Karachi: The Sind High Court SHC on Tuesday once again directed the provincial law officer to furnish comments in a petition filed by the Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi MQMH seeking rehabilitation of party activists in ‘no-go areas’ and action against slapping an unannounced ban on the party’s political activities.
Headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam, the division bench of SHC was seized with the petition of Aleem Khan, information secretary of MQMH who submitted in petition that a crackdown by the state machinery on MQMH leaders and activists had been continuing for the past nine years at the behest of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
He stated that several ‘no-go areas’ still exist in different parts of Karachi, where MQMH leaders and activists could not go to carry out political activities. He submitted that the existence of no-go areas in the city was violation of the Supreme Court’s recent judgment on Karachi’s law and order situation.
He informed the court that families of hundreds of MQMH activists remain displaced due to the crackdown. They could not return to their homes in Shah Faisal, Malir, Landhi and Lines Area as barricades and iron gates have been installed by their rival group.
A bench ordered that if none appeared for the petitioner on the next date, the petition would be dismissed and put off the hearing to a date to be later fixed by the court’s office.