running Balochistan affairs. So it’s no surprise that he has been spending more than a few months in Islamabad leisurely tooling around on his Harley Davison motorbike.

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  • Shery baloch
    Mar 8, 2012 - 12:28AM

    Good work CJ you have to watch it more closely…. Hats off for you.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 8, 2012 - 12:34AM

    Chief Minister Raisani do not have any control on his sons (who beat people and the police official in Karachi, the reports of which has been published in the print and electronic media) how can he improve the situation of Baluchistan?

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  • Nasir Mengal
    Mar 8, 2012 - 12:43AM

    Sorry to say but he is incompetent and non-serious person.

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  • Scepter
    Mar 8, 2012 - 1:13AM

    CM Balochistan’s answer will be:
    “Halaat halaat hotey hain chahey achay hoon ya buray”

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  • Tariq
    Mar 8, 2012 - 1:22AM

    Coz….CM CM hota ha …deserving ho ya nahi!

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  • Babbarsher khan
    Mar 8, 2012 - 2:15AM

    Wow, great question indeed. And here are the samples of some similar question with equal greatness, why is Pakistan so poor and govt could not change the situation?, Why govt could not stop sectarian violence? Why govt could not reduce price increase? and finally, why no one could stop judiciary from poking its nose in every damn issue?

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  • American Desi
    Mar 8, 2012 - 3:36AM

    This CJP is more concerned about creating an image for himself and he is not serious about solving any issues. He is only good for settling personal scores and to count who carries how many bottles. He knows who is really in control in Balochistan and it is not Raisani! He is just a wolf in Judges gown. Wake up!

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  • Naseer
    Mar 8, 2012 - 3:47AM

    CJ should block the liquor supply for Chief Minister Raisani and then ask him the question; until then the only response from the CM will be nothing but non-sense.

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  • usman786
    Mar 8, 2012 - 6:30AM

    FC works under provincial govt. Are the PPP leaders weak not to check them? They ve govt in federal? Unless they have some other designs? Someone tell Z what is 10% of gold mine to develop his interest. President is a Baloch so he needs to more effective role. It could last elections if they bycotted them

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  • Feroz
    Mar 8, 2012 - 9:53AM

    Why are the Agencies so scared that they want to give their replies in sealed envelopes. Why should what is in national interest be hidden from the people who are the ultimate bosses. Why should any hearing be conducted in Chambers rather than in open Court.Recommend

  • Baloch
    Mar 8, 2012 - 10:53AM

    Let my people go!

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