It’s not possible to eliminate crimes unless criminals are punished: SC

It’s not possible to eliminate crimes unless criminals are punished: SC

Supreme-Court-of-PakistanKARACHI: The Supreme Court, while conducting hearing of the Karachi law and order suo moto implementation case, has expressed its dissatisfaction over the report submitted by the Additional IG Sindh police, Shahid Hayat and said that it is not possible to eliminate the crimes unless the criminals are punished. SC while taking notice of appointment of SSP Malir Rao Anwar by violating the SC orders has summons reply from IG Sindh tomorrow (Wednesday).

Three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice, Tassaduq Hussain Jilani and comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali conducted Karachi law and order suo moto implementation case on Monday at the Karachi Registry of the Supreme Court.

The Court reprimanded the jail officials for installing jammers around the Central jail premises which has caused inconvenience to residents of the surrounding areas,

During the hearing, Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Karachi, Shahid Hayat, submitted before the bench a report over the performance of police according to which 13,000 suspects were apprehended since September.

The report further said that charge-sheets against 175 accused were filed in anti-terrorism courts whereas charge-sheets against more than seven thousand arrested persons had been filed in sessions courts.

Justice Jawwad S Khawaja responded to the AIG in a chiding manner, saying only the filing of charge-sheets had sufficed for him.

The police officer informed the court that mobile phone jammers had also been installed at the prisons to end the use of mobile phone by inmates.

Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said that the jammers had deprived people residing near prisons of the use of mobile phones.

Instructing the police officer to discontinue the practice, Justice Khilji questioned as to why were such jammers installed in the first place.

The CJP inquired as to why such jammers were placed that are affecting the residents of the adjoining areas.

Replying to this, the AIG Shahid Hayat informed the court that Ghausia Colony, PIB Colony and Hyderabad Colony are the most affected areas and that efforts are underway to reduce the range of jammers.

The court also took notice of the killing of a judge’s son in an attack in rural Sindh and another attack on another judge’s son. The bench remarked that in both the incidents the persons were targeted after having been identified by the attackers.

Supreme Court while taking notice of appointment of SSP Malir Rao Anwar by violating the SC orders has summons reply from IG Sindh tomorrow (Wednesday). The court has constituted five-member larger bench will hear the case. The court said IG Police should inform that why Rao Anwar was reappointed without informing the court. Supreme Court bench headed by former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had removed Rao Anwar from his post after the Abbas Town terrorist attack.

Meanwhile, senior member Sindh Board of Revenue, Syed Zulfiqar Shah informed the court that 60,000 acres of land is being illegally occupied in Karachi. He said that over 8000 acres land is occupied by private grabbers while 52,000 is unlawfully possessed by federal and provincial governments.

He further informed the court that 52,000 acres of land were occupied by federal or provincial government institutions which included Malir Development Authority (MDA), Defence Housing Authority (DHA) and Port Qasim Authority (PQA) among others.

He added that a further 8,000 acres were occupied by illegal Goths, poultry farms and the builders’ mafia.

Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali giving his remarks said that the lands were being occupied illegally under the nose of agencies and the actual owners of the lands were facing hardships.

The court said SSP of the anti-encroachment cell (AEC) was behind the illegal occupation of land. Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said in his remarks that officials of Sindh police’s Anti-Encroach Cell are also found involved in land encroachment.

AIGP Shahid Hayat told the court that the AEC was not subordinate to the police.

The court sought a report over the recovery of occupied land by the next hearing of the case which was adjourned to February 26.

At outset of the hearing, Karachi police chief AIG Shahid Hayat presented a report that over 10,000 criminals have been arrested in past two-and-a-half months, adding that challan is presented only against 175 of them,

At which, the Chief Justice inquired from the AIG Sindh as to why the challans were presented against a few people as compared to 10,000 arrests. The AIG informed the court that 7000 cases have also been registered in the session courts.

He informed that court that mobile jammers have been installed at Karachi Central Prison. To which, the Chief Justice observed that the jammers affect mobile communications in the locality; therefore low-range jammers should be used. Shahid Hayat assured the court that police would review that matter.

The bench sought a detailed report from the Sindh government as to how the authorities will take measures to evacuate occupied land.

The bench has already ordered the provincial government and law enforcing agencies to chalk out a coordinated system against arms smuggling, gang wars and other criminal activities in the city.

The court sought report from Board of Revenue regarding removal of the encroachments on the state land.

The court said that all the cases related to revenue will be heard by a 5-member larger bench of the court. The court adjourned hearing of the case till tomorrow (Wednesday).

It is pertinent to mention here that in the last hearing on November 29, 2013, the apex court had directed the Sindh government, Rangers, police and intelligence agencies, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to present their reports about their performance in improving the law and order situation in the metropolis.

The court bench had directed authorities concerned to adopt a fool proof system to issue mobile phone SIMs and put in place a system at the Karachi Port to monitor imported items and shipping containers.

The bench had directed authorities to take action against criminal elements on intelligence information and call in the armed forces when the need arose.

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