Border fencing only cure to Balochistan: SC
17 September, 2013
QUETTA: The Supreme Court said on Monday that peace in Balochistan could not be restored unless the borders are protected and fenced.
"Our neighbouring countries have been working to fence their side of border, but we have left our porous borders (open) for the smuggling of weapons which is the main cause of grim law and order situation in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Karachi," the chief justice remarked while hearing the law and order case in Quetta Registry of Supreme Court.
A three-member bench of the court comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Sheikh Azmat Saeed resumed the hearing of a constitutional petition filed by Balochistan High Court Bar Association president on lawlessness in Balochistan.
Expressing his dissatisfaction over the steps taken so far for maintaining peace in Balochistan the chief justice said there is a dire need to enhance control on the borders and keep check on the infiltration of arms into Pakistan. Shahid Hamid, counsel for the Balochistan government, apprised the court about the steps taken for maintaining peace in the province.
However, the apex court said that progress so far made for brining situation under control seems to be paperwork only. The court also rejected the report of the FC IG regarding the missing persons.