KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday directed attorney general of Pakistan to appear in person before the court to inform it about the stance of federal government for providing assistance to provincial government to ease the aggravated law and order situation in Karachi.
A five-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and comprising Justices Justice Jawad S Khawaja, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Athar Saeed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed was seized with the hearing of Karachi law and order suo moto implementation case, at the apex court’s Karachi registry.
The judges were displeased with the performance of the police and rangers in restoring peace in Karachi. The bench inquired from the advocate general Sindh about progress made by provincial government in maintaining law and order situation in the city. To which, he said that provincial government was taking steps to restore peace in Karachi and situation has improved relatively.
Chief Justice said two years back, the court had passed the judgment over the situation of city, but government did not take effective measure to maintain peace as the situation in the city was aggravating day by day.
The court observed that police being responsible for ensuring protection to life and property of citizens seems lacking in performance although they had support of rangers, Frontier Constabulary, intelligence agencies but situation is not controlled by them.
The bench took great exception to the fact that head of the police stations were appointed for short period, who even could not visit areas properly in limits of their police stations.
One of the member of bench remarked that police stations are sold in the city and when police stations will be sold and SHOs be appointed after paying money, they could not perform well.
The chief justice expressed extreme annoyance over the absence of director general of rangers as saying that rangers did not have any interest in maintaining law and order situation.
However, director general of Pakistan Rangers appeared before the court later. The bench inquired from him about rangers’ performance in easing aggravated law and order situation in the city.
DG rangers Maj Gen Rizwan Akhtar said that militant wings of political parties were active in Karachi. He said that after announcement of judgment in Karachi law and order case, rangers launched operation against the militant wings of political parties and restored peace which lasted only for two months as arrested militants were released on bail and some were acquitted by the courts due to weak prosecution.
Though, the court directed the prosecutor general of Sindh to inform the court about the all such cases and place on record the data indicating sentences awarded to the convicts.
The bench directed the chief secretary to place on record the documents showing that he has communicated the situation of city to the federal government.
The court came down heavily on the deputy attorney general for not filing fresh report over the situation of the city. The court issued notice to attorney general to appear in person in court and assist it about stance of federal government for providing assistance to provincial government to control law and order situation.