ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Monday taking exception of Inspector General of Police Balochistan absence gave 24-hours deadline to the provincial police to produce three missing persons before the court.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry hearing the case observed that police officials were reluctant to contact relevant quarters for the recovery of the missing persons. The court also reprimanded SP Tariq for not being vigilant to control the situation in his area from where people were picked up by unknown officials.

Advocate General Balochistan Amanullah Kinrani told the court that due to high level meetings in Islamabad police failed to contact relevant quarters for the recovery of the missing persons. The court expressed dissatisfaction over this conduct and said that more than 24 people have been killed in the recent days but nobody was there to control the situation.

The Chief Justice observed that even the Prime Minister did nothing despite the fact that court sent him its orders in this regard to take appropriate steps.

The court also asked the Advocate General to submit last three years report of the Balochistan province comprising how many people were gunned down in the province in the name of sectarian violence and other reasons. Lashkar Raisani, younger brother of Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani, who last month tendered his resignation from the Senate over difference of opinion on resolving the Balochistan crisis, also attended the court’s proceedings on Balochistan law and order situation.

The Supreme Court took notice of ever-increasing violence in Balochistan, as people are now questioning the state’s inability to control situation, while scores of persons have went missing with hundreds of mutilated bodies recovered. On one hand, there is nationalists-led insurgency-related violence, while sectarian killings have also made life miserable in many parts of the province. According to experts, more than 50 per cent people in the province are facing depression and other diseases, as constant fear has been made a part of daily life.

This problem has been complicated by the fact that majority of locals are poverty-stricken and illiterate, while the healthcare services can only be described as more than poor.