The Domino effect: Balochistan govt to obey court decree

Published: November 20, 2012
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Provincial cabinet constitute high-level committee. PHOTO: FILE

Provincial cabinet constitute high-level committee. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

The Balochistan government has constituted a high-level parliamentary committee to implement the rulings of the Supreme Court in a case regarding the fluid security situation in the province “in letter and spirit” after a crucial meeting in Islamabad.

However, a number of the provincial cabinet members – including Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)’s provincial president Mir Muhammad Sadiq Umrani – boycotted the meeting, officials familiar with the development told The Express Tribune.

The Supreme Court in its order regarding Balochistan’s law and order case had observed that the provincial government had failed to enforce the Constitution in the province. The apex court had also questioned the provincial government’s legitimacy to run government affairs.

“The meeting decided to constitute a high-powered committee under the chairmanship of the Balochistan chief minister … to oversee the measures taken thus far,” said an official statement issued by the Directorate General of Public Relations Balochistan on Monday.

The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani at the Balochistan House in Islamabad and other senior parliamentary groups of Balochistan were in attendance.

It was revealed that the meeting was unanimous in deciding to implement the apex court rulings in letter and spirit and had already decided to take concrete measures to improve law and order in the province. The gathering also decided to ensure the writ of law and Constitution in the province.

The high-powered committee will ensure regular contacts with the federal government and concerned officials to seek federal assistance for Balochistan’s projects. The parliamentary body will meet every Monday, starting with its first meeting on November 26.

The committee which will comprise provincial home minister, chief secretary, inspector general of the Frontier Corps, home secretary, inspector general of the Frontier Constabulary, and the inspector general police of Balochistan would also keep a close liaison with the federal government, holding meetings with relevant authorities in order to seek federal assistance as and when required.

The newly-formed body also dispelled impressions of any wrongdoings in the ongoing development schemes in the province and decided to involve the auditor general of Pakistan in the case. The decision came after detailed deliberations with law affairs secretary and the advocate general of Balochistan who briefed the senior parliamentary leaders.

The meeting was also briefed by a team of legal experts comprising Advocate Khawaja Haris and Advocate Shahid Hamid on the legal and constitutional aspects in the wake of the Supreme Court order.

Political observers, however, believe that it’s an apparent move to prolong the incumbent set-up. But they have a unanimous opinion that the division among cabinet members will create problems for the sitting chief minister in near future.

Earlier on Sunday, over two dozens cabinet members came to Islamabad to attend the parliamentary group meeting after the Balochistan cabinet passed a resolution expressing complete trust in Raisani’s leadership.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 20th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • ishrat salim
    Nov 20, 2012 - 12:42PM

    This action should have been taken long before, in absence of which SC had to take a tough stand & passed order accordingly….

    2) why the cash strapped govt has to call Provincial meeting in Islamabad…? if the law & order is OK according to all the stakeholders, then why call cabinet meeting in Islamabad, even otherwise, to save tax-payers money, meeting should be held in Quetta….did not SC attended most of its hearing on Baluchistan in Quetta ?

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  • A J Khan
    Nov 20, 2012 - 3:58PM

    This was the meeting of joint criminal conglomerate of all the political parties. Their period in office had been so much of strain, anxiety and tension for the people. They have robbed people of their possessions and dreams. Businesses have closed, teachers killed, doctors kidnapped. No one is safe in Balochistan due to kidnappings for ransom, car lifting, land grabbing by the political high-ups.
    Waiting for someone to come out of blue and wind up this setup.

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  • Kamran Naqvi
    Nov 22, 2012 - 10:03PM

    Democracy is the best revenge from Pakistan !Recommend

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