QUETTA - Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday stated that recovery of missing persons was necessary to end unrest in Balochistan.

“Frontier Corps (FC) is our own force and for God’s sake its image be saved. There is enough evidence in Balochistan about FC and we can’t ignore these evidences,” he added.

Chief Justice made these remarks while heading a three-member bench of the Supreme Court hearing a petition on deteriorating law and order situation of Balochistan. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Jawad S. Khawaja are other members of the bench.

During the hearing, Home Secretary Balochistan Naseebullah Bazai presented a report before the bench about law and order situation of Balochistan and apprised the court that 146 people were killed in Balochistan in the month of June in terrorism and subversive acts and 101 of them belong to Quetta. Advocate General Amanullah Kanrani said that now the target killing of people belonging to Sindh had been started in Quetta which was a new phenomena. Police official apprised the court that 3 terrorists involved in murder of 24 Sunni Ulema were arrested.

Addressing the provincial Home Secretary, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry asked what the government was doing to address Balochistan’s “alarming situation”.

He further inquired from the provincial Home Secretary as to who was responsible for the killing of Mir Akmal Raisani, the nephew of Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani.

Home Secretary said that no arrest was made and investigation is going on. He said its high profile murder and the government had taken it seriously. Iftikhar said if there was no progress that means you people were helpless. Chief Justice asked that why action was not taken against the Ferrari Camps.

“It means that administration has lost the support of common people, therefore, there was no progress in the improvement of situation,” he added. Chief Secretary said that situation was not good and civil administration has no capability to combat the militancy in Baloch areas.

Chief Justice asked that why FC was not being utilised.

Chief Secretary said that in Kabo operation FC used helicopter and some areas of Balochistan the situation is normal just the Quetta to Karachi route is unsafe.

The Frontier Corps lawyer Raja Irshad informed the Bench that nobody was in the custody of FC.

Advocate General Amanullah Kanrani said that a meeting was held on Monday night about the missing persons and it was decided that the police and FC will work together.

Chief Justice remarked in every third case the Frontier Corps name is coming and ordered that missing person Abdul Malik should be produced before the Bench.

“If he was not produced then commander of FC Chagai of that time be asked to appear before the court when Abdul Malik was picked up,“ he added.  The FC lawyer Raja Irshad replied that every commander of FC has been asked but they have said that no single missing person is in their custody.

Chief Justice said then where are they.  FC lawyer replied that we don’t have the network police should investigate it.  We are ready to cooperate with them, he said.

Justices Jawad said the Balochistan situation was unfortunate.

Frontier Corps lawyer Irshad Ahmed said that FC don’t have enmity with any person and allegations against it are a conspiracy only. “The media persons are getting money,” FC lawyer alleged.

Chief Justice replied don’t make allegations we have the evidence here against the FC and bring the missing persons why don’t you understand.

 “You don’t have the knowledge what the results will come,” CJ said.

Chief Secretary requested for more time to look into these cases.

Justice Jawad remarked that the people should know the reality. “We don’t know what is the internal problem of agencies,” he said.

Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad said that the ISI Sector incharge had informed them he would fully cooperate with police teams.

Paracha the counsel of Defence Department told the bench that Frontier Corps as a organisation is not involved in any kidnapping or disappearing of persons and some time may be given to FC for internal inquiry.

“The possibility of impersonation cannot be ruled out,” he said.