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Balochistan is blazing but no one cares: SC

16 April, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has sought report from defence ministry details about the proceedings being initiated under army act against army officers found involved in enforced disappearances.

The court has also summoned till May, 6 DNA test report from government of Punjab forensic laboratory in respect of dead bodies recovered from mass graves in Khuzdar.

Justice Nasir ul Mulk remarked " why longer period is being spent on DNA test of the dead bodies. Maintaining law and order situation in province is legal and constitution obligation of the state. Occurrence of such incidents daily is alarming and these can not be overlooked. We can not see chaos in Balochistan. The elements involved in enforced disappearances should be punished as per law.

Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali remarked " Recovery of dead bodies from mass graves is matter of grave concern. The problems will not be resolved unless rule of law and constitution prevails in this country. Balochistan is burning and no one is caring for it.

A 2-member bench of SC led by Justice Nasir ul Mulk took up Balochistan violence case for hearing Tuesday.

The court was told during the course of hearing that government has decided to try under army act FC and army officers found involved in enforced disappearances in Balochistan. Proceeding is being initiated in this respect.

The court inquired what action has been taken so far. Details in this regard be presented before it, court remarked.

Report on recovery of dead bodies from mass graves in Khizdar was presented before the court wherein it was said that DNA test could take four to five months as 7 to 8 weeks are required for DNA test of one dead body.

The court expressed annoyance over it remarking the test should not take so much time . Tell us such long period is needed for what purpose. Present the DNA test report till May, 6 and the court be apprised about the army officers who are being tried under army act.

The court adjourned the hearing of the case till May, 6.

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