SC asks govt to find root cause of Hazara killings

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has urged the government to get to the root cause of the Hazara town carnage and stated that under Article 9 of the Constitution, it is the state’s responsibility to provide safety and security to its citizens.

A three-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Sh Azmat Saeed resumed hearing of the suo moto notice into the killings in Hazara Town in Quetta.

During the course of the proceedings, the chief justice remarked, “The people of Balochistan cannot be confined to their houses and there is a need to show efficiency to root out causes behind such incidents.”

The CJ said that there was a dire need to formulate a long-term planning to bring peace in Quetta as it used to be one of the most peaceful cities of Pakistan.Azam Khattak, Additional Advocate General Balochistan, apprised the court that scanning and checking was being made in the area and the security for Hazara Town had also been beefed up.

When Justice Sh Azmat Saeed inquired whether scanners were installed in the area, the additional advocate replied that the scanners were being brought and would be installed there. Justice Ejaz Afzal remarked wherever scanners were needed should be provided on emergency basis.

The CJ inquired whether the victims had been given the compensation or not, and Azam Khattak stated that the work was being done and the matter would be solved in a week time.Senator Abbas Komeli also submitted his statement before the court which was accepted by the bench.

He said the Hazara community did not back any targeted operation against anyone adding that real culprits behind these incidents should be brought to justice.PPP MNA Syed Nasir Ali Shah in his statement said that the people of Quetta are proud to be Pakistanis.

He said, “We do not want compensation. We only want peace in Quetta. We want the culprits to be dealt with iron hands.”The bench in its order stated that the Additional Advocate General Balochistan submitted a progress report before the bench and it was noticed that the law enforcement agencies and local administration had so far been not succeeded in identifying the root causes of the incidents.

It was also noted in the order that despite warnings, no steps were taken and compensation was not paid to the victims which should be provided on priority.Later, the court directed the Inspector General of Balochistan Police, Chief Secretary, Inspector General Frontier Constabulary and Home Secretary Balochistan to submit a comprehensive report on the incident and adjourned hearing till March 6.