SC seeks report about tracing missing persons in Balochistan

ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court Thursday directed Acting Inspector General Frontier Corps Balochistan to submit report regarding steps taken for the appearance of FC officials allegedly involved in enforced disappearance of people in Balochistan province before the Joint Investigation Team.
The SC also directed to submit report about tracing of missing persons in the province and ensure their production before the court.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and comprising Justice Ameer Hani Muslim and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan resumed hearing into missing persons’ case. Brigadier Khalid Naseem, acting IG FC, appearing before the bench, assured that he would show progress in the matter.
When the hearing started the acting IG FC didn’t appear before the bench. The court inquired from Additional Attorney General Shah Khawar where is the IG FC? The court questioned “As to why the acting IG FC in pursuance of the court’s earlier order had failed to appear before it.” The AAG replied that acting IG FC was in the city.
Justice Amir Hani Muslim remarked but he had not appeared before the court. Shah Khawar producing the notification of Brigadier Khalid Saleem as acting IG FC Blaochistan requested the court to give sometime, saying the IG would come.
The court adjourned the case for half an hour. Later, when the court again took up the case Acting IG FC, Balochistan Brigadier Khalid Saleem appeared before the court. The Chief Justice asked him as to why court’s orders were not yet implemented in letter and spirit by tracing out the missing persons in the province.
IG FC informed that efforts were being made to trace out the missing persons in Balochistan, adding the court should not have this impression that missing persons were in the custody of FC.
The Chief Justice however, told IG FC that he was duty bound to implement the orders of the court in letter and spirit. The CJP said it has been alleged that FC officials were involved in enforced disappearances in the province against whom FIRs were registered after the probe conducted by Sessions Judge Quetta.
The Acting IG-FC informed the bench that a total of 19 non-commissioned officers (NCO) were reported to be involved in enforced disappearances in Balochistan.
He further told that one of them a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) namely Allah Bukhsh was identified who is currently facing the process of law and on bail, adding that some were repatriated to army from FC.
Chief Secretary Babar Fateh Malik appeared before the bench but the court exempted him from coming on the next hearing.
The court also directed Inspector General of Police (IG) Balochistan to submit report regarding the action taken by the police against the culprits involved in abduction of doctors besides furnishing a detail pertaining to doctors who were abducted but not yet released.
Earlier, Munir A Malik recused himself from the case, saying he had appeared before the Court as amicus curea therefore Shah Khawar would assist the court
The hearing is adjourned till December 26.

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