SC calls rangers’ report eyewash, scolds police over failure in Karachi unrest; summons report from chief secretary on fleeing of prisoners from police custody

SC calls rangers’ report eyewash, scolds police over failure in Karachi unrest; summons report from chief secretary on fleeing of prisoners from police custody

KARACHI, (SANA): The Supreme Court of Pakistan, while hearing of Karachi law and order suo moto implementation case , has expressed displeasure over Rangers for their failure to restore peace in the violence-plagued metropolitan city.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Amir Hani Muslim on Monday resumed proceedings of Karachi law and order implementation case at Karachi Registry of the Supreme Court.

During hearing of the case, the Supreme Court took notice of the escape of two suspected terrorists from the city courts.

The bench ordered the concerned police officers to submit a report over suspected terrorists’ escape from the court.

On July 13, the two terrorists made a swift escape from the city courts while the CID police was taking them back to the armoured personnel carrier.

The court expressed disappointment over the absence of inspector general (IG) of Sindh police, stating that the IG falls sick every time when there is a hearing related to this case.

During the hearing, Rangers presented its report on law and order situation in the city and measures taken by them.

The rangers said that about 1000 operations were conducted in Karachi and nearly 175 accused have been arrested and after that the peace in Karachi has been restored.

However, the report bore no signature of DG Rangers. At which Justice Amir Hani termed it as a “bid to hoodwink the court”.

The bench expressed anger over a report produced by the Sindh Pakistan Rangers over Karachi unrest.

The court also expressed anger after the report was presented before it without the signatures of the DG Rangers.

Justice Amir Hani Muslim asked the Rangers to resubmit the report with DG’s signatures.

During the hearing, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said that the court might summon DG Rangers if the need arose.

The court also inquired as to how mobile phones were brought in a Karachi jail and what action was taken against the responsible officials. IG Jails informed the court that six officers were suspended over the issue.

Advocate General Sindh appeared before the bench and said that IG Sindh Police would not turn up today (Monday) due to his ill health. IG’s non-appearance irked the court.

The court also inquired of recent unrest in Lyari and subsequent migration of residents from the area. It also took notice of five criminals’ escape from the police custody and scolded police officials over their negligence.

The bench expressed displeasure over Sindh Revenue Board authorities for not properly maintaining land record after it was lost in large quantity during riots in Sindh over Benazir Bhutto’s assassination.

The court has summoned Chief Secretary on Wednesday to inform the court how its orders were implemented.

Supreme Court called the Rangers’ report in Karachi unrest case as eyewash.

The Rangers in their report submitted in the court held the police and armed wings of political parties as responsible for deterioration of law and order in Lyari area of Karachi.

Police department in its report claimed that the accused arrested by rangers from Lyari also include insane persons. How the department can initiate cases against them, the police said.

The apex court bench also resented over the report of the land revenue department submitted to the court in Karachi law and order case.

The bench ordered re-preparation of the land record of 180 villages of Karachi and also giving a list of the names of those officials creating hurdles in the matter.

Justice Amir Hani in his remarks said that an inquiry about corruption charges was underway against Shahzar Shamoon, but he has been named as the chairman of the anti-corruption department.

Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said that the residents of Liyari have been the most insecure people and they are compelled to leave Liyari as their life and property are not protected.

He said that the maintaining law and order is the responsibility of the provincial government after the 18th amendment in the constitution, adding that such a system should be formed through which police could have knowledge of the incident before its occurrence.

Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said that an individual is looted if he is out in the evening in the defence area and the security advisors to the President and the judges of high courts are not protected and what would happen to the common people is not beyond comprehension.

Justice Amir Hani Muslim said that the conspiracies are being hatched in jails which were earlier hatched on roads.

He said that the situation in Karachi jail is worse, adding that as to how mobile phones were recovered from the prisoners in Karachi jails.

The police informed the court that the recovery of mobile phones from the prisoners was made in joint operation along with Rangers.

The court adjourned hearing of the Karachi unrest case till tomorrow (Wednesday).

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