SC rejects CS report, adjourns hearing until Oct 8

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday rejected the report of Chief Secretary Balochistan submitted by the federation and intelligence agencies following an order from the apex court the previous day.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, heard the petition filed by the Balochistan Bar Association on the law and order situation in the province.

During today’s proceedings, a reply from the federation and intelligence agencies was submitted in the court where the respondents contended that no military operation was being carried out in the province.

It was also stated that ‘death squads’ did not exist within the agencies and that the intelligence agencies did not have any missing person in their custody.

During the hearing, Chief Justice Iftikhar remarked that the country’s political parties should come together to resolve the issues plaguing Balochistan.

He further remarked that President Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s chief Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan should “understand the situation” as leaders of major political parties.

Then, the court directed to distribute the copies of the reply among all the parties.

Later the hearing was adjourned until October 8.