|Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar M. Chaudhary|
CJP said to IG Sindh “several areas have been ignored during the operation, Honest officers be brought back and operation be conducted indiscriminately. We are standing with you. We have to complete the case from 8 to 10 days. This has become trend that the accused is presented before media on the next day of his arrest. Later the accused goes back from his statement”. CJP directed that honest SHOs be appointed in the police stations and DVD of torture cells be presented in the court tomorrow. Iftikhar Gilani counsel for ANP while giving arguments said he could prove that ongoing carnage in Karachi was not linguistic. Ajmal Pahari had admitted before all the agencies that he was imparted training in India. “We have seen 3 martial laws and bells of another martial law are ringing. The recent target killing in Karachi was not linguistic and it was also not a gang war. Gangs kill only their rivals and not the innocent citizens”, he contended.
He said statements given by former home minister of Sindh Zulfiqar Mirza could not be ignored. CJP remarked if any media report was not refuted then its contents were true as per Wali Khan case. Iftikhar Gilani said army could be called in Karachi under article 147 of the constitution instead of article 24 so that the powers could rest with provincial governments. CJP inquired “When your police, rangers and agencies have ability then why they are not engaged to do this job. Government has ability to improve the situation in the city but it has no intention to do so”. Counsel for ANP said that decision of this case be kept withheld and it should be monitored what the government was doing. CJP remarked Abdul Hafiz Pirzada had earlier suggested that a wake up call be given to the government. Implementation of constitution is our job. We will see IG Sindh give what results.
CJP observed 800 persons were killed in Karachi in the last year and killing was continuing this year as well. 2 dead bodies were recovered from Karachi a day before and one was burnt alive. Police is doing what, he inquired. Mujib Pirzada counsel for Sindh Bachao Party said government was supporting extortionists and land mafia. Government of Sindh has issued prohibited bore licenses to in Karachi and honest police officers have been sidelined. Militant wing of an allied party of government was behind target killings, he accused. Guerrilla war like situation is prevailing in the city, he said. Mujib Pirzada said PIA, Railways and several national entities had been destroyed. Ruling party had observed strike against Supreme Court, he submitted. Justice Ghulam Rabbani said if Pakistan is not safe then we and our next generations will also not remain secure. Iftikhar Gilani and Mujib Pirzada completed their arguments. President Supreme Court Bar Association Asma Jahangir and Karachi bar president Muhammad Aqil would give arguments tomorrow. The hearing of the case has been adjourned till tomorrow.
( The Nation )
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