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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Suo motu hearing: Investigation team submits report on Mastung attack

Published: October 4, 2011
Pakistani Shiite Muslims shout slogans against the killing of community members in Quetta on September 21, 2011. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE
QUETTA: An investigation team on Tuesday submitted its report to the Balochistan High Court (BHC) during the suo motu hearing of the firing incident that killed 26 Shia pilgrims in Mastung last month.
Express 24/7 correspondent Muhammad Kazim reported that the court expressed dissatisfaction over the report, saying that no concrete progress had been made in the case.
The court directed the investigation team to utilise all resources available to make material progress in the case. It also directed the provincial and federal agencies to extend their cooperation to the team.
The court also expressed dismay over the publishing of statements by organisations that have been banned under the terrorist act, and passed an interim order directing all media organisations to refrain from publishing or broadcasting statements by the banned outfits.
The BHC also directed the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and the International Committee of Justice to appear before the court and express their views on the issue. The order comes in the wake of statements made by SCBA President Asma Jahangir, who had said that the high court does not have the authority to take suo motu notice of such incidents.
The hearing of the case has been adjourned till October 18.
Twenty-six Shia pilgrims were killed in a firing incident on September 19 in Mastung, about 30 kilometres southeast of Quetta, when a group of armed men attacked a passenger bus carrying pilgrims from Quetta to Iran.
The Mastung attack was claimed by the banned militant outfit Laskar-e-Jhangvi.
On Tuesday, another 14 people of the Shia community were killed in a firing incident near the Western Bypass in Quetta.

THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

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