SC takes suo motu notice of Quetta carnage

Published: February 18, 2013
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Families mourn the death of relatives as they gather with coffins of bomb attack victims during a protest in Quetta. PHOTO: AFP

Families mourn the death of relatives as they gather with coffins of bomb attack victims during a protest in Quetta. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court took suo moto notice of the latest Quetta bombings and issued notices to the Balochistan Advocate General, Muhammad Abdullah Khan Kakar and the  Attorney General of Pakistan on Monday.

The officials have been asked to appear in the apex court for a hearing tomorrow.

The notices that were served by the court through its in-house registrar say that the hearing tomorrow would be an open hearing.

This court notice follows public calls from political and religious organizations including Pakistan-Tehreek-I-Insaf (PTI) and the  Majlis-e-Wehdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM), which called for placing Quetta under army control so that targeted operations against the terrorist masterminds of this attack be undertaken.

In yet another blood-soaked day in Quetta on Sunday, more than 80 people got killed in a bomb blast at a busy market.  The responsibility of blasts has since been taken up by the terror outfit, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

 

 

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Feb 18, 2013 - 8:01PM

    Taking suo motto notice is not enough, You need to punish the terrorists that are already presented to you. You need to punish the likes of Malik Ishaq. This calling and lecturing the AG is just hoodwinking the public.

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Feb 18, 2013 - 8:01PM

    It should be an eye-opener to the hairsplitters of SC, who think that it interferes in administrative jobs. If the govt had been doing its job, SC won’t be taking such notices.

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  • Khanani
    Feb 18, 2013 - 8:02PM

    Like a BOSS ! Thanks !

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  • Time to Ponder
    Feb 18, 2013 - 8:04PM

    another suo motu — added in this list of many non productive in past -just the purpose of gathering media attention of adjudicator’s gestures – some good activity and expected to end up in futile as always

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  • hu
    Feb 18, 2013 - 8:11PM

    finally!!!

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  • Ali (Texas)
    Feb 18, 2013 - 8:38PM

    thousands died…only in a matter of few years….each day, on average, atleast 10 people in karachi are killed…suo motu was taken for karachi too….

    Pakistan have become a slaughter house for the people of Pakistan.
    higher officials are there only to benefit from their seats…and print money.

    bottom line – nothing will happen….yeah, it will look like something is happening…but, nothing will happen.

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  • IAmMe
    Feb 18, 2013 - 8:54PM

    @Iftikhar Emotions aside, a person is only criminal once proven. Till then cannot be punished because some people are cynical about him.

    Bye the way, imagine your self being punished because some people think that you are criminal without evidence. What would you say then? Injustice, right!!!

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  • Truth
    Feb 18, 2013 - 9:00PM

    I can see the hypocrisy in the comments. At first, everyone criticised the CJ for not taking a Sou Motu notice against the shia genocide. And now when he took one, I again see comments where people think that this isnt enough. Guys!!! Cj himself cannot arm himself and fight against the taliban in balochistan.

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  • Syed
    Feb 18, 2013 - 9:19PM

    There is always evidence to convict these outlaws. Police, prosecution and courts just don’t ‘find’ it.

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  • Feb 18, 2013 - 9:27PM

    That’s a positive development.

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  • Alfa
    Feb 18, 2013 - 10:07PM

    Another opportunity for the CJP to malign PPP. The outcome will be same as the notices taken in the past.

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  • Jibran
    Feb 18, 2013 - 10:08PM

    @IAmMe:
    What’s the point of banning an organization, if it’s members are not considered criminals. By associating yourself with such organizations, you automatically become a criminal… period!
    The same applies with the likes of Punjab Law Minister, and his cousin!

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  • Feb 18, 2013 - 10:53PM

    I dont see any results of suo moto actions’ taken earlier but what to do

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  • ali
    Feb 18, 2013 - 11:26PM

    a belated suo motu.

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  • Aslam
    Feb 19, 2013 - 12:12AM

    @Truth:

    Hypocracy? by whom?

    Perhaps CJ should have taken Sou Motu on the judges who released LEJ killers.
    http://dawn.com/2011/07/19/lashkar-e-jhangvi-and-the-lack-of-evidence/

    Perhaps he dared to jail the prosecutors if they were unable to present the case properly in such a important case?

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  • Roni
    Feb 19, 2013 - 12:16AM

    This only proves once again that how compliant the PCO SC is to the rightwing politicians. Only after the rightwing leaders demanded the SC woke up! Several hundred bodies of Shia civilians killed did not move them but politician’s demands did.

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  • Parvez
    Feb 19, 2013 - 1:23AM

    SC should stop playing politics. It has already spent a lot of time on Balochistan but has achieved little. The situation cannot be handled by SC. it is for the intelligence agencies to stop providing safe havens to terrorists.

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  • mirealistic
    Feb 19, 2013 - 1:30AM

    Well done CJP. Thanks for all of this.

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