SC lashes out at army in missing persons’ case

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Supreme Court Justice Jawwad S Khwaja has said some black sheep were maligning the Pakistan Army, and if someone thought he was above the law, he needed to reconsider.

He said this while hearing the a case regarding missing persons including Tasif Ali from Rawalpindi, Umar Hayat, Umar Bakht, Ghulam Sajjad Ahmed and Noor Bibi from Chakwal.

He said it was high time people stood up for their rights. “The judiciary will not let wrong practices to continue.”

Justice Khwaja said the army had taken an oath and could not do anything that was contrary to it.

“We have come to know lot about Balochistan, which cannot be ignored. We are aware of what is going on in the country. If missing persons are not recovered, cases will be registered against the officials concerned,” the justice added.

He said the security and the country’s integrity depended upon rule of law and the constitution. “For God’s sake allow the country to be run in accordance with the law,” Justice Khwaja said.

He said the army was defending the country in a befitting manner but it should take care of human rights too, adding that the nation had lot of expectations attached with the armed forces.

Earlier, the Ministry of Defence told the court that three missing persons – Zakir Ullah, Fasih Ullah and Rashid Gull – were in the custodial centre of the Military Intelligence (MI) in Lakki Marwat.

The court ordered Deputy Attorney General Alizai to arrange the meeting of these three detainees with their parents. The court also sought a detailed report on all the captives.

The bench also instructed the DAG to find out about the whereabouts of Brigadier (r) Siddiq Khan.

Later, further proceedings were adjourned until June 11.