ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Tuesday said provincial and federal governments were responsible to maintain law and order in Balochistan and provide security to the life and property of the citizens as per the Constitution.Hearing petition of former president of Balochistan High Court Bar Association, a three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry observed that the situation prevailing in the province needed special interest and attention of both the governments.Amanullah Kanarani, Advocate General Balochistan, appearing before the court along with Mr Muhammad Tariq, acting SP operations of Quetta City, informed that complying with the court’s directions, all the three persons - Dr Naseer Ahmed, Akhtar Langoo and Abdul Hafeez Rodiani - had been recovered. The chief justice on Monday had given authorities a 24-hour deadline to recover three missing persons or face strict action. Kanarani told the court that these persons had reached their homes, adding, they also got recorded their statements under Section 161 CrPC before the police. He submitted the copies of their statements. The chief justice noted that the statements were stereotype in nature.The court observed that it was the duty of the police and Levies to provide protection to the citizens in urban and rural areas in terms of Article 9 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The court was informed that they were picked up by the agencies but to establish this assertion, no evidence/proof had been furnished. The Advocate General Balochistan was directed to produce these persons in court on the next date of hearing at Quetta.The court noted that the copies of the orders dated 5th and 6th April had already been sent to both the governments but no response had been received either from the federal or the provincial government.Kanarani told the apex court that the directions issued by the court on 5th and 6th April would be complied with. “We, therefore, need some time to do the needful before the next date of hearing,” Kanarani prayed to the court.The apex court on the request of Advocate General Balochistan adjourned the case till 30th April.