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Violation of citizens’ rights won’t be tolerated: SC

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday remarked that the court will not tolerate any violation of citizens’ rights.A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, resumed hearing of the case pertaining to 35 persons who had gone missing from Malakand.

The court rejected the federal government’s report about the missing persons and directed the attorney general for Pakistan and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa advocate general to submit fresh reports till February 10.

During the course of proceedings, the KP Advocate General Shah Latif said the court had been informed many times that the missing persons were in the custody of the armed forces. He apprised the court that the KP government had constituted a special committee to review the cases of missing persons.

It would also examine as to who had handed over the missing persons to whom. The law would take its course keeping in view the facts. Justice Khawaja remarked that the provincial government was responsible for the safety of the people. The advocate general said he had asked the provincial government to implement the court orders in letter and spirit and the commission would complete its recommendation within seven days.

Justice Khawaja observed that the court gave great importance to the credibility of advocate general. He said after the passage of 18th Constitutional Amendment the provinces now had independence but their responsibilities had also been increased.

Expressing annoyance over the non recovery of Yasin Shah, Justice Khawaja remarked that there were no progress despite the lapse of two years. The court had shown flexibility towards government and institutions. It was the 26th hearing of the case without any progress, he observed. Later, the court adjourned hearing till February 11.

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