Islamabad Politics Report/Allahdad Sadique: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar took on Wednesday suo motu notice of the targeted killings of the Hazara community in Quetta.
Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has taken notice of terrorist attacks on Hazara community. The notice was taken during the course of hearing of other cases.
Chief Justice of Pakistan observed, “it has been pointed out by the members of the Bar and it has widely been published in the news media that during the last several years, the Hazara community living in Quetta has been a target of repeated terrorist attacks driven by ethnic and sectarian hatred.
According to a report by the National Commission for the Human Rights released in March this year, the Hazara community has suffered 509 killings done in Quetta city during the last five years, January, 2012 to December, 2017,CJP noted.
During the month of April, 2018 alone, there have been four separate terrorist attacks on Hazara men resulting in the death of six persons,CJP further noted.
The right to life is the most sacred human right guaranteed by Article 9 of the Constitution , CJP observed adding that said right given by constitution has been violated with impunity by miscreants against the small and dwindling community which is otherwise peaceful and law abiding.
There has been failure by the law enforcement agencies of the State to protect the fundamental rights of this community,CJP observed.
Such a state of affairs affects the fear and indemnity of Shia community in Pakistan and represents a matter of great public importance”, Chief Justice added.
“Their killers are openly holding rallies,” the chief justice remarked during a hearing, noting that the Hazaras do not get admission in universities, cannot go to schools and hospitals.
“Are they not citizens of Pakistan,” he observed.
“Hazaras are scared and have thus not submitted a request to the apex court,” he noted further.
Taking Suo Motu notice of such an alarming situation, Chief Justice of Pakistan issued notices to the Government of Balochistan through its Chief Secretary and Home Secretary, its IGP, Frontier Constabulary, the Government of Pakistan through the Interior Secretary and the Secretary Ministry of Defence for filing their reports within 10 days, on measures taken by the respective forces and agencies under their charge to ensure the security of Hazara community in Quetta and also to report causes for their failure to safeguard the lives of the members of the Hazara community.
The chief justice stated that he will hear the case on May 11 in Quetta.