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Pakistan's surpeme court warns top general, forced ISI agents to present themselves in court

Hon. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the current Chief Justice of
Pakistan today warned the Pakistan army chief over the situation in

He further said that the security situation in Balochistan is extremely
serious and General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the Chief of Army Staff of the
Pakistan Army will have to explain the reasons for the deterioration of
the situation. A judicial bench consisting of three justices, including
Chaudhry conducted a hearing over the law and situation in Balochistan
today. The bench expressed concerns over reports of “missing persons” in
the province, who disappeared without a trace after being detained by
the army.

Justice Chaudhry also heavily criticized Maj Gen Obaidullah Khan
Khattak, the Inspector General Frontier Corps of Pakistan (FC). Maj Gen
Khattak had conducted a press conference a few days ago, in which he had
claimed that a large number of ethnic Baloch have joined various
insurgent groups active in the province. He further claimed that these
groups are receiving military and financial aid from “foreign powers”.
Justice Chaudhry informed the media that Khattak is not authorized to
hold press meetings and his action is a violation of the code of
According to various Pakistani political analysts, Justice Chaudhry
was probably hinting that he will use the Article 190 of the Pakistani
constitution, which gives the court the power to summon all executive
and judicial authorities in the country. If enforced, Gen Kayani will be
duty bound to explain the actions of the FC in Balochistan before the
court, which may cause serious inconvenience to the Pakistani military
Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was appointed as the Chief Justice of
Pakistan on 30 June 2005, being nominated by the then President, Pervez
Musharraf. On 3rd November 2007, General Pervez Musharraf invoked state
of emergency in Pakistan and suspended Chaudhry. He was reinstated in
2009. Born in Quetta, Balochistan, Chaudhry is an ethnic-Muhajir, whose
family had immigrated to Pakistan from India at the time of
independence. He was first nominated as the Justice to the Supreme Court
of Pakistan in 2000.


Added: Jun-13-2012 Occurred On: Jun-13-2012
By: Ray Kalm
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