ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court of Pakistan will announce the reserved judgement in Karachi target killing case today (Thursday). A five-member special bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Ghulam Rabbani heard the case for three weeks in Karachi. The bench after hearing all concerned parties had reserved the judgement on September 16, 2011. The Chief Justice had taken suo moto notice of the unabated killings in Karachi on a statement of Allama Tahir-ul-Qadri, which appeared in an Urdu daily, urging the CJP to take action on Karachi situation.
In the months of July and early first two weeks of August frequent killings of innocent citizens have made the lives of Karachiites miserable; the citizens were being abducted for ransom; beheaded dead bodies with tied arms and legs of the innocents wrapped in sacks were recovered in large numbers daily and the street crime was in abundance. The police and Rangers were watching merely as spectators; and the top government functionaries were callously viewing the situation with no inclination to maintain the writ of the state. Farough Naseem represented Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), while Babar Awan, former law minister and leader Pakistan Peoples Party, appeared on behalf of the federal government in suo moto case. Iftikhar Gilani, senior advocate Supreme Court represented Awami National Party and Abdul Hafeez Pirzada was the counsel of Sindh government.
The MQM fully supported the idea of across the aboard accountability. The suo moto made lot difference as the police and paramilitary (Rangers) got confidence and they launched operations in various part of the metropolitan without fear. Notices are being issued to all concerned including counsel for the parties, Attorney General for Pakistan, President Supreme Court Bar Association, President Sindh High Court Bar Association, Advocate General, the Prosecutor General and the Inspector General of Police, Sindh. Justice (Retd) Tariq Mehmood said that maintaining law and order in Karachi was basically the responsibility of the executive. But when the governments both federal and provincial failed to stop killings then the Supreme Court had to take suo moto notice of the situation. He was quite optimistic that there would be more directions to the police and law enforcement agencies.
( The Nation )
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