KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry while hearing Karachi law and order suo motu implementation case has said that it is the responsibility of Pakistan Customs to stop the smuggling of arms into the city. Chief Justice hailed Rangers and police personnel on their anti-criminal action in the city. The court has summoned chairman FBR and DG anti-narcotics with reports today (Wednesday). The court has directed police to continue its actions in the city with impartiality.
Three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry conducted hearing of Karachi law and order suo motu implementation case in Supreme Court Karachi Registry on Tuesday.
Chief Justice said that as to what is the impediment for stopping disorder in the city when the laws have been framed. During the hearing, IG Sindh, Chief Secretary Sindh and DG Rangers submitted their reports in the court over law and order in Karachi.
During the hearing of the case, Customs Collector, Muhammad Yahya informed the court that Customs officials in collaboration with the Rangers are checking the importation of arms into the city at two points.
Customs Collector said that it is admitted that arms are there in Karachi, but these arms are being brought into the city not by the sea but by the land routes. Chief Justice said that the Rangers should be informed and every container should be checked at the port and everything would surface in 15 days.
Chief Justice said that as to why containers are not checked on scanner. The court summoned report regarding the procedure for clearance of container and other articles.
The court expressed annoyance over the law and order situation Liyari. Chief Justice said that 15 judges were given the powers of hearing the cases of terrorism, saying that as to why the request was not submitted for their extension.
Deputy attorney general submitted sealed report in the court on behalf of the interior secretary and requested the court to keep the report secret. While the sealed report of the DG coast guards was also submitted in the court.
Additional Inspector General Sindh police, Shahid Hayat, appeared before the bench and submitted a report on police crackdown against outlaws.
The Karachi police chief stated that targeted operations were carried out in the city in order to curb the violence and street crime.
He informed the court that over 5000 cases were registered since the police operation began.
Advocate General Sindh Khalid Javed Khan informed the court that a campaign was launched in the city to recover illegal arms and, as a result, peace has returned to the city.
He described the ongoing violence in Lyari as mere armed clash between two criminal gangs. He also informed the court that the government has decided to shift the Wali khan Babar murder case and Nehmat Randhawa case in some other city of the province in view of the security of the witnesses. He said in this the government would move formal request to Chief Justice Sindh High Court Justice Maqbool Baqar.
The Chief Justice appreciated police and Rangers actions in Karachi; however, he said that Sindh government’s claims stand in sharp contrast to media reports.
“What’s going on in Lyari? Is it still a no-go area? Are the citizens in Lyari enjoying rights under Article 9? What steps were taken to get rid of illegal arms?” the Chief Justice inquired from the Advocate General Sindh.
During the hearing, Chief Justice inquired from Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayat to take across the board action and assured him of court’s backing.
Karachi police chief Shahid Hayat informed the Supreme Court that that some no-go areas exist in the metropolis.
Shahid Hayat said that there are political issues in different areas of the city. “People of one group are faced with difficulties in entering some areas,” he said.
The chief justice directed the police to establish the writ of the state without indulging in political problems.
Later, the chief justice issued notices to Chief Secretary, IG and DG Rangers and directed them to appear before the court on October 31.
The court also summoned Chairman Federal Board of revenue (FBR) and DG Anti Narcotics to appear in the court with their reports today (Wednesday).
The court issued notices to Sindh Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police and Director General Rangers over 51 identical petitions pertaining to no-go areas in Karachi. The petitions were filed by citizens in the apex court.
The court directed the police to continue indiscriminate action against the culprits in Karachi and adjourned hearing of the case till today (Wednesday).