SC directs Balochistan CS, IGP to submit report on law and order
07 March, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Wednesday directed Balochistan chief secretary and inspector general of police to submit implementation report regarding the steps taken by the provincial government for maintaining law and order in the province.
During the hearing of the Balochistan target killings case, the Balochistan government's counsel, Advocate Shahid Hamid, told the Supreme Court that lack of coordination between the provincial authorities and security forces was one of the main reasons for the failure to curb terrorism in the province in the past. Giving his arguments, Hamid told the court that the process of coordination had been improved after the imposition of governor's rule in the province and better results had started coming in.
A two-member bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, while adjourning the hearing of the case for two weeks, directed the Balochistan inspector general of police to submit complete report about the steps being taken to stop terrorist attacks in the future.
During the hearing, Justice Gulzar Ahmed remarked that the phenomenon of terrorism is not new in the world and the authorities should study how the menace was countered by different countries in a bid to chalk out a practicable and feasible strategy to put down the terrorists. Meanwhile, Mushtaq Sukhaira, the newly appointed IGP of Balochistan, told the court that the Crime Investigation Department (CID) and intelligence wing of Balochistan police are ill-equipped to counter terrorism in the province and finding it hard to safeguard the lives of the citizens.
"I have initiated a programme to train the CID and improve the working of the intelligence gathering department of Balochistan Police by inducting more staff and starting a police training school like that of the Punjab Police," he declared.
Earlier, responding to the IG's argument that the Balochistan Police was finding it hard to counter terrorism because of inadequate resources, Justice Sheikh observed that no excuse should be given for failure to protect the basic right to life.