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SC gives govt two weeks to produce missing persons

05 May, 2012

QUETTA: While hearing missing persons' case, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry on Friday gave a two-week deadline to the Balochistan chief secretary, the inspector general of police and the FC DIG to produce the missing persons before the court.

He said orders were issued to the president, the prime minister, the Balochistan chief minister, the defence and home secretaries but there was no response. The CJP is heading a three-member bench, comprising Justice Khilji Arif and Justice Tariq Pervaiz.

Justice Chaudhry warned that if the police failed to produce the missing persons then orders would be issued under the constitution. In a latest development, the court was informed that three missing persons reached their homes on Thursday. They were identified as Muhammad Karim, Safar Khan and Dawa Khan. Relatives of another four missing persons informed the court that they were in the custody of FC. The court ordered the home secretary to recover the four people within two weeks.

Mother of Shabbir Sumalani said her son was whisked away by armed men soon after the Brewery police released him in 2009. The court ordered the SHO concerned to produce Sumalani within two weeks or submit a progress report. The court also issued notices to former CCPO Abid Notkani and former DIG (operations) Shahid Durrani in this regard.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday said that issue of mutilated bodies of missing persons would be resolved in a week as restoration of law and order in the province was the government's top priority.

He said this while inaugurating a passport office in Khuzdar District. Strict security measures were taken during his visit. Malik asked estranged Baloch to end their hard life in mountains and join national mainstream. He said, "We are contacting dissident Baloch leaders, including Brahamdagh Bugti, Hyarbyar Marri and Sardar Akhtar Mengal and soon the process of dialogue will be started."

He strongly rejected the statements by Baloch nationalists that military operation was on the go in Balochistan. "No military operation is underway in Balochistan, however, army is only deployed in Sui for the security of Sui installations," he added. He assured that the dumping of decomposed bodies of Baloch missing persons would be stopped within a week and the missing persons would also be recovered. The interior minister said that the next meeting of the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package would be held in Khuzdar.

He directed police and Balochistan Levies to take all measures to protect people and their property. In order to curb robberies on the RCD Highway, he announced to deploy the FC from Kalat to Wadh on the highway.

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