SC Announces Verdict on Karachi Violence Case

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry announced the Karachi sou moto violence case verdict, Geo News reported.

During his opening remarks CJP said Islam is the religion of peace and it was the responsibility of the state to protect the fundamental rights of people.

Justice Chaudhry said target killings and extortion had become the norm in Karachi and violence was casting a negative impact on economic activity.

CJP said that during the hearing of the case the court was informed that MQM, ANP, JI, PPP, ST and banned organisations are involved in extortion.

According to the Supreme Court verdict the federal government should send a reference regarding the allegations levelled by Zulfiqar Mirza against the MQM. The court is not deciding about calling in the army said Justice Chaudhry adding that this was decision which had to be made by the provincial government.

CJP said some political elements exploited the situation in Karachi and according to some media reports certain groups are involved in target killing. He added that IGP Sindh had informed the court that 306 people were killed in incidents of violence.

The complete verdict of the case is available on Geo News.

About the deweaponization of Karachi the order said: “there is a need for a fresh comprehensive law to eliminate and punish land grabbers and encroachers”.

The SC verdict further said: “Finally, it is directed that a Committee be constituted by the Provincial Government/Executive, headed by the Chief Justice of Sindh High Court, who shall be assisted by the Chief Secretary, the heads of the security agencies i.e. para-military organizations and I.G. Police, to supervise and ensure that law enforcement agencies take action indiscriminately, across the board against the perpetrators involved in causing disturbances in Karachi. The Chief Justice shall convene the meeting at least once in a month to review the implementation of this judgment and copy of the proceedings shall be transmitted to the Registrar of this Court for our perusal and passing appropriate orders at a later stage, if need be.”

The SC had reserved the judgment in Karachi suo moto case No16 of 2011 and Constitution petition Nos. 60 and 61 of 2011 (regarding law and order situation in Karachi) on September 16th.

The apex court informed all the concerned persons including the counsel for parties, Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association Ms Asma Jehangir, President of the Sindh High Court Bar Association Anwar Mansoor, Sindh Advocate General Fateh Malik, the Prosecutor General and Inspector General of Police, Sindh, that the judgment would be announced on Thursday.

The Chief Justice had taken suo moto notice on incidents of relentless killing of innocent people in Karachi by constituting a five-judge special bench in August.