Court: SC summons notification of governor rule in Balochistan

ISLAMABAD: Hearing a petition pertaining to worst law and order situation in Balochistan, the Supreme Court on Monday summoned the notification imposing the governor rule in the province.

The court also sought a detailed report over the law and order situation in the province and the steps so far taken to control it. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing a petition filed by Balochistan Bar Association president Hadi Shakeel over the worst law and order situation in the Balochistan province.

During the hearing, the Chief Justice observed that the law and order situation was still worst in the province and nothing had changed. He said the court was asking from the day first about the enforcement of fundamental rights in the province.

Appearing on notice, Advocate General Balochistan Amanullah Kanrani told the court that governor rule had been imposed in the province. The court then directed him to present copy of the notification. To which he said the notification was not yet received.

“Why the accused of Quetta and Mastung incidents had not so far been arrested”, the Chief Justice inquired. “It seemed as if some people were involved in these kinds of incidents, but the provincial government did not want to arrest them”, the Chief Justice asked Kanrani. He said the situation of human rights in the province was neither good earlier nor now.

He said law enforcing agencies were alleging each other instead of delivering and hundreds of missing people had not so far been recovered. Meanwhile, the court adjourned further hearing till January 29.