SC orders elimination of no-go areas in Karachi within one week

SC orders elimination of no-go areas in Karachi within one week

KARACHI, SANA): The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC), rejecting the report of the IG Sindh and DG Rangers pertaining to elimination of no-go areas in Karachi, has directed the Chief Secretary Sindh to submit certificate in the court within seven days regarding elimination of no-go areas in the city.

The five-member larger bench of the apex court headed by Chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan on Thursday resumed hearing of Karachi law and order case at Karachi registry.

The apex court directed the heads of the police and Rangers to work together and eliminate the no-go areas, adding that the life and property of Karachi’s residents should be protected.

The court said that Sindh Chief Secretary was responsible for maintaining peace in the city. The court also rejected the report of anti-encroachment cell regarding the capturing of lands in Karachi.

The court ordered authorities concerned to submit fresh and separate reports mentioning the actions taken by the law enforcers to curb the sustained violence in Karachi. Chief Justice said that Lyari has become crime hub. Rangers confessed that there are some no-go areas in the city.

At the outset of the hearing, IG Sindh Police Shahid Nadeem Baloch and Chief Secretary Sindh turned up and submitted their reports.

It was said in the police report that barriers in Liyari and its outskirts have been removed, moreover, the barriers placed at Kharadar, Edigah, Liyari garden, Chaki Wara, Kalri and Kalakot areas have also been removed.

The report stated that lack of town planning and growing population are main reasons behind crimes and violence in the city since criminals seek refuge in narrow alleys.

Upon which, the Chief Justice observed that “why the crime ratio is low in Delhi and Kolkata despite the fact that they are densely populated cities.”

The Chief Justice expressed his displeasure over the police report and described it as a bid to hoodwink the apex court.

Chief Justice said that the court want protection of the lives of the people and law enforcement officials, adding that the supreme court is there and no one would be allowed to defy.

Chief Justice directed that DG Rangers should personally supervise the operation.

He said that the SHOs, DSPs and SSPs were directed to file their separate reports, but they did not, instead, the officials followed an identical format for filling the report.

The Chief Justice said “no-go areas in city are sole reason behind crimes and the objective to eradicate these spots is to ensure safety of people’s lives and properties.”

“Mr. IG should travel without his convoy, he would know that no-go areas exist or not,” Chief Justice said, adding that media and lawyers could also be sent to confirm the police claim on no-go area.

He said the IDPs who arrived in the city from other provinces “are our brethren.”

During the proceedings, the Chief Justice remarked that it seemed that the report regarding no-go areas in Karachi was not prepared seriously, adding that if the police claims there are no no-go areas in Karachi they should be held responsible for any murders that occur across the city.

The Chief Justice further said that submitting such a report in the Supreme Court was equivalent to misleading the court, adding that if the police and Rangers decide to work seriously law and order can be restored in Karachi.

Terming the police report irrelevant and misleading, the court stated that they had demanded the SHOs from the 112 police stations in the said areas to provide a clearance certificate but they failed to do so.

The Chief Justice directed the IG Sindh Shahid Nadeem Baloch to register the fraud case against those who have prepared this report.

The court directed the IG Sindh to get written statements over no-go areas from the SHOs of 112 police stations and submit the statements in the court.

Once the police and rangers decide to take severe action against criminals the crime rate will automatically go down, Chief justice remarked while criticizing the inefficiency of police and rangers. “Barriers do not determine no-go areas,” Chief justice said.

He said that the no-go area is the territory where the criminals enjoy influence. He said the SHOs should submit correct reports or inform the court that they are under political pressure.

The chief justice also demanded report about blasts, target killings and robberies in the city.

I.G. Sindh Police, Advocate General, Chief Secretary Sindh and other top provincial officials appeared in the court.

Chief Justice remarked during the hearing that in the caretaker setup the government had only changed the faces but the policies remained the same.

Chief Justice further remarked that despite the presence of 11,500 Rangers personnel, certain areas in Karachi like Lyari could not be cleared even after operations were conducted in the ‘no-go’ areas.

Justice Arif Hussain Khilji said in his remarks that the report appears to indicate that either the Rangers had submitted misleading statement or that they were complicit.

Justice Jawwad S Khawaja said that reports of SHOs and DIG were prepared on the same format and style, adding that this report of the police is rejected by the court.

Chief Justice said that SHO is so strong, if he properly performs his duties, no crime is likely to emerge in the area.

Chief justice said that NADRA and voter list can be utilized for detection of the criminals.

Chief Justice said that Rangers arrested only one out of 115 accused persons while the challan of the accused was of the police encounter, adding that the claim of the rangers did not prove true.

Chief Justice said that the court can pass orders, adding that it can not tell the strategy how to catch the accused. Chief Justice said that police and rangers should confess their failure.

During the previous hearing, the court directed the city administration to improve the law and order situation in the metropolis within 15 days.

The court also ordered the IG Sindh and Director General Rangers Sindh to personally lead the crackdown against the criminals. The court also granted more time to the DIG South Shaukat Hayat for the arrest of the killers of Arshad Pappu. The court said that whatever was happened with Arshad Pappu could not be happened with anyone without approval of some police officer.

The court rejected the report of the anti-encroachment cell SP Irfan Bahadur regarding the land grabbing in Karachi. The court said that the ant-encroachment cell has failed to perform its duties. The court said that Irfan Bahadur is facing allegations of land grabbing. The court also summoned the details of cases against Irfan Bahadur. Meanwhile Irfan Bahadur rejected the allegations of land grabbing.

During the hearing social activist Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi alleged that Irfan Bahadur helped grabbing 1500 acre land in Karachi. The court ordered deputy attorney general, SP, ADS IG and Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi to visit the concerned place and should present report against Irfan Bahadur.

The court has ordered the formation of commission with the consultation of SHC CJ. The court has summoned report within three days regarding the matters of land grabbing in Karachi.

The court ordered the concerned authorities to remove senior member board of revenue Sahazar Shamoon from his post. The court adjourned the hearing till Friday (today).

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