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Karachi: "We've come to know such horrendous things that we cannot describe", CJ Iftikhar

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Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar M. Chaudhary
Karachi: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, on Friday, told the police chief in charge of violence-hit Karachi to crack down without political bias on gang wars that have killed more than 1,000 people this year. Take non-discriminatory action against those involved in the killings”, Chief Justice said after hearing testimony by Inspector General Police (IGP) Sindh Wajid Durrani. “Whatever the situation may be, whether a person is killed because of enmity or terrorism, police will have to take action and catch those responsible”, the CJ said. But Durrani - himself accused of being a political appointee of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) - acknowledged politicisation in the police force, with the gang wars linked to party affiliations in the city.

“Around 30 to 40 percent of appointments in the police force have been made on political grounds, which is a big problem”, Durrani told the court adding that “we face difficulty in taking departmental action against them due to political pressure”. The Supreme Court had ordered for the elimination of shoulder promotion. It questioned why this law was not repealed in Sindh as Punjab and KP had already revoked it on the orders of the court. The CJ said: “Mr. IG we are sitting here to strengthen you. We are talking of consolidating Pakistan. Here we have come to know such horrendous things on solid basis that we cannot describe them here”. IG Sindh said a stay order had been issued on shoulder promotion. The CJ remarked whosoever has any objection he should file an application till September 13. We will take it up, he further said. Speaking about problems being faced by the law enforcement agencies in the city, Sindh IGP said that cellular network companies and PTA did not cooperate with the police and often did not provide the police with the required data.

The CJ asked from Babar Awan as to whom the court should issue the orders in this regard. Awan said the orders should be issued to the Federation so that matter could be discussed with the mobile companies. The CJ directed City Police Chief Saud Mirza to present a report to the SC about whatever is required by him in this connection so that the order could be issued in this respect. Saud Mirza requested the court since he had to face difficulties due to non-availability of the IMEI number of China Mobile therefore, import of China mobile phones be banned. The Chief Justice remarked had customs authorities performed their duties in a befitting manner thousands of containers would not have been stolen. Regarding other issues faced by the police, Durrani requested the court to order the State Bank of Pakistan to cooperate with police. Sindh Advocate General Fateh Malik told the court that out of 44 murders of Balochs, 38 FIRs have been registered.

Chief Justice criticised Sindh Advocate General, blaming him of not putting his heart into his job. The CJ remarked: “All the forces have become active due to our presence. But dead bodies are being found here despite the assertions by all parties including PPP, MQM and others that they want peace in Karachi”. Attorney General Molvi Anwarul Haq submitted report of Intelligence Bureau regarding law and order situation in Karachi before the bench. During the previous proceedings of suo motu case on law and order situation in Karachi, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry had asked the Attorney General to submit the report. The five-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Justice Amer Hani Muslim and Justice Ghulam Rabbani was hearing the suo motu case. Advocate General Abdul Fatah Malik submitted progress report of cases related to incidents of violence.

To a question by the CJ about the registration of a weak case in Chakra Goth incident, the IGP informed that action has been taken against the Investigation Officer of the case. The bench also directed the Advocate General to submit details of the incidents of firing on buses in Banaras and other areas and about kidnapping of football player from Lyari area. Hearing of the case was adjourned till September 13.
( The Nation )

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