PM Kakar snubs IHC in Missing Baloch Students Probe

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Islamabad, Nov 26: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has officially conveyed his decision not to appear before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in connection with the case concerning the disappearance of Baloch students.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has summoned Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar ul Haq Kakar to personally appear on November 29 in a case related to the missing Baloch students. Additionally, the Defence, Human Rights, and Interior Ministers have also received summons to appear before the court.

In response to the court’s directive, the government has been instructed to present the 55 missing students in accordance with the recommendations of the Baloch Enforced Disappearance Commission.

According to the court’s findings, 69 Baloch students experienced racial profiling, harassment, and forced disappearance. The court order states, “According to the record, some disappeared students were later returned home, while 50 of them remain missing.”

The court expressed dissatisfaction with the Prime Minister and Interior Minister, both hailing from Balochistan, for their lack of proactive measures. The order emphasized that the absence of positive results after 21 hearings is deemed an insult to the constitution of Pakistan.

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, citing prior commitments, disclosed, “I will be abroad due to my participation in COP 28. Obviously, as the prime minister, there are several commitments. Apart from this, we will ensure our representation in other relevant forums,” during an interview with a private news channel.

Caretaker Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti, in a separate interview, expressed reservations about summoning the prime minister, arguing that it is not appropriate for the court to summon the premier for every minor issue.

Earlier this week, the Sindh High Court hinted at summoning the interim prime minister if police and provincial authorities failed to make progress in the recovery of missing persons.

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