KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday directed the provincial government to treat the citizens equally as per constitution and provide protection to every citizen, including without indulging in the political issues.
Three-member bench of apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and others comprising Justice Jawad S Khuwaja and Justice Gulzar Ahmed gave this direction while hearing as many as 51 separate miscellaneous applications filed by women activists of Mohajir Qaumi Movement (Haqiqi), who approached in the court for elimination of no-go areas in different parts of the city and rehabilitation of activists in their areas.
The applicant activists, resident of Shah Faisal, Malir, Landhi and Lines Area, said that that apex court had ordered the law enforcers to end ‘no-go areas’ in different areas but several ‘no-go areas’ still exists
They stated that neither MQM-H activists could return homes in such areas nor they could carry out political activities. They submitted that the existence of no-go areas in the city was in violation of the Supreme Court’s judgment on Karachi’s law and order situation.
Activists requested the court to take notice of such ‘no-go areas’ the in city and ordered for elimination their eliminations.
Advocate general of Sindh Khalid Javeed Khan while denying allegations regarding presence of no-go areas in Karachi said that there was rift between two political parties only in the district East and Malir, however, he added that other areas mentioned in a application was open for all.
The bench observed that it was responsibility of the government to provide protection to every citizen as per law. The bench also directed advocate general not to indulge in any political issue but treat everyone equal as per law and provide security to citizens.
The bench while disposing of the applications directed the applicants to approach police to redress their grievance.