Published On: Wed, Mar 26th, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

Army assures SC for trial of army officers under army act in Balochistan missing persons case

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ISLAMABAD: Federal government and counsel for FC have told Supreme Court (SC) requisition has been sent to army for trial of two army officers including Maj Saif and Maj Moin allegedly involved in enforced disappearance under army act and army has also assured initiation of proceedings against these officers.

A 3-member bench of SC headed by Justice Nasir ul Mulk took up for hearing Balochistan violence case Tuesday.

They further told the court that trial of these two army officers will be started soon.

The court has sought DNA test reports within 24 hours from government of Balochistan in respect of dead bodies recovered from mass graves in Khuzdar and other areas of Balochistan.

Justice Amir Hani Muslim has remarked “ chief secretary has become so strong that he did not bother to attend the meetings with other authorities despite court’s orders. Government of Balochistan should tell the court in clear terms if it has no interest in the cases of missing persons. Balochistan is burning and government is sitting unmoved. The worries of the people are on rise. Appropriate steps will have to be taken to save the future of Balochistan.

Justice Nasir ul Mulk has remarked “ government of Balochistan is making somewhat futile effort for recovery of missing persons. Enforced disappearance of any one cannot be allowed. Law and constitution make the state responsible for protecting life and property of people. Will people come from outside to take care of the citizens if government does not care for them.

Advocate General Balochistan, Nizam ud Din, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Attique Shah, Nasrullah Baloch, chief of organization on recovery of missing persons and other authorities appeared in the court.

Counsel for DG FC, Irfan Qadir told the court he had met the authorities but he could not meet chief secretary and he had talked to latter by telephone only.

Hr told the court that two cases would be tried under army act. The role of provincial government stands no more in these cases.

AG Balochistan told the court no headway has been made in missing persons case.

Justice Amir Hani remarked “ why chief secretary has not met while court has issued orders in this regard. Court order has not been implemented.

The court was informed tribunal working on mass graves matter has sought 2 months time more.

Nasrullah Baloch told the court DNA test does not take as much time as is being spent on it. “I have talked to surgeon who says DNA test takes 10 to 15 days.

The hearing of the case was adjourned till Wednesday.d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s);