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Cases lodged against Sanaullah Zehri's guards on BHC orders

Updated July 19, 2013
— File Photo
— File Photo

QUETTA: Acting on the directives of the Balochistan High Court, police on Friday registered cases against five armed private guards of senior Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawab Sanaullah Zehri for entering the Balochistan Assembly premises forcefully with weapons a day earlier.

Armed guards of MPA Nawab Zehri had clashed with police while forcing their way inside the Balochistan Assembly premises on Thursday during by-polls of two Senate seats. Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Malik Baloch had suspended a senior police official for 'misbehaving' with the senior minister, following the incident.

Chief Justice Balochistan High Court, Qazi Faez Isa took suo moto notice of police officer's suspension and called provincial high ups to appear before the court today.

"When police cannot stop armed private guards, how can they deal with terrorism", the top judge of the province remarked during Friday's hearing.

The Chief Justice asked the provincial Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad, "people have attached high expectations from the new government, but the morale of police had gone down because of the government's step".

Addressing the police Qazi Faez Isa said "Even if a chief justice comes with private guards, you can stop him", adding that "nobody was above the law and rule of law must be maintained at all cost."

Capital City Police Officer Quetta, Mir Zubair Mehmood, assured the court that action would be taken against the responsible private guards and that they would be produced before the court of law.

"Court's decision has encouraged police officers and boosted their morale", Mehmood said.

The FIR was lodged on Friday against five private guards of the influential tribal chieftain at Bijli road police station.

Moreover, during the hearing Qazi Faez Isa said if senators, ministers and other lawmakers use non-custom paid vehicles then that is a great crime.

He also ordered police to launch a crack down against non-custom paid and vehicles with tinted windows.