QUETTA - The Supreme Court Saturday asked the officials to improve the state of affairs in Balochistan, warning that a UN delegation was on its way to review the situation of missing persons in the province.

“Foreigners’ coming Pakistan to review missing persons’ cases and issues pertaining to human rights violations would make (quite a) scene, if we did not find solution to our home problems,” remarked Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

No matter if the delegation remarked upon the situation or not, they will still be observing the entire situation, he added. What would happen if the UN team visited the province and recorded statements, he asked the Balochistan advocate general.

Heading a three-member SC bench, which resumed hearing Balochistan law and order cases here at the Quetta Registry, the CJ ordered the police and Frontier Corps (FC) to launch a crackdown against illegal arms and vehicles in three days.

The chief justice also said that as there are 22 agencies working in Balochistan, a list of all the names of these agencies must be submitted to court. He issued instructions that these agencies must finish all work that they have begun in the province.

The chief justice said that the entire proceedings were in the national interest and it does not make any difference if any one does not approve that. The court will conclude this case as soon as possible as it will be troublesome if matters would fell into others’ hands, he added.

The CJ expressed his outrage at the absence of Kaho Bugti from court and demanded that the missing person must be presented in court as soon as possible. He noted with regret that “court orders were not being implemented in letter and spirit”, and asked the Balochistan chief secretary to talk to the chief minister and the governor to get the orders implemented.

Justice Khilji Arif Hussain inquired from the deputy attorney-general about the prohibition of illegal weapons and passage of vehicles who then said that as the system is now computerised, obtaining a list of these passages could be compiled easily for use in legal proceedings.

CCPO Quetta Mir Zubair told the court that special branch and police cannot issue the transit permits and intelligence agencies including ISI and MI issue those. The court questioned the defence secretary if the agencies could lawfully issue permits. The defence secretary told the court that as per its orders, all Rahdaris (permits) issued by the agencies have been cancelled forthwith besides ordering the provincial government to arrest those who claim to have the same.

At this point, the chief justice ordered police and FC to initiate a crackdown against the transit permit holders in three days. The defence secretary asked the court to give them chance and that they will not disappoint the court as they have already started action. He further told that a high level meeting would be called to address the issue.

The chief justice inquired about the Dera Bugti commandant on which FC lawyer told that his leaves have been cancelled. On that, the chief justice asked the lawyer to present the cancellation order in the court.

In a joint statement submitted by federal secretaries of defence and interior, Balochistan chief secretary, IG Police, and IG Frontier Corps, the court was informed that the issue of missing persons was a complex and multifaceted and no negligence was being exercised by the departments and the agencies concerned for their safe and early recovery.

“The joint endeavours would yield positive results in this matter of serious concern,” the report said. The statement read that under the supervision of honourable court, matter of missing persons would be taken to logical end leaving no stone unturned.

The CJ remarked that the progress made by the law enforcement agencies and other concerned departments have been poor. He said the sooner the court orders are implemented the better it would be for the country. Expressing his displeasure, the chief justice said had the government taken serious action on human rights violations, the representatives of international organisation would not have been coming to Pakistan.

The court noted that if there is credible proof against anyone, he or she must be tried in the courts. “We honour the working of country’s intelligence agencies but there are certain limits and nobody should cross these limits,” the court added.

The court observed that in every other case of missing persons the FC is accused; it is a very complex situation in which FC should clear its position. If certain things were not cleared before the foreign delegation reached Pakistan, it would bring a bad name to the country.

The chief justice after hearing Balochistan home secretary remarked that despite claims by the provincial government, no positive change in the law and order situation was being witnessed as a Sessions Court judge and an SP have been killed recently which is a clear evidence of law enforcement agencies’ inability.

Justice Khilji Arif Hussain on the occasion remarked that situation in Balochistan did not deteriorate overnight. “There is unanimity that the killing of veteran politician Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti led to the situation that people of Balochistan are facing today,” he added. Justice Jawwad S Khwaja said that it was unjust that even an FIR was not lodged unless High Court interfered and ordered the police to do so. The hearing was adjourned till Sept 19.