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Pakistan court tells general to recover 30 missing

Iftikhar Chaudhry
Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. — File photo/Online

QUETTA: Pakistan's top judge on Friday ordered a paramilitary commander to produce 30 people in court, saying there was evidence troops were involved in their disappearance.

It is the latest effort from judges designed to bring powerful military and intelligence agencies to book over mass arrests of alleged terror suspects, who are never seen again.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry ordered Balochistan Frontier Corps commander Major General Obaidullah Khattak to produce the missing before the court in the provincial capital Quetta on July 24.

The 30 people were allegedly abducted in Totak Khuzdar district in February 2011. The military has been accused of rights violations in its bid to put down a separatist insurgency in the southwest province of Balochistan.

“It is his (Khattak's) duty to comply with the court orders and affect the recovery of missing persons and produce them,” Chaudhry said.

He rejected the commander's denial of responsibility as “unacceptable... in the wake of evidence against the force in picking up missing persons”.

Judge Jawad S. Khawaja said medical reports showed that two other tribesmen, whose case is also being investigated, were shot at close range.

“If there are some rogue elements in the force, they should be exposed,” Khawaja said.

In February, seven men allegedly held by intelligence services appeared before the Supreme Court in Islamabad, more than a year and a half after being allegedly arrested in connection with terror attacks.

It was an unprecedented development that challenged perceptions that the feared Inter-Services Intelligence operates above the law.

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Comments (6) Closed

Dr Wequar Ali Khan
Jul 14, 2012 03:41pm
Now time seems to have come when "the holy cows" will also be answerable to the countries law. Chief justice of Pakistan spear heads the action positively. Let us all pray that he can move forward with support of the people of this country. Let us all wish him God speed;
Agha Ata
Jul 14, 2012 04:00am
I see a ray of hope. Is it coming of dawn?
Cyrus Howell
Jul 14, 2012 06:44am
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will soon have to hold the generals in contempt of court. How can they get rid of terrorists without killing them? If they simply arrest them there will be a jail break.
Jul 14, 2012 07:58am
16 security forces youth were killed in the last 3 days.No public outcry, no condemnation, no rallies from any quarter, I wonder why? Has the fact that "Army and police are there to protect the establishment from Public" finally became obvious?.Are we Bay-His or Bay-bus.
Jul 14, 2012 04:49pm
Owais Siddiqui
Jul 24, 2012 06:44pm
Only the corrupts don't like our honorable CJ.