Monday, July 9, 2012

Every third missing person in Balochistan abducted by FC: SC

QUETTA: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary said that every third missing person in Balochistan was picked up by the Frontier Corps (FC).
He said the issue of missing persons needed to be addressed to solve the problem of Balochistan. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court on Monday resumed hearing of a petition on the law and order problem and human rights violations in Balochistan at the Quetta Registry of the apex court. The hearing was also attended by Balochistan Home Minsiter Mir Zafarullah Zehri, Balochistan Police Inspector General Umer Khitab and counsel for the FC Raja Mohammad Irshad.
The bench headed by the chief justice, and comprising, besides him, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, was hearing a petition filed by the Balochistan Bar Association on the law and order problem in Balochistan. During the hearing, Balochistan Advocate General Amanullah Kanrani informed the court that “four out of 135 missing persons had been recovered”. The chief justice remarked that recovery of only four missing persons indicated that the provincial government was not taking the issue seriously. He reiterated that security situation in the province was alarming and remarked that the advocate general should inform the court on the government’s behalf in writing that it could no longer control the situation. He directed the advocate general to getthe list of missing persons and provide compensation to their families. Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VFBMP) Chairman Nasrullah Baloch told the bench that a commission on missing persons, headed by Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, had said in a statement that 30 missing persons had been recovered. The chief justice remarked that they had been sitting there from morning until night but could see no progress. He told the FC’s counsel that they did not say that all 50,000 FC personnel were bad, adding that just 50 officers were black sheep involved in unlawful activities.
He remarked that every time the bench went to Quetta, tortured bodies of missing persons started surfacing. The Supreme Court rejected a report submitted by the defence secretary regarding missing persons.  Courtesy Daily Times

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