CJP takes suo-moto notice of Quetta incident

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 31 (APP): Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali on Wednesday took Suo Moto notice under Article 184(3) of the Constitution.
The notice was taken on a note of Registrar containing the details of the Quetta bomb blast incident on August 8 in which 73 people including lawyers, media persons lost their lives and almost more than 104 got serious injuries.
The note further stated that the Quetta incident has raised many doubts about the sate of governance in Balochistan in particular and the country in general.
It said the way the planned incident took place, brings into question the efficacy of the state machinery. Lack of security arrangements, despite past precedents points at the miserable failure of Provincial Government and law enforcement agencies to avert the tragic incident, it added.
The note stated the lack of proper security arrangements by the administration constitutes violation of fundamental right of life and liberty guaranteed under Article 9 of the Constitution.
Moreover, insufficient arrangements and medical facilities in the hospital of the Provincial headquarter resulted in further loss of life, it added.
The serious injured were compelled to be shifted from Civil Hospital to the CMH and other hospitals outside the province. The post-disaster scenario is not encouraging either.
It appears that the incident has been forgotten and no headway has been made in either tracing the culprits or to mobilze state resources to prevent such occurrences in future.
There is no evidence of any cognizance taken by the Provincial Government in this regard.
After going through the note of Registrar, the Chief Justice of Pakistan has directed the office to fix the case in Court on September 20 with notice to Chief Secretary, Advocate General Balochistan and IG Balochistan.