SC orders probe into 19,000 missing containers

SC orders probe into 19,000 missing containers

Supreme-Court-with-flagKARACHI: The Supreme Court, issuing an interim order in Karachi law and order implementation case, has ordered custom officials to investigate the issue of missing 19,000 containers.

The Supreme Court directed all intelligence agencies and authorities to work in tandem for restoring peace in the city. The court directed all the five deputy commissioners of the city to cooperate in the investigation.

Three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Gulzar Ahmed resumed hearing of the Karachi law and order implementation case at Karachi Registry on Friday.

The court, in its interim order, ordered custom officials to inform the court as to how many arms containers were among the 19,000 missing containers.

The Supreme Court also directed the authorities concerned to investigate as to whether weapons are coming in the port city through legal ways.

The order outlined a two phase investigation process. The first is to investigate weapons dealers and determine what weapons were ordered by them, for what purpose. The second is to investigate where and when each bullet they purchased was used.

The court ordered that a report about how many of the missing containers contained weapons should be submitted in the court in November. The court also directed that the Shoaib Suddle and Ramzan Bhatti commission’s reports be used in the investigation.

It is pertinent to mention here that the missing containers case, which saw the disappearance of over 19,000 containers allegedly carrying arms, ammunition, liquor and other goods was investigated by a commission led by AIG Ramzan Bhatti.

The apex court also ordered DG Rangers and IG Police officials to conduct house-to-house investigation over weapons license.
During the proceedings, Attorney General of Pakistan Munir A Malik and Director General Anti Narcotic Force (ANF) informed the bench that the federal government and Sindh government intend to carry out a decisive operation in Karachi to get rid of the smuggled arms and weapons.

Munir A Malik informed the court that the federal government has decided to launch a joint operation against arms and drugs within 15 days. He said the joint operation would be carried out over the reports of custom intelligence and other institutions. The Sindh government apprised the court about the covert plan over Karachi operation

Attorney General Munir A Malik , while presenting the strategy for controlling drugs smuggling into Karachi and duty theft , said that nearly 1500 containers daily come in Karachi, saying that drugs are conveyed in Karachi through containers which return from FATA after unloading there.

Chief justice said that the drugs business is in progress just under the nose of DG ANF, saying that this would be curbed by the solemn determination.

The court expressed satisfaction on the report presented by the attorney general and said that Karachi should be purified from arms and drugs which is the major reason for unrest in Karachi.

The court directed report should be submitted in 15 days as to where the action was taken, adding that Karachi has become the centre of drugs and arms and drugs are being exported to other countries of the world from Karachi.

Chief Justice said that latest technology would be used for seizing explosive material. Chief Justice said that the court wants only the rule of law. Chief Justice directed the DG ANF to work according to constitution without caring for his transfer or anyone else.

Chairman FBR informed the court that a policy is being launched soon through which higher class which includes the industrialists would be brought into tax network.

Upon this, Chief Justice said that only the salary-paid employees are paying the tax and they are the ones who are greatly affected and are suffering much, saying that as to when the upper class would be brought into tax network.

Chief Justice reprimanded Chairman FBR and directed him to monitor all the institutions so that the smuggling of arms and drugs may be mitigated.

The court expressed concern over the report of three years pertaining to arms imported. Justice Gulzar Ahmed said that it seems that some clerk has prepared this report, saying that the arms were imported in such a great number, but no secret agency was informed about that.

The Supreme Court ordered the officials to present the report during next hearing. The court directed federal secretaries of Interior, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Drugs, Finance and all other institutions to cooperate with the provincial government.

Earlier, the Supreme Court suspended SSP Investigation East, Junaid Sheikh for remaining absent from the hearing of Karachi law and order implementation case on Friday.

Junaid Sheikh was due to appear in the court to present the investigation report on Shera Pathan murder case before the bench.

Shera Pathan was the member of Arshad Pappu gang and was murdered with him. The court also immediately summoned Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayat and he ensured the court that Baba Ladla and Ozair Jan Baloch would soon be arrested.

The Supreme Court adjourned hearing of the case till November 11 and the next hearing of the case would be conducted in Islamabad.

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