Day: November 25, 2011

Three day protest in Balochistan over killings

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The discovery of the bullet-riddled bodies of two activists of Baloch nationalist groups in Balochistan has prompted a call for a three-day protest and 40 days of mourning in the province.

  Nearly 200 bodies of activists of Baloch nationalist groups have been found in the province since last year. Relatives of the dead men have alleged that they were killed by intelligence and security agencies.

The security establishment has denied the charges.The bodies of Baloch Republican Party informational secretary Jalel Reki and Baloch National Movement activist Mohammad Younus were found dumped in Aap Sar area of Turbat,close to border with Iran, on Wednesday.

Reki’s body bore multiple marks of torture, media reports said. Reki’s relatives said he was taken away from Quetta by
unidentified armed men on February 13, 2009.The BRP has called for a three-day strike across Balochistan and 40 days of mourning to condemn the killing of its leader.

According to Reki’s father Abdul Qadeer Baloch, an FIR had been registered against then Inspector General of the Frontier Corps, Maj Gen Saleem Nawaz, and an official of an intelligence agency for their alleged involvement in the detention of his son.

Younus was a resident of Tasp in Panjgur. His body was handed over to his relatives.Reki’s father has formed the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons with other relatives of persons detained without charge by security agencies.

He has been on hunger strike outside Quetta Press Club for the release of his son and other missing persons.Nasrullah Baloch, chairman of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, has asked international human rights organisations to take notice of incidents of abduction, extra-judicial killings and recovery of decomposed bodies of Baloch activists.

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Executive magistrates’ in Balochistan declared illegal

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QUETTA – Balochistan High Court has declared the Code of Criminal Procedure (Balochistan Amendment) Act and Ordinance, 2010 ultra vire the Constitution of Pakistan and observed that the amendment had no legal effect.
The ordinance was meant to introduce executive magistracy in the Balochistan province and to entrust it with judicial powers to conduct trials and impose punishments. Section 4 of the Act bifurcated magistrates into judicial magistrates and executive magistrates respectively as under:
Division bench comprising Chief Justice Balochistan Qazi Faez Isa, Justice Muhammad Hashim Khan Kakar declared the amendment null and void.
Member of Balochistan Bar Council and Judicial Commission of Pakistan for Balochistan Muhammad Kamran Khan Mulakhail had filed the petition.
The court in its decision stated that any rule, notification and order issued appointing any person as Executive Magistrate and granting such person powers to conduct trials and any other powers pursuant to the said Act or Ordinance are of no legal effect. “Resultantly, all proceedings pending before the Executive Magistrates appointed pursuant to the said Act and or Ordinance to be transferred to the Judicial Magistrates and or the sessions judges of the concerned districts, who upon receipt of such cases shall proceed therewith in accordance with law,” Bench ordered and further said all convictions awarded and acquittals made by the executive magistrates under the impugned laws being coram non judice are hereby set aside and all such cases to be adjudicate afresh by the judicial magistrates/sessions judges as the case may be.