Balochistan hearing: Present missing persons in court or face arrest, law enforcers told

Chief justice says enough time and evidence has already been given.


Azam Khan July 27, 2012

ISLAMABAD:


The Supreme Court was clearer in its ultimatum on Thursday in a case that seems to be going in circles: recover Balochistan’s missing persons or law-enforcement personnel nominated in the cases will be arrested.


Hearing a suo motu case on the Balochistan law and order situation, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry rejected a statement of compliance with the court’s July 25 order submitted by the province’s Advocate-General Amanullah Kinrani.

The chief justice remarked that the statement it showed no commitment to the issue of missing persons.

The advocate general, upon the bench’s objection, submitted an amended statement, only to have it rejected again.

The chief justice ordered Kinrani to submit a joint statement, signed by the defence and interior secretaries as well as the Inspector General (IG) of Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan, by July 31.

“Get the document signed or produce your law enforcement personnel nominated in the FIRs and we will get them arrested,” the chief justice thundered.

Citing many missing person cases, the chief justice said that the court had provided the concerned authorities with all the evidence.

“We have reached the stage where everything has been identified. We are now providing them an opportunity,” he remarked.

On the other hand, Raja Muhammad Irshad, counsel for the FC inspector general, rejected claims that FC personnel were nominated in complaints.

The bench adjourned the hearing till July 31, after observing that an incomplete statement by the advocate general could amount to misleading the court.

Meanwhile, the chief justice appreciated the prime minister’s move of forming a committee on the Balochistan issue.

Dera Bugti’s no-go area

Kinrani informed the court that only armed people were not allowed in Dera Bugti’s no-go areas, while local tribal disputes also impeded movement.

The chief justice noted that restrictions on mass movement should be removed, but maintained that the area should be subjected to an arms embargo.

“Not a single bullet should be allowed in the area,” he said.

Public domain institutions

While questioning the counsel for the Inspector General Frontier Corps,(IG FC) Justice Jawwad S Khawja said that bearing public criticism was part and parcel of being an institution in the public domain.

“Today, we have gone through a parliament debate in which certain remarks were passed against us but we never bothered.

“We are in the public domain and receive salaries from the public exchequer. How can we say that we are not accountable?” he added.

He reminded Irshad that the media reported many things, which were sometimes unpleasant, but this, he added, was the essence of a free society.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2012. 

COMMENTS (9)

johny | 8 years ago | Reply

yeh thery r all right

Haroon Gul | 8 years ago | Reply

"Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking"....Long Live CJ...We hope these things a forced on the enemies of this nation from within and implemented with full force...The Govt clowns have made people sick enough

VIEW MORE COMMENTS
Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ