A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, was hearing a petition filed by the Balochistan High Court Bar Association (BHCBA) against the incidents of target killings, kidnapping for ransom and poor law and order situation in the province, and the killings of MPA Balochistan Bakhtiar Domki’s wife and daughter in Karachi.
During the hearing, the court asked Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq about a report from the spy agencies on the law and order situation in pursuance of the court’s order. The AG informed the court that he had conveyed the court’s directive to the ISI and MI.
The attorney general submitted that both the agencies had sought time for filing the report after March 5 and further pleaded for an in-camera briefing in the court chambers due to the sensitivity of the case in hand.
Meanwhile, the additional advocate general of Sindh submitted a report before the bench pertaining to police investigation into the killing of Domki’s wife and daughter in Karachi.
The Sindh additional advocate general, Karachi DIG Police Shaukatullah and SSP Niaz Khoso appeared before the bench.
The court, however, expressed dissatisfaction at the report and ruled that the police investigation needs more efforts to probe the matter.
During the hearing, Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan inquired that the bullets were fired from a single or more than one gun, saying that it was disclosed in the report that as many as 36 empties were recovered from the crime scene on which SSP Khoso informed the court that bullets were fired from a single gun. However, he said that further investigations were underway.
The court, while going through the report, observed that eyewitnesses had suspected two different brands of cars — Suzuki Alto and Daihatsu Cuore — were used by the assailants in the incident.
The additional advocate general informed the bench that police had launched a search operation in which they inspected a total of 500 Altos and 108 Cuore cars so far.
Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan observed that the court had directed the police to carry out investigations with their “eyes wide open” whereas the findings suggested otherwise. “The police have failed to produce tangible results,” he observed.
The court also summoned the Sindh inspector general on the next hearing and directed him to inform the court why supervision in the case was not done properly. Later, the court adjourned the hearing till March 7.