A five-member larger bench of the apex court headed by the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Friday resumed hearing of the Karachi law and order case at the Karachi registry of the Supreme Court.
The apex court ruled that lives and property of people are not secure in Karachi and ensuring law and order is the constitutional duty of the government.
IG Sindh informed the court that the accused, which were arrested, belong to various political parties.
Chief Secretary, IG Sindh and DG Rangers accepted the existence of no-go area in Karachi and stated that criminal elements are under the shelters of political parties, while they also urged political parties to turn down criminal elements from their rows.
Earlier, the court sought satellite images and maps with respect to land grabbing along with seeking report over affected areas. It also asked DG Rangers and IG Sindh to submit a joint statement to the court.
Furthermore, IG Sindh and DG Rangers were ordered to lead the operation to abolish no-go areas from the city.
The Chief Justice inquired the Rangers’ counsel about arresting of the accused involved in the killing of Rangers personnel in Lyari. On this, the lawyers informed the court that 18 persons had been arrested during an operation in Lyani on Friday morning.
Chief Justice reprimanded the Rangers’ lawyer and said that the court is aware about the security forces efficiency and action. He referred to the eight killings in the city on Thursday and said that the Rangers received huge budget and police were given the rights but they did not give any result.
SSP Niaz Khosa apprised the bench that police receive calls after apprehending the accused so they have to release them under pressure.
The bench ordered the IG Sindh and Rangers to abolish all no-go areas and start operation from today (Saturday).
Chief Justice remarked that daily more than a dozen people are murdered in the city despite orders of the court for taking action.
Chief Justice said that the court will remain here until the peace is restored in the city.
The court also ordered the posting of permanent IG police in Sindh and summoned the contract employees in the court.
The bench said that the orders of the court were not taken seriously, adding that who are the responsible and former chief minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah will also have to give clarification in this regard.