Country in the grip of lawlessness: SC


Rejecting the Punjab government’s report in missing persons’ case, the Supreme Court has sought a reply from Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt within 24 hours.
A three-member bench, led by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, heard the case of Khawar Mehmood. Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokar and Amina MAsood Janjua were also present.
During the course of the hearing, the DPO presented a report that the government had formed a joint investigative team (JIT).
Justice Khawaja remarked that maybe there was no need of the JIT. He asked where the Punjab advocate general was.
He said that the constitution was of no importance to the intelligence agencies. By reading newspapers it seems lawlessness prevails everywhere in the country.
In the case, the prime minister and the Balochistan CM were quarters concerned. “… No one seems serious if work is going to be carried out in this manner than we would not be able to recover Khawar in the next 15 years,” he said.
Police, under the Criminal Act, have the authority to carry on criminal proceedings against an intelligence officer for not cooperating in an investigation, Justice Khawaja remarked.
He said that under Section 54 the police should investigate and recover Khawar Mehmood.
The court gave 24 hours to Butt to ask the federal government if they were serious in recovery of Khawar or not.
Later, the court adjourned the hearing until Friday.