ISLAMABAD - A three-member bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, will resume hearing of a suo motu case on the killing of lawyers in a bomb blast in the Quetta Civil Hospital tomorrow (Monday).

In the last hearing in November last year, a three-judge bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, had sought report from the federal and provincial governments regarding implementation of Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s report on the Quetta blast.

In August 8, 2016, some 73 people, majority lawyers, lost their lives and over 104 got serious injuries in the bomb blast.

Former Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali had taken the suo motu under Article 184(3) of the Constitution and had set up one judge inquiry commission. Justice Faez after probing the matter for 56 days prepared 110 pages report, which slammed the then federal interior minister (Chaudhry Nisar) and the chief minister and home minister of Balochistan of providing misleading information of the Quetta blast.

After thoroughly examining the concerned persons and obtaining responses from the relevant ministries, departments and institutions, the commission criticised the government and state apparatus in its "monumental failure to combat terrorism and perform basic protocols".

The report stated that both the federal and provincial governments are short-sighted and confused regarding the fight against terrorism, and lamented that the Balochistan government is directionless and plagued with nepotism.

"The [Interior] Ministry's National Security Internal Policy is not being implemented. The officers of the Ministry appear more interested in serving the minister than the people of Pakistan," said the inquiry report.

The report said that the National Action Plan was not being implemented and its goals not being prioritised. It further asked the government to take action under the ATA against gatherings held by the proscribed organisations.

"Another monumental failure has been the lack in silencing extremist speech, literature, and propaganda. There has been a complete failure in producing and then disseminating a counter narrative," mentioned the report. "This country was created by those who wanted to ameliorate the condition of the Muslims of the subcontinent, and to uphold the freedoms of those of every faith. The message of Unity, Faith, and Discipline was unfortunately sabotaged by hypocrites and extremists and needs to be rejected,” it added.