ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court hearing of the sou motu case regarding Saturday’s Quetta carnage that killed over 80 people is underway.
During the hearing, Justice Khilji Arif remarked, “How can one thing [raw material for bombs] walk from Lahore to Quetta? What were the intelligence agencies doing?”
Earlier, Express News reported that the chemicals used in the bombing were purchased from the Akbar mandi market in Lahore.
The country’s top court is going through an intelligence report submitted by the federal secretaries for interior and defence, and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) on Wednesday.
According to the report, the civil administration completely failed to control the situation. The exchange of confidential information has since led to 130 operations against terrorists.
Justice Arif also expressed outrage towards the absence of the Secretary of Defence and the summoned Balochistan police officials who were not present in the courtroom.
Not satisfied with the response given by the authorities on the failure of the intelligence agencies to curb terrorist attacks in Quetta, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry asked the government to submit a detailed report assessing the competence of the intelligence agencies by Wednesday.
The Governor of Balochistan and Chief Secretary Balochistan also submitted their replies to the court. The bench, however, expressed dissatisfaction over their responses.
The blast that took place on Saturday, February 16 targeted the Shia Hazara Community in Quetta. The blast sparked countrywide protests and mourning in solidarity.
Pakistan’s top judge, Chief Justice Chaudhry took suo moto notice of the brutal bombing earlier this Monday. The suo motu notice was taken on a notice forwarded by the SC Registrar’s office. Led by a three-member bench, the hearing began on Tuesday, February 19.