QUETTA - Balochistan Bar Association (BBA) and other lawyers’ organisations on Monday continued their protest in different districts of Balochistan, including Quetta city, besides boycotting the courts against the non-recovery of Balochistan Prosecutor General (PG) Abdul Wasay Tareen.

The PG mysterious went missing on Feb 28 from Zhob district while travelling to Islamabad in connection with hearing of some cases in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Lawyers backed by general public held a protest rally which after marching through various roads culminated into a demonstration outside the Quetta Press Club. Supreme Court Bar Association ex-president Ali Ahmad Kurd led the protesters shouting slogans and carrying placards. Speakers, on the occasion, said that Mr Tareen is missing for last five days but the administration and intelligence agencies have been unsuccessful in tracing his whereabouts.

They said the government has failed in protecting the lives and property of the masses due to which the kidnapping for ransom, targeted killings and other crimes were on the rise. They demanded immediate recovery of the PG warning that otherwise they would be compelled to widen their protest. They also announced to boycott the courts during the current week.

Taking notice of the disappearance of the Prosecutor General, Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Essa had summoned Balochistan IG Police Mushtaq Sukhera. The court on Monday directed the IGP that all state machinery should be utilised for safe recovery of Mr Tareen. The IGP assured the court that police force was making all out efforts for early recovery of the PG.

Balochistan Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad also presided over a meeting to review the recovery of Abdul Wasay Tareen on Monday and directed for taking concerted steps for his recovery. He directed Home Secretary and other officials concerned that if required, teams comprising police and administrative officers should be sent to Kyber Pakhtunkwa and Fata.

On the other hand, protesters blocked Kuchlak Highway against non-recovery of the Prosecutor General due to which hundreds of vehicles were stuck on both sides of the highway. They demanded for immediate recovery of Mr Tareen and stern action against the perpetrators.