The ruling was passed by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry during hearing of the Balochistan law and order case at SC Quetta registry.
Meanwhile, the court issued notices to IG FC, IG Police Balochsitan and Defence Secretary in missing persons’ case, ordering handover of Major Saifullah, Major Moin and FC cop Abdul Waheed Multani into custody of investigation agencies over their alleged involvement in missing persons’ cases. The court ruled that all these officials should immediately be presented before the court. The order said that the cases should be sent to CID police.
The apex court adjourned further hearing for two weeks.
The court in its order said that the nominated security officers in missing persons’ cases should be included in the investigations, complaining that FC and other agencies are not cooperating in the missing persons’ issue. The court ordered the authorities concerned to submit the progress report on the court orders in office of the registrar Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Additional Attorney General Shah Khawar submitted the report regarding missing persons in the court. Shah khawar requested the court to declare the report as secret. The court after going through the report showed its annoyance saying that the government officers should be presented in court.
The court ordered that the people in uniform should immediately be presented in court without any argument.
During the hearing, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that Afghan people are running their business in an open way which is diametrically opposite to the law. There should be check on them for maintenance of law and order situation.
Chief Justice remarked that the government is bound to give fundamental rights to the people if it can’t arrange security measures for them.
CCPO Quetta Mir Zubair Mehmood told the court that about 19 cases of abduction for ransom appeared this year. Approximately 90 percent of the groups involved in such activities have been rooted out and with the passage of time, security forces would exterminate all the brutes.
Senior counsel Ayyaz Zahoor told the court that his client Dr Manaf was abducted from the bus stop of Pashin, but nobody tried to offer resistance his abduction.
The Chief Justice also consulted about recovery of Dr Manaf who had been abducted late night. Police officer told that main areas of the city have been cordoned off and heavy contingents of police have been deployed to trace the elements involved in the abduction.
CCPO Quetta told the bench that police was busy in protecting the lives of the people. He further told that the city has been cordoned off to recover Dr Munaf. After the incident, SP Bashir Barohi was at a checkpoint when culprits opened fire on him.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry recounting the kidnapping of the Chinese workers in the former chief secretary’s tenure, remarked that cars without any number plate are plying on roads while culprits get weapons from the border areas and return without any hassle. The CJ then instructed the home secretary Balochistan to prepare a list of smuggled weapons in Balochistan.
The home secretary informed the bench that they have prepared an exclusive scrutiny system.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that the federal government is engaged in Karachi; however, the court wants to solve the Balochistan issue at local level. He showed his anger over the absence of records and questioned about the government’s writ.
Chief justice said that no one is ready to work in Balochistan, urging that the cooperation from tribal elders should be sought to control crimes in province.
Chief Justice also ordered the police officer to prepare a list with details of smuggled arms and ammunition. Chief justice ordered the interior secretary Balochistan to provide the complete data of who year including kidnapping for ransom, recovery of mutilated dead bodies, killings, attempts of killings, target killing incidents, bomb blasts and other incidents of terrorism.
He said everywhere including police, FC and customs is bribery going on, adding the dishonesty has reached at its peak and no one is ready to work. He said that the people after committing wrongs have taken refuge in Islamabad.
He said the case is in progress for the past three years but no progress has been made, as yet. The court said that the cases of missing persons should be registered and court will hear these cases in the presence of heirs of the missing persons.
The court observed that the cases should be divided in four categories. In first category the cases against FC, second against secret agencies, third against police and in fourth category the suspected cases should be kept.
Interior Secretary Balochisan Asadullah Gilani told the court that they have launched a special system of check and balance for betterment in law and order situation in the city. Upon this, Chief Justice said, “Visit different areas of the city including Liaqat Bazar and Satellite Town and see what is going on there in the name of so-called rules and regulations. Corruption and nepotism have become hallmarks of the day. No officer of police, FC and Customs is spare of corruption”, said Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
The Chief Justice directed the Interior Secretary to communicate with tribal chieftains for eradication of crimes from the province. Furthering his remarks, he said government officials are committing criminal negligence while rendering their services. In past days, only a police constable used to have a control over the city but here, the situation has diametrically changed.
Chief Justice said that federal government has focused its full attention in restoring peace of Karachi. We want to resolve the issues in Balochistan on local level; otherwise, forces would have to be called for restoration of peace and tranquility in the city as government writ is seldom seen in Quetta.
The court expressed dissatisfaction over the prevalent situation in the province. The bench showed discontentment with the current security situation while the Chief Justice said that police has to ensure implementation of law. Chairman FBR Tariq Bajwa was also appeared before the court. Chief justice while showing annoyance on chairman FBR said that millions of rupees smuggling is being done daily from Chamman border, adding that the powers of FBR are being used by FC. Chief justice said that the FBR was doing nothing. Chief justice directed chairman FBR to present report in court then court will hear his arguments. Chief justice said the SC had rejected 28000 containers but no one has taken notice of this matter.