QUETTA: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday said the killing of Baloch leader Akbar Bugti was the worst mistake in the country’s history.
Heading a three-member SC bench, which resumed its hearing of the Balochistan law and order case at the Quetta Registry, Justice Chaudhry expressed annoyance over the continued absence of the attorney general in the court, saying the court was left with no option but to call all federal secretaries.
During the hearing, Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) chief Talal Bugti also appeared in the court, while the attorney general remained absent. The CJP asked Home Secretary Nasibullah Bazai whether the son of Amiruddin Agha had been recovered to which Bazai said, “We made six raids until 3am last night for this purpose,” adding that Agha’s son would be recovered soon
The CJP said the federation and the AG were not interested in the issue and summoned all secretaries concerned for the next hearing. The CJP said the AG would not be allowed to enter the courts without permission, adding that the secretaries should be present in the court for their defense. Also during the hearing, Balochistan’s Home Secretary presented a report pertaining to targeted killings in the province.
The chief justice said bodies of 426 people had surfaced in the province, adding that, the killing of Baloch leader Akbar Bugti was the worst mistake in the country’s history. He further said that during the past six months, 46 people from the Shia community became victims of targeted killings whereas 20 Sunni ulema had also been killed.The chief justice further said that resolving the issue in Dera Bugti was crucial to establishing peace in the province at large.
Upon which, Talal Bugti said that travelling to Dera Bugti in the presence of FC would be suicidal. Meanwhile, Balochistan Inspector General of Police Tariq Omar Khitab submitted a notification to quash shoulder promotions in the court. The CJP ordered that all police officers who had been transferred to Quetta and were attempting to reverse the measure should report to the Balochistan government within a week. – PT