SC never wanted dismissal of Balochistan Assembly: CJP Iftikhar
15 January, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday observed that it never wanted the dismissal of the Balochistan Assembly and that there is a difference between legislative business and authority of executive.
Hearing the Balochistan target killings case, the Supreme Court has sought the notification dismissing the provincial government and imposing governor's rule in the province. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, and comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Azmat Saeed, has also sought a report over steps taken to resolve the worsening law and order situation in the province.
During the hearing, Balochistan Advocate General Amanullah Kanrani informed the bench that the governor's rule had been imposed in the province, adding that he had not received the relevant notification so far. The chief justice remarked that it is time to understand the feelings of the public and listen to their voices. He said people are calling attention of the army to resolve their issues in the province. The CJP questioned why the law enforcement agencies have not yet arrested the people involved in the killing of Mastung and Quetta.
Admonishing the attorney general, the chief justice said that some people are involved whom the government did not want to arrest. He said time and again during the proceedings of the matter the court had pointed towards assurance of basic rights in the province.
Meanwhile, a constitutional petition has been filed in the Supreme Court, praying that the prime minister be directed to deploy the armed forces in Balochistan for normalising the law and order situation there.
Advocate Tariq Asad has filed the petition under Article 184(3) of the constitution, making the federal government, interior minister, chief secretary and Balochistan home secretary and prime minister as respondents.