We are strong supporters of parliamentary system: CJP
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that they were strong supporters of the parliamentary system, which consisted of elected representatives of the people.
He was heading a threememebr bench comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed over a constitutional matter regarding law and order situation in Balochistan. He told the counsel for Balochistan government that in their last 22 proceedings over the issue and in October 12 order, they had not uttered a single word against the provincial assembly. "It should be loud and clear that we have not said a single word against the provincial assembly," he added.
The Chief Justice further said "We believe in the assembly and Parliament and did not say anything about the provin- cial assembly."Shahid Hamid, counsel for the provincial government, submitted a progress report and said that under the court's observations in October 12 order, the competent authorities considered the three options, including dissolution of assembly, losing of confidence of the house by the chief minister, role of the governor and powers with Federation.
These options were thoroughly discussed and the issue was tabled in the assembly session on November 13 which was attended by 45 members and the assembly reposed confidence in the Chief Minister, he added.
He further apprised that the provincial government had not sought review of its October 13 order. Attorney General for Pakistan Irfan Qadir told the bench that the review was moved by the Deputy Attorney General on behalf of the Federation. The Chief Justice told him that no licence for killing could be given to anyone. About 432 FC personnel were slaughtered, 1,000 people became victim of target killings while Hazara community was being targeted, had anyone taken care of? he asked. He said that the whole health services in the province were shut down against Monday's abduction of Dr Saeed.
Comparing situation of the Federal Capital with the provincial capital, he observed that due to strong monitoring of the Interior Ministry and performance of the secretary concerned, they felt secure in Islamabad.
Addressing Balochistan Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad, the Chief Justice said that if they recovered all the missing persons, including Dr Saeed and lawyers within one week, they would feel satisfied.
Advocate General Balochistan Amanullah Kinrani said that it was not possible to recover the persons, who had gone missing in 2001 and 2006 within such a shorter period.
Shahid Hamid requested the bench to grant them sufficient time for showing substantial progress. The Chief Justice observed that there were also allegations against the provincial ministers and warned that they could pass an order in this regard. Upon bench's query, the General Secretary of Balochistan High Court Bar apprised the bench that so far 28 journalists had been killed in the province. Shahid Hamid requested the bench to grant them three to four weeks time. The bench adjourned further hearing till December 5 by directing the authorities concerned to recover the missing persons, including the abducted doctor. The bench in its order also noted that despite its earlier order no progress was shown.