SC di­rects govt to sub­mit re­port

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Dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s hear­ing of a pe­ti­tion on the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion and hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions in Balochis­tan, the Supreme Court reis­sued di­rec­tives for the sub­mis­sion of the gov­ern­ment’s re­port on the mat­ter and ad­journed the hear­ing un­til Nov 2.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, com­pris­ing Chief Jus­tice Iftikhar 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 the hear­ing, the bench sum­moned the In­te­rior Sec­re­tary K M Sid­diq Ak­bar to ap­pear be­fore it in 30 min- utes time.

The bench more­over ex­pressed its dis­plea­sure of the fail­ure of the in­te­rior sec­re­tary to sub­mit a re­port on the prov­ince’s law and or­der sit­u­a­tion.

Chief Jus­tice Iftikhar re­marked that the is­sue was se­ri­ous and warned against its care­less han­dling. The bench di­rected the deputy at­tor­ney gen­eral to call the in­te­rior sec­re­tary along with the re­port. The deputy at­tor­ney gen­eral said that At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ir­fan Qadir wanted to present his ar­gu­ments on the mat­ter.

Re­spond­ing to which, the chief jus­tice said that the bench had sum­moned the re­port, adding that, the ar­gu­ments would be heard later. The chief jus­tice more­over re­marked that ev­ery­one with author­ity was in­volved in the vi­o­la­tion the Con­sti­tu­tion in Balochis­tan.

He fur­ther said that if the Con­sti­tu­tion was not be­ing im­ple­mented in the prov­ince then un­der what author­ity was the Balochis­tan gov­ern­ment oper­at­ing. The chief jus­tice then held a short di­a­logue with Balochis­tan’s Ad­di­tional Ad­vo­cate Gen­eral Azam Khattak. Sub­se­quently, Chief Jus­tice Iftikhar di­rected the Balochis­tan gov­ern­ment to file a re­sponse by 11:30 ex­plain­ing what le­gal author­ity it had to gov­ern the prov­ince.

The court took a short re­cess af­ter which the hear­ing re­sumed around 11:30. Upon re­sump­tion, the at­tor­ney gen­eral told the bench that all, in­clud­ing the court, should op­er­ate within their con­stitu- tional lim­i­ta­tions.

Qadir more­over stated that the gov­ern­ment would file a re­view pe­ti­tion against the court’s in­terim or­der which had stated the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment had failed to es­tab­lish the writ of law and had lost the author­ity to gov­ern the prov­ince in ac­cor­dance with the Con­sti­tu­tion. Re­spond­ing to which, Jus­tice Khawaja said that fil­ing a re­view plea was a right. Fur­ther­more, the in­te­rior sec­re­tary failed to ap­pear be­fore the bench with the ad­di­tional in­te­rior sec­re­tary seem­ingly ap­pear­ing as a sub­sti­tute. The bench ex­pressed its dis­plea­sure on the in­te­rior sec­re­tary’s ab­sence and the chief jus­tice said that the court’s di­rec­tives should be taken se­ri­ously.

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