• Balochistan case: Deploy new officers in troubled areas, orders SC


    QUETTA: Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, while hearing the Balochistan law and order and missing persons case Monday, directed the authorities to post the newly appointed police officers in Balochistan.

    A three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) headed by the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif, resumed hearing of the petition filed by filed by the Balochistan Bar Association regarding the law and order situation in the province today at the Quetta Registry.

    During the today’s proceedings, the advocate general told the bench that the boy who was abducted from Pishin has been recovered. To this, Justice Jawwad remarked that the chief secretary had already informed about that in Islamabad.

    The chief justice inquired if there was any decline in the target killing and kidnapping incidents throughout the province since the last hearing. He further questioned that how many police officers came to Balochistan after their hiring. To this, Inspector General Balochistan Police Tariq Omar Khitab apprised the court that 30 police officers had arrived in the province on court’s directives.

    Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry asked that why those 30 police and District Management Group (DMG) officers were not posted in the restive regions and what the police was doing about the situation.

    The IG informed the court that a summary in this regard had been submitted to Chief Secretary Balochistan Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad.

    Chief Justice Iftikhar said the law and order situation in the province’s Pashtun-dominated areas was better and gave instructions for the newly-appointed police officers to be posted in Balochistan’s restless areas.

    The bench will be hearing the case daily until October 12th.

    Besides hearing the Balochistan case, the Supreme Court bench will also hear the contempt case against interior minister Rehman Malik as well as the petition filed by Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party relating to target killings and alleged misappropriations in government funds.




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