Supreme Court rejects Rangers report on lawlessness in Karachi
By Irfan Aligi
Published: July 15, 2013
Karachi. The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) Karachi Registry resumed the Karachi Lawlessness case hearing Monday under the aegis of Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Ameer Haani Muslim.
Justice Ameer HJani Muslim had on the prevailing situation in Lyari remarked that it was a misery that the people of Lyari were exposed to untoward atrocities and their lives were rendered miserable.
Justice Khilji Arif Hussain in his remarks said that the people of Lyari were forced to migrate to safer areas as they were exposed to severe atrocities and their lives were in serious dangers. The court had been irked by reasoning presented here by Police.
The attorney on behalf of Sindh Rangers submitted a report on Karachi’s law and order situation, which the court had rejected and declared the report was merely an attempt to mislead the court on the lawlessness in the port city.
The court also showed anger on seeing that the report from Sindh Rangers had not been signed by the Director General of Sindh Rangers. The court remarked that the Rangers DG was too busy to affix his signature of the report they had submitted to the apex court.
The court said that the report was nothing but an attempt to dupe the apex court over the lawlessness issue of Karachi city.
Justice Khilji Arif Hussain asked the Rangers attorney to explain to the court as where from the militants in Lyari had been getting weapons. Whether the militants got the weapons due to Rangers’ negligence or with their blessings, asked the court.
On one occasion, the court passed a remark saying that would the political parties would eliminate their militant wings following your invitation.
Justice Ameer Haani Muslim said that the Rangers had alleged police for patronizing the militancy in Lyari and hence the court had summoned the Inspector General of Police, Sindh. However, the IGP did not appear before the apex court on the pretext of his illness as was told by the attorney of police. It was noted that whenever, the court summoned the IGP, he avoided to appearing before the court on the pretext of illness.
Meanwhile, the apex court had also sought a detailed report from police regarding escape of terrorists from the City Court and Anti-Terrorist Court. The court remarked that it was impossible for a kitten to escape from the court room so how it was possible for the arrested militants to flee from the court premises freely.
On the other hand, the apex court had also remarked that the Senior Member Sindh Board of Revenue Shah Zar Shamoon was involved in cases of corruption but was made the Chairman of Anti-Corruption Establishment. Would the court now approach a person named as involved in corruption to apprise the court on issues of corruption, the court remarked astonishingly.
Chairman Land Commission Nazar Muhammad Leghari informed the apex court that there were only 180 villages remaining of which record was being prepared.
Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said that names should be given of those officials hampering the court’s proceedings and implementations on court’s orders would be issued notices.
The court was adjourned till July 17, 2013.
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