SC again rejects police, rangers report on Karachi no-go areas; wants concrete progress in seven days

SC again rejects police, rangers report on Karachi no-go areas; wants concrete progress in seven days

KARACHI, (SANA): The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has once again rejected the report presented by the police and Rangers regarding no-go areas in the metropolis.

A five-member larger bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad Khawaja, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan on Friday resumed hearing of the Karachi law and order case at Karachi Registry of the Supreme Court.

During proceedings of the case, Chief Justice remarked that court’s orders were not implemented, adding that the IG Sindh should present an affidavit from SHOs and DSPs regarding no-go areas in the city.

The bench once again rejected reports submitted by the Sindh Police and Rangers on so-called no-go areas in the city.

In its report, police admitted that there are 29 partial and 13 no-go areas in Karachi. Chief justice inquired how famous PIB Colony became a no-go area.

The Chief Justice remarked that if there was no result within seven days, an order similar to the one in the Balochistan law and order case would be given. Chief Justice said that the officers who sense fear to their lives they should move to Islamabad.

Meanwhile, the court directed the commission established in connection with the occupation of lands to submit report in 12 days after investigations pertaining to 542 allotments.

Chief Justice said that the court can not allow the lands to be distributed among the favorites.

Chief Justice inquired about the senior member board of revenue, upon which, Advocate General said that Shazar Shamhoon is on the five days medical leave.

Justice Jawad S Khawaja remarked that whether Shazar Shamhoon would remain on leaves until the bench is here in Karachi.

The Chief Justice was also critical of the performance of the police and Rangers, stating that the services of exceptional police officers from across the country could be used.

The Supreme Court also summoned a report from the IG Sindh in three days over a petition filed by the family of Sher Pathan who was killed alongside notorious Liyari gangster Arshad Pappu.

The Supreme Court issued stern warning to law enforcing agencies, saying that the court wants to see concrete results over no-go areas in Karachi within a week otherwise it would be compelled to give strict orders.

The court directed IGP, SHOs, SSPs and DSPs to submit affidavits that there are no no-go areas in their respective jurisdictions.

The court also rejected joint investigation report of the Rangers about different accused persons.

During the hearing, Aelhe-Sunnat Waljamat Leader Maulana Aurangzeb Farooqui appeared in the court and presented the list of 400 persons who been killed and the list of 94 members of the Jamaat who have been arrested.

The Chief Justice said that the Sindh government should announce the compensation for the families of the persons killed like the incident of the Abbas town.

The court adjourned the hearing till April 16, which will be held in Islamabad.

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