QUETTA - Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday said the issue of missing persons was very serious, which was earning bad name to the country.

He gave another two weeks’ time to the government to produce missing persons before the court. The hearing of the Balochistan law and order case continued in the Supreme Court’s Quetta Registry on the second consecutive day. A three-member bench, headed by the chief justice, heard the case.

“Evidences are available against the FC and secret agencies in missing persons’ cases,” the CJ remarked and questioned the competency of the security agencies, stating that notwithstanding all the resources at hand, trucks laden with arms entered the cities. Additional Advocate General Tariq Ali Tahir presented a report on the Balochistan law and order and made mention of the recovery of mutilated bodies from Karachi on which the CJ expressed his displeasure and observed, “Whosoever is doing this is spoiling the country’s image and not serving the province.”

Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) Chairman Nasrullah Baloch told the court that 26 mutilated bodies, belonging to Balochistan, had been recovered from Karachi.

The chief justice remarked that the recovery of the mutilated bodies had come to halt a few days ago, but its resurgence was a dangerous phenomenon, adding those who received the bodies faced painful times.

Balochistan Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad told the court that he along with the IG police had visited Karachi a few days back and had taken up the issue with the Sindh government. Additional Attorney General Shah Khawar said a high-profile meeting had been called in this regard and serious efforts were being made for the recovery of the missing persons.

Justice Jawad S Khawaja said such assurances were also given earlier to the court but no progress was made. He regretted the investigating team of the federal government had not answered many questions regarding the missing persons. “The court has nothing to do with who FC IG is now and who previously was, but all the court wants is progress in the case of missing persons. It is high time the people should get relief now,” Justice Jawad S Khawaja remarked.

On the request of the attorney general, the court gave two weeks to security agencies for progress in the case of missing persons and observed there were evidences that the FC and security agencies had picked up 70 persons. The court ordered production of all the persons.