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Balochistan govt ruling at its own risk: SC

06 December, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Hearing the Balochistan target killing case, the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday said that the provincial government is ruling at its own risk.

A three-judge SC bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, said the government is responsible for providing security to people but federal and provincial governments have failed to do so.

"Those who are responsible will be held accountable according to law and constitution," the court ruled. Shahid Hamid, counsel for the Balochistan government, submitted a 15-day progress report but the court expressed dissatisfaction over it.

Hamid said that a joint investigation team, consisting of IGP, FC IG, chief sectary and officials of ISI and MI, has been established to maintain order in the province.

"There has been no progress. During the last hearing, we had passed an order to recover at least missing persons but not a single person have been recovered... there is no commitment from this government and police are under pressure as transfers and postings are done by the government," the chief justice said.

The chief justice said the provincial government should take responsibility of killings and disappearances in the province instead of blaming police. He said that besides heads of all the forces, the government has failed to arrest a single person and recover missing persons.

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