The Supreme Court ordered the CID police to investigate three Frontier Corps officers regarding the missing persons’ case and submit a report in 10 days.The bench also issued notices to the Defence Secretary, the IGs of the police and Frontier Corps on failing to cooperate with the court on previous orders.
The three-member bench of the Supreme Court Quetta Registry heard the Balochistan law and order case headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on the third consecutive day on Wednesday.
The court asked the authorities concerned to compile new lists of the missing persons. The list of missing persons should be re-checked and cases that do not have concrete evidence should be named in the ‘suspicious list of cases’, ordered the Chief Justice. The cases in which allegations are made against the police and the FC should be handed over to the Additional Attorney General, he added.
He also ordered the Balochistan Home Secretary to register the cases of the missing persons and hand them over to the police’s Crime Investigation Department (CID). The list of the missing persons should be given to the FC and the Ministry of Defence to search and recover them.
Justice Jawad S Khwaja also directed the families of the missing persons to produce evidence before the court.
Concluding the hearing, the apex court directed that three FC officers, Major Saif, Major Abdul Waheed Multani and Major Moheen, should be handed over to CID as they failed to cooperate with Supreme Court’s orders. The CID should investigate them on missing persons and submit a report to the SC Quetta Registry and the Attorney General.
The Defence Secretary, the FC IG and Police IG were also not abiding by the court’s order on the missing persons’ case and the CID’s performance was unsatisfactory, the Chief Justice unequivocally remarked.
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) chairman also appeared before the court and presented a report on smuggling across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Chaman.
The Chief Justice asked him regarding the rampant smuggling of weapons and vehicles at the border. He also asked whether he had ever bothered to visit Chaman.
The FBR chairman replied that one institution alone could not do anything. “Close your institution then,” the Chief Justice retorted.
In his remarks, Chief Justice Chaudhry said that without deweaponisation, law and order will continue to deteriorate in Quetta and Karachi.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 19th, 2013.