Govt to provide two barracks for establishment of more ATCs: SHC told

Karachi: Sindh home secretary on Saturday informed chief justice Sindh High Court SHC that provincial government has decided to give two barracks for establishment of more AntiTerrorism Courts ATCs in Karachi.

The home secretary, Waseem Ahmed, filed a compliance report in pursuance of the SC orders before SHC chief justice. Taking to journalists, he said that provincial government would give two barracks at Sindh Secretariat for the establishment of more ATCs. He said that six courts would be established in two barracks, with infrastructure.

It is pertinent to mention here that on Friday, the Supreme Court SC during the hearing of Abbas Town bomb blast suo motu case, keeping in view serious law and order situation of city, directed home secretary to increase number of ATCs in the city. It had said that instead of lengthy process of appointment of judges, the session judges may be conferred power of ATCs judges. It ruled that by this procedure authorities may establish such 15 to 20 courts along with infrastructure.

The SC had also said that under trial prisons are being kept in cages which is against the dignity of the human. It also directed provincial authorities to make alternate lockup in the ATCs.