ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan during the hearing of Balochistan law and order case, has directed the provincial government to file stance whether it would initiate the proceeding against army officials or these case would be handed over to the army for court martial.
Division bench of apex court comprising Justice Ameer Hani Muslim and Justice Athar Saeed during the hearing of case, directed the counsel for FC to hold meeting with Chief Secretary Balochistan and advocate general Balochistan to resolve the issue because the counsel for provincial government has bee hospitalized due to illness. The advocate general has been directed to submit progress report on the issue of Baloch missing persons till next date of hearing.
Home secretary Asad Rehman Geelani, DIG, CID Imtiaz Shah, DCO Khuzdar, Additional Attorney General Shah Khawar, President Balochistan Bar Malik Zahoor Ahmed, and other officials appeared before the court.
The court directed the provincial Home Secretary to provide the security to chairman voice of missing persons Nasarullah Baloch.
The Home Secretary Asad said that government has not sufficient resources to provide security to every individual.
Upon that the court showing annoyance questioned that “whether constitution of the country does not asks for provision of security to the citizens?. You are being directed to provide security of a person who is striving for the recovery of the missing persons, court addressed to Home Secretary.
Justice Ameer Hani Muslim remarked that the protection of the citizens is the responsibility of the government.
Narullah Baloch informed the court that according to the media reports there were 10 mass graves in Khuzdar but district government has hidden the facts, saying that only 13 dead bodies have been recovered from graves, whereas the number of dead bodies is greater than the figures given by DCO Khzdar.
Meanwhile the court was informed that Balochistan High Court (BHC) has formed a judicial commission headed by Justice Noor Muhammad Muskanzai to probe into the issue of mass graves.
The court directed Nassarullah Baloch to file an application before the judicial commission if he has concerns regarding the numbers of the dead bodies.
Nasarullah Baloch informed the court through an application that the names of six persons have been deleted from the list of missing persons although they have not been recovered yet. The court accepting his application made it the part of court record.
Additional attorney general Shah Khawar informed the court that on SC directives cases have been registered against several army officers who allegedly were involved in missing persons case, adding that after registration of the case army has filed application to the provincial government that the cases against army officers should be transferred to the Army for court martial action.
The provincial government has not yet replied on the application because it has sought the legal opinion from the concerned quarters.
The court directed the advocate general to file report on the issue on next date of hearing.
Meanwhile DCO informed the court that DNA tests of the dead bodies recovered from Khuzdar have been sent to Punjab forensic laboratory Lahore and result are expected in 4 to 5 months.
Justice Ameer Hani Muslim remarked that institutions should do their job why the directives of the court are being sought on every issue.
Later the court adjourned the hearing o f case for two weeks.