QUETTA: Pakistan’s top judge on Saturday took a suo motu notice of the recent wave of violence in the troubled Balochistan province, directing the concerned officials to appear before the court on August 15, DawnNews reported.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has summoned the Attorney General, Advocate General Balochistan and other concerned officials to appear before a Supreme Court bench on Thursday.

The bench, headed by the chief justice, will hear the case along with the Balochistan unrest case at the Supreme Court’s Quetta registry.

The notice was taken after at least 60 people lost their lives in separate incidents of violence in less than a week.

On August 6, fourteen people, including security officers and passengers, were killed when rebel separatists attacked two Punjab bound buses in Mach area of Bolan district.

At least 40 people, including members of the police force, were killed and 60 others injured on Thursday when a lone suicide bomber penetrated through a strict security cordon placed around the Police Lines (a residential compound meant for the city police) and blew himself up, causing one of the worst tragedies for the Balochistan police force.

Similarly, at least 10 people were killed and many others injured on Friday in an attack that targeted the Eidul Fitr prayers at a mosque near Quetta’s eastern bypass.

Moreover, at least six suspected militants were killed earlier today during a security forces' operation in Bolan district's Mach area in Balochistan whereas another two were killed in an attack on a Frontier Corps (FC) checkpost in Quetta's Ispilanji area.

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August 11, 2013 12:12 am

Nawaz government has totally failed Time to bring some order Well done CJP

Amjad Wyne
August 11, 2013 12:25 am

Honorable CJ - it is not your place to step into this. You are trying to remain on the center stage no matter what happens. Please go away and let the politicians and the security apparatus respond to the people that elected them.

August 11, 2013 1:39 am

Uoh, watch out everyone, sou Motu is here, that will teach those terrorists and incompetent politician. Yeah.

What a useless exercise is this notice!

August 11, 2013 1:41 am

Someone needs to tell us what came out of his previous suo moto actions.

Dr Ibrahim
August 11, 2013 2:04 am

The honorable chief Justice with all due respect needs to refrain from getting involved in sensitive national security matters. These should be best left to the elected government and the armed forces to handle and resolve. There is enough confusion as it is and the courts need to stay away from getting involved in governance.

August 11, 2013 2:39 am

Who cares?

August 11, 2013 3:12 am

But our Prime Minister is having the luxury of Umras and Umras while his country is blowing apart. Hasn't he done enough Umras in his exile? Make false promises and become Prime Minister but deliver nothing.

Ishrat salim
August 11, 2013 3:30 am

If strict security cordon was in place then how come a lone suicide bomber pass through it ? which exposes our intel failure and lack of training etc; of our LEAs.....

Manish Gupte, PhD
August 11, 2013 4:22 am

The CJ of Pakistan had talked about root cause analysis to solve Karachi's voilence problems. I did not see news of voilence after that. Economics is the reason many times. India-Pakistan-Iran-Afgansitan-The West trade stabilizes the region. When India and Pakistan split in 1947, the jute mills were in India and jute was grown in Pakistan. So, both sides had loss. Today, if India promotes Made in Pakistan and vice versa, then war will make both sides poor and so we will prefer peace!

August 11, 2013 4:31 am

Why not Mr CJ concentrate on solving cases pending with him ... cases filed by innocent people asking for justice... why he is always catching for ratings

August 11, 2013 5:05 am

That is wonderful Mr. Chief Justice. I wonder why you didn't take suo motu notice when a murderer of two Pakistani citizens was allowed to leave Pakistan?.

V for vendetta
August 11, 2013 5:50 am

That was really quick justice after so many year and thousands of innocent civilian causalities CJ should be awarded nobel peace prize,,, sign of system failure.

August 11, 2013 8:38 am

Can our judges do anything other than taking suo motu notices?

Look at the piles of cases pending in courts for decades. I know one land case for example that was decided by High court Lahore sometimes around 1979 and is again in high court waiting for its turn since 1994. And no one bothered to notice that it was already decided by high court before so it should be in there now.

Other example of one of the descendent of our nation founder (Muhammad Ali Jinnah) got his case decided when he is so much old that now he doesn't care about that property. He probably won't be able to use it.

August 11, 2013 9:08 am

Does he know anything else to do beside taking notice. What happens afterwards. BTW I also take notice and I guess a lot of other Pakistanis take "Notice". What is the benefit of him taking Suo Moto Notice?

August 11, 2013 10:00 am

Suo motu notice will never solve any problem. It never had and never will Dear CJ, We have to cherish the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony, with equal opportunities, equal distribution of wealth, equal social justice, their say so in provincial government and federal government. Equal employment opportunity. We need to find the root cause of the evil and ill wind blowing in our Pak land Let us have a State in which we could live and breathe as free men and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play. Those are the views of our founding father.

August 11, 2013 10:37 am

So?? What would happen???

August 11, 2013 5:16 pm

When is he going to retire. I have grown old but he is still sitting on the chair. All he does is to take Suo Motu Notice and if someone talks about him then threaten them with contempt of court.

Is there anyone in Pakistan who can wake up from the dream land and say Its time to stop arguments and it is time to fix things.

Shaikh Mohommd
August 11, 2013 6:41 pm

When Governments do not take action to catch culprits and criminals who kill and maim innocent people and when the Government, Army and Political parties look at destructions caused by US drone attacks, when Government is a silent spectator at killings and murders of innocent people, what should be done? My hats off to the Chief Justice who cannot remain a silent spectator!

August 11, 2013 10:52 pm

Another suo moto. Another useless span of hearings, headliners, rhetorical statements, summons, show causes and ultimately another disappointment. IG Quetta will have to appear before the court, he will have to prepare a reply for which tens of clerks at the Quetta secretariat will pull out files and for a number of days all the provincial police set up will remain in a limbo. And eventually it will go on to add another file to the Supreme Court registery, where hundreds of other suo moto files are rotting.

August 12, 2013 1:05 am

Take a suo motu notice on your son and let our army handle the cleansing process without any interruption.

August 12, 2013 2:44 am

@Ishrat salim: "Lone suicide bomber" is a term used by authorities to pass on the blame on to some some one who is not there anymore. In fact there is no such thing as "Lone suicide bomber"

August 12, 2013 10:49 pm

@saira: Only General Pervaiz Musharaf!

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