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Says no one is above the law
 
 
Thursday, May 30, 2013
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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court judge, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, said on Wednesday that some black sheep were maligning the Pakistan Army and if someone thought that he was above the law, he would gradually understand the entire issue.

 

He expressed these remarks during the hearing in the case of missing persons, including Tausif Ali from Rawalpindi, Umar Hayat, Umar Bakht, Ghulam Sajjad Ahmed and Noor Bibi from Chakwal, on Wednesday. He said that the time had come that all the people should stand up courageously for their rights. Now the judiciary would not let the wrong practices to continue.

 

He said that the army had taken the oath and it could not move beyond it. He asked if the heads of army organisations had no heart so as to reunite sons with their mothers.“We came to know a lot of factors regarding Balochistan which cannot be ignored. We know what is going on in the country. If the missing persons will not be recovered, cases will be registered against concerned high officials,” the justice added.

 

Justice Jawwad S Khawaja said now no one would go outside the orbit of law. The security and integrity of the country depended upon the rule of law and Constitution. It was high time to compensate for the mistakes of the past. “For God’s sake, allow the country to go in accordance with law,” he said.

 

He said that the army defends the country in a befitting manner but it should take care of human rights too. The nation had lot of expectations from the armed forces. The Ministry of Defence told the court that three missing persons, including Zakir Ullah, Fasih Ullah and Rashid Gull, were at the custodial centre of Military Intelligence (MI) in Lakki Marwat.

 

The court ordered Deputy Attorney General Alizai to arrange the meeting of these three detainees with their parents. The court also sought a detailed report about all the captives locked at the Lucky Marwat Centre.

 

The bench also instructed the DAG to search for the whereabouts of Brigadier (retd) Siddiq Khan. One applicant told the court that he met an army officer, Major Haider, at the MI office in Mirpur on January 7 this year, during which he was assured that Tausif would soon be released but neither had he kept his words nor was he attending his telephone. He said that he could recognise that officer if he came in front of him. The court expressed sorrow that no measures were being taken for the meetings of confined persons with their dear ones and adjourned the proceedings till June 11.