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Pak SC set to grill Army Chief Kayani in Balochistan unrest case?

June 12, 2012 - Islamabad

The Pakistan Supreme Court has hinted it might summon Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani over the worsening law order situation in Balochistan, and seek a solution to the problem.

Chief Justice Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said the court could pass an order under Article 190 to summon General Kayani, reports the Daily Times.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by the chief justice, during the hearing of the Balochistan target killings case, expressed annoyance over the press conference held by Frontier Corps (FC) Inspector General Major General Obaidullah Khan Khattak on June 2 regarding the deteriorating law and order situation of Balochistan, and sought the transcript of the news conference.

The court observed that it was not the business of a uniformed official to hold press conferences, and that the video of the FC IG's press conference would also be sent to the army chief and the defence secretary.

Justice Chaudhry said the situation in the province was alarming and that instead of making any progress, the conditions were deteriorating.

The chief justice told counsel for the FC, Raja Irshad, that every other case was against the FC and those who provided evidence against the force were killed.

Meanwhile, Irshad, in defense, said the press conference was held to highlight the acts of foreign agencies.


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