The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, has warned that the court could summon the Chief of Army Staff, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, to ask him how the country should be run. He was referring to the the IG of Frontier Constabulary, Maj-Gen Ubaidullah Khattak, holding a press conference on the worsening law and order situation in Balochistan on June 2. The CJ made this observation while heading a three-member bench of the court hearing the matter pertaining to the law and order situation and target killings in the province, and proceeded to order the transcript of the press talk produced on Monday. Again, the court observed that the FC was held responsible in the majority of cases of disappearance. It noted that the bodies of three missing persons the had ordered recovered, were thrown on the road.
Chief Justice Chaudhry highlighted an important truth about the situation in Balochistan, that even the provincial government does not seem concerned about the increasing lawlessness, let alone the federal government and its organs. However his question for the COAS is valid and deserves to be answered. Indeed, if the Prime Minister can personally appear in court, as can the Chief Justce’s own son, there is no reason the Army Chief can not and should not be sunmoned to explain the situation in Balochistan for the court’s satisfaction.