KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday said that weapons in large quantity were being smuggled in Karachi through the port and onward supplied throughout the country, including Baluchistan.
Chief Justice, who headed a five member bench, came down heavily on the chief secretary Sindh and provincial police chief as saying that both were not realizing their responsibilities to ensure protection to the life and property of the citizens.
The five member SC bench headed by Chief Justice 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 bench noted that chief sectary did not place any record showing his correspondence with federal government on law and order situation of Karachi.
The chief justice said that drugs, smuggled goods and sophisticated weapons were being smuggled in the country through the port and supplied throughout the country. He said that it was reported in media that about 19 thousand containers, containing weapons, went missing. He said that arms were recovered in Balochistan which had links to Karachi.
The bench said that peace will not be restored if the government functionaries do not play their due role.
Chief justice said that Karachi which generates 60 to 70 percent revenue and feeds entire country was bleedings. He said that there are still no-go areas in the city.
One of member of the bench added that since the announcement of judgment on law and order no-go areas had increased and in many localities people have erected barriers.
Chief justice said that everyone has become active and holding press conferences since they heard that SC bench has arrived. He remarked that there was turf war between different groups in the city and federal government did not give any input to provincial government during last two years to normalize the situation.
Attorney general of Pakistan Munir A Malik submitted a report, stating that Karachi was facing multidimensional threats of terrorism, sectarian and ethnic killings and those threats compounded due to rapid increase in city’s population. Crimes like drugs, smuggling, extortion and possession of illegal weapons and land grabbing have become routine in Karachi.
Report said that rangers and police need to increase manpower for deployment and rotation in disturbed areas and coordination of intelligence agencies with the police is needed.
Attorney general further submitted that federal government had to be cautious about meddling in the affairs of province after the passage of 18th amendment and there was government of different political parties in the center and in the province. To which chief justice remarked that there may be government of different political parties in center and province but the constitution was same for federal and provincial governments.
Attorney General said that advocate general should write to the federation about the issues faced by province and give a comprehensive list of things it required. He said that he will produce same before the session of the Federal Cabinet that is scheduled to be held next week.
The five judge bench was told that within two years around 4992 people fell prey to violence in Karachi.
The bench directed attorney general of Pakistan and advocate general of Sindh to seek instructions from federal and provincial governments to ensure protection to the life of citizens.