Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday said that the death squads of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) should be abolished.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Chaudhry resumed the hearing on the law and order situation in Balochistan.

Baloch nationalist leader Sardar Akhtar Mengal, who is a former chief minister of the province, also attended the hearing and recorded his statement. He presented five recommendations to improve law and order situation in the province.

The chief justice in the course of hearing said that the court had issued 60 orders during the 68 hearings on the case but no practical steps were taken.

He further said that he had appeared in the court only to discuss the missing persons issue adding that without the resolution of the missing persons issue the 65-year-old political issue cannot be resolved.

The bench asked the chief secretary of the Balochistan to deliver Sardar Akhtar Mengal’s message to federal and provincial governments seeking and sought from him a written reply on the issue on the next hearing.

The chief justice directed the chief secretary to discuss the issue with President Asif Ali Zardari, Director General (DG) of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and DG Military Intelligence (MI) and to inform the court in writing as to what steps are being taken to resolve the issue.

He noted, the missing persons would be recovered and that the court would go to any extent, if needed, to achieve the purpose. All overt and covert operations must be put to an end and the displaced Baloch should be rehabilitated”.

He continued that that First Information Reports (FIRs) would be lodged against those held responsible and the cases would be heard in the higher courts rather than the lower courts.

Later, the court adjourned the next hearing of the case until September 28 (Friday).

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