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Govt fails to address law & order issue in Karachi: SC

Govt fails to address law & order issue in Karachi: SC

KARACHI, (SANA): The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has concluded that the government has failed to seriously address the law and order issue in Karachi.

A larger bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday resumed hearing of the case pertaining to the implementation of the court’s earlier order over Karachi’s law and order situation at the Supreme Court’s Karachi registry and a list of political activists involved in criminal activities was presented before the court.

The Supreme Court had given a detailed order in the Karachi law and order case after the chief justice had taken suo motu action on the security situation in the city.

During proceedings of the case on Thursday, The Inspector General (IG) Sindh Police presented a detailed report over the incidents of target killings and extortion in the city.

The police presented a report before the bench having the list of political parties’ workers who were involved in various crimes.

The report submitted by IG Sindh included a list of 224 alleged target killers, having affiliation with different political parties and banned outfits.

According to the report, 208 target killers and 258 extortionists were arrested from Karachi after October 6, 2011 while 351 cases were registered against 224 activists on the charges of murder, robbery and possessing illegal arms.

The report also stated that out of the 208 arrested target killers, 81 are from MQM, 38 from Sunni Tehreek, 27 from TTP, 17 Lyari gang war groups, 13 ANP, 6 from Peoples’ Aman Committee and 9 are from Tehreek-e-Insaf.

The report has included the banned TTP, Jindallah and Lyari gang war groups among the political parties.

It was also reported that 20,428 accused were arrested and challans of 240 cases were presented in the court.

Police raided 45,535 times and arrested 268 extortionists who were involved in 338 extortion cases while the challans of 152 were presented in the court.

The court expressed annoyance at the administrative matters saying that the city is on fire but there is no permanent IG nor a chief secretary in the province.

Supreme Court ordered the immediate appointment of IG Police Sindh and it rejected the statement of DG Rangers during the hearing of Karachi lawlessness case.

Whose mercy Karachi is being left to, the court asked giving direction for the immediate appointment of IG Sindh and immediate appearance of chief secretary before the court failing which he should be sacked.

The bench inquired the government’s failure to end no-go areas in the city including Lyari.

Chief Justice Chaudhry remarked that despite bad law and order situation in Karachi why permanent IGP Sindh is not appointed.

The court ordered IGP Sindh and Director General Rangers to submit written replies as to why no-go areas in the city were abolished up till now.

The court also ordered federal secretary establishment to appoint permanent IGP in Sindh.

Earlier, Sindh chief secretary submitted a report to the Karachi registry of the apex court regarding cancellation of contracts of 14 police officers.

Awais Muzaffar Tappi, a foster brother of President Asif Ali Zardari, has also filed response, rejecting allegations of inflicting losses of billions of rupees to the national exchequer.

The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Military Intelligence (MI) submitted reports into Abbas Town blast.

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