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SC wants Prime Ministers indulgence over Balochistan issue.

ISLAMABAD, February 26, 2011 (Balochistan Times): The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Attorney General for Pakistan to take up the law and order issue of Balochistan with the Prime Minister and then apprise it about the outcome of his interview with Chief Executive of the country. The three-Judge bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani issued directive after conducting proceedings on a constitutional petition filed by Balochistan High Court Bar through its president regarding security to lives and properties of the residents. The bench observed in its order that not only the provincial administration under the constitutional dispensation was responsible for maintaining law and order but also at the same time federal government could not shrink of its responsibility in this regard. In the prevailing situation in Balochistan, the government has to play a more effective role, the bench added. The bench ruled that under Article 9 of the Constitution, it is the prime duty of provincial and federal governments to protect lives and properties of the people. The law enforcing agencies seemed to be helpless, the bench said and further observed, obviously, the Federal government must be taking notice and knowledge of situation but they failed to understand why the federal government is not playing its role with coordination of the provincial government to control it. The bench also issued notice to Secretary Interior and repeated notices to Chief Secretary Balochistan, IG Frontier Constabulary, DG Levies and DG Military Intelligence. At the outset of the proceedings, the bench rejected a reply filed by provincial police officer/IGP and said that only efforts were shown on papers. The Chief Justice told Arshad Ali, SP Crimes and Legal, that they had identified only three cases of advocates including Agha Nadir, Agha Zahid and Tahir but there were a total of 110 cases of missing persons and other of target killings. If heads of law enforcing agencies cannot improve the situation, they should quit. An ordinary person cannot travel in the province, he added. We heard of attacks on gas installations, attacks on IGP, the Chief Minister and the Governor. It is not the time that we sit idle with crossed fingers. The Governor, a Nawab of Kalat himself, came under attack, thanks Allah Almighty, for saving him he added. Addressing Advocate General Balochistan, he questioned, do you know the consequences of such a situation! a considerable time has already passed! Justice Muhammad Sair Ali remarked that from reports filed by IGP and Home Secretary they gathered that they are doing nothing, they cannot do anything and they are helpless. Counsel for the petitioner, apprised the bench that incidents of car snatching and abduction for ransom had been on the rise. He said the authorities of law enforcing agencies were reluctant to eliminate pockets which had become dens of criminals. He said that traffic wardens were also carrying arms and ammunition. Officials of Intelligence Bureau and Inter Services Intelligence also appeared and submitted replies. Further hearing was adjourned till March 2.

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Date:Feb 26, 2011
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