Supreme Court reprimands Balochistan IGP in Quetta hospital blast case


Chief Justice of Pakistan, Anwar Zaheer Jamali along with his subordinate bench members have reprimanded Balochistan Inspector General of Police (IGP) on Tuesday for unclear answers during the hearing of suo moto case of the blast in Civil Hospital of Quetta in August.

As the hearing progressed, the bench of the Supreme Court asked the Inspector General concerned to report the progress made so far in the investigation by the Balochistan Police to which he replied that it was a terror attack.

Justice Azmat Saeed rejected Balochistan Police chief’s ‘unsatisfactory’ answer and stated that the court should not be given unclear responses as there will not be a compromise on the probe.

Justice Saeed further said that no one should think that the Supreme Court would forget the case after today’s hearing.

Chief Justice of Pakistan had taken suo moto notice of the suicide blast that occurred on August 8.

The notice was taken after a note compiled by the Registrar was forwarded to CJP’s desk that contained all the required details about the incident.

After going through the note, the Chief Justice of Pakistan had instructed the office to set up a hearing on September 20 and issued notices to Chief Secretary, Advocate General of Balochistan and Inspector General of Police of Balochistan.

On August 8, lawyers had gathered at Civil Hospital to collect the body of Balochistan Bar Association President, Bilal Anwar Kasi after he was gunned down the same morning as he drove to work.

More than 70 lives were lost, all of them lawyers and a few others while dozens wounded who were shifted to different hospitals.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that it was a planned act of terror against the community of the lawyers in Quetta.

The injured lawyer had demanded that the prime minister as well the chief of army staff bring the perpetrators to justice and continue efforts to eliminate extremism in the country.