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Obey court or we'll call in army, livid Pak SC tells FC IG in missing persons case

May 12, 2012 - Islamabad

Judges of the Pakistan Supreme Court raged in fury as not only did the Frontier Corps Inspector General (FC IG) Obaidullah Khattak flout their order to appear before them, but the police also said they have proof that the FC picked the three missing persons the court had ordered to produce.

The two-member bench, hearing the case of missing persons and law and order situation in Balochistan, had directed provincial Inspector General of Police (IGP) Hamid Shakeel to produce the three persons, or he and the FC IG will have to appear in the next hearing, reports The Nation.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had warned that if the police and the FC continued to ignore its orders, it would order military authorities to take the necessary action.

"Which institution is greater (even) than the Supreme Court," the CJ said, expressing his annoyance when FC's Major Sohail told him that the officer was busy and therefore he could not appear before the bench.

The bench also observed that federal government was not taking interest in Balochistan issues as no one was appearing in the hearing on its behalf.

Balochistan Advocate General Amanullah Kunrani prayed to the bench to give time till Monday for the appearance of the FC IG and IGP.

IGP Hamid Shakeel told the court the persons concerned were picked up by FC and they had CCTV footage showing the FC vehicle taking them away.

The court directed the police to produce the footage in the next hearing, directing both IGs to produce the missing men or appear in person to explain the situation.


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