Friday, May 25, 2012

PAKISTAN: The Supreme Court must clarify the comments of the Chief Justice on the possible imposition of a State of Emergency

In a surprising move the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Chaudhry has shown his inclination towards the imposition of Emergency Regulations in the province of Balochistan.  In the cases of disappearances that have actually been brought before the courts the military has shown complete arrogance towards the higher judiciary. They have blatantly refused to disclose their records on persons who have been arrested or abducted even when family members have testified in open court that they witnessed their relatives being taken by the military. This has been borne out by recent videos revealed by the police that the personnel from the Frontier Corp have abducted people in their official vehicles. The police also testified that persons have been taken from their custody by the military without any official orders or legal documents thereby leaving no record of them having been arrested by the military. Therefore, quite apart from the testimony of family members there can be no doubt of the military involvement.

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