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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Agencies answerable to Balochistan Govt. CJP

> ISLAMABAD, March 08 : During a hearing of the missing persons' case on Tuesday, the Supreme Court directed the Balochistan government to contact intelligence agencies regarding the issue.

The apex court said that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and other intelligence agencies were answerable to the Balochistan government as well as to the courts.

During the hearing, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry remarked that despite law and order situation in the province, authorities had failed to apprehend a significant number of suspects involved in target killings and kidnapping for ransom.

During the hearing Advocate General Balochistan told the court that 244 people had been killed in the province in 2010 and that the provincial government had compensated the affected families.

Chief Justice Iftikhar directed Chief Secretary Balochistan to submit within four weeks a report regarding the local government elections and the missing lawyers.

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