We are strong sup­port­ers of par­lia­men­tary sys­tem: CJP

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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.

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