ISLAMABAD: The apex court of Pakistan has said that the premier spy agency of the country the ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) and other intelleigence agencies are answerable to the courts as well as the provincial government of Baluchistan, the biggest of the four provinces of the country in term of area. The Court also directed the government of the strife-torn province of Baluchistan to contact the relevant intelligence agencies to help trace whereabouts of scores of persons gone missing in the province.
The court said this while hearing the missing persons case on Tuesday in the federal capital Islamabad. During the hearing of the case the Chief Justice Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, commenting on at the fragile law and order situation in the province expressed concerns at the failure of the relevant authorities to arrest a number of suspects involved in target killings and kidnapping for ransom in the province.
Earlier the chief law officer of Baluchistan province, Advocate General Balochistan, had informed the apex court that 244 people were killed in the province in 2010 and that the provincial government had compensated the affected families.
The Chief Justice Muhammad Iftikhar Chaudhary also ordered the Chief Secretary of the Balochistan province to submit a report regarding the local government elections and the missing lawyers within four weeks.