Balochistan case: Deputy Attorney General resigns during hearing
QUETTA: Deputy Attorney General Malik Sikander on Tuesday resigned from his position before a bench of the Supreme Court hearing the Balochistan law and order and missing persons’ case, DawnNews reported.
A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussian and Justice Jawad S. Khwaja was hearing a petition on the law and order situation and human rights violations in Balochistan at the Quetta registry of Supreme Court.
Chief Secretary to Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani, Hafiz Abdul Basit, appeared before the bench. However, the federal secretaries summoned during Monday’s hearing failed to arrived at the Quetta registry.
The chief justice expressed his displeasure over the absence of the federal interior and defence secretaries.
The deputy attorney general told the bench that he had delivered the court’s summons to the relevant authorities.
Addressing Sikander, Justice Khilji said: “You think that the problems of 17 crore people would be solved by 17 judges…why are others not fulfilling their responsibilities?”
Sikander did not respond to the court’s questions and tendered his resignation before the bench.
Chief Justice Iftikhar said “we do not want lip service…we want the orders to be implemented.”
The chief minister should have appeared before the bench himself, the chief justice said, adding that by this time, Raisani should have sacked six ministers from the Balochistan cabinet.
“We want to save Balochistan…the law and order situation in the province is alarming and kidnappings and targeted killings are still going on,” Justice Iftikhar said.
The police have “failed to apprehend a single suspect” in these incidents, he said, adding that allegations were continually being made against the Frontier Corps (FC) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
The court moreover ordered authorities to produce two men who had gone missing from Quetta’s Sariab road before it by tomorrow.
DIG FC Brigadier Farrukh Shahzad also appeared before the bench and said all efforts were underway to recover the missing persons.