ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court was informed on Tuesday that appearance of Inspector General Frontier Constabulary (FC) before the Court in Balochistan missing persons’ case would demoralise the security forces in the province.

The FC’s representative Major Hafiz Muhammad Nadeem submitted a confidential reply regarding the non-appearance of IG FC before the court.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry expressing annoyance over the IG FC’s refusal to appear before the court, despite of two orders of court in this regard, said why IG FC was not appearing before the court.

Giving last warning to IG FC, the bench has directed him to appear tomorrow (December 5) otherwise contempt proceedings would be initiated against him for non-compliance of the court’s order.

The court has also ordered the FC officials to record their statements before DG CID about their alleged involvement in missing persons cases.

Justice Amir Hani Muslim observed when the IG FC could not appear due to any reason then his No 2 officer (successor) should come before the court.

On the other hand, FC’s Major Hafiz Nadim contended that neither the IG could appear before the court nor he could furnish the details of five FC officers because they belonged to Pakistan Army. He also told the court that one missing namely Bahram Khan had been traced out.

Deputy Attorney General for Pakistan Sajid Bhatti stated that no other department could proceed against serving army officers under Army Act 1952.

The CJP, however, said that the court would decide which department would start inquiry against these army officers.

Meanwhile, regarding the matter about the abduction of doctors, the bench was told that Dr Manaaf had been recovered after paying ransom. The hearing of the case is adjourned until December 5.