Karachi violence: SC directs Durrani to set up impartial task force

Published: September 5, 2011

The Chief Justice said that no such summary was needed and a notification regarding PCO Judges should be issued today. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

The Chief Justice said that no such summary was needed and a notification regarding PCO Judges should be issued today. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE Pakistani paramilitary soldiers patrol the streets of a western neighbourhood affected by the political violence in Karachi.  PHOTO: AFP/FILE Suo motu hearing of Karachi violence resumes in metropolis; 5 member bench headed by Chief Justice Chaudhry. PHOTO: INP/FILE
KARACHI: 

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday directed the Inspector General of Sindh Police, Wajid Ali Durrani, to set up a task force that will be free from political interventions.

The chief justice made this statement during the hearing of the Karachi violence case that took place at the Karachi registry of the Supreme Court.

Justice Chaudhry assured Durrani that the Supreme Court would provide the police “full support to conduct operations”. Justice Amir Hani Muslim added that Durrani should include honest police officers who may have been removed earlier due to political influence

“It is time for you to deliver,” the chief justice said to Durrani. He also told Durrani that time was running out and that the security situation in the city was serious.

Durrani told the chief justice that he had assigned a task force to arrest those named in the Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) report.

Lyari torture cells

Justice Chaudhry asked Durrani to submit tomorrow (Tuesday) DVDs of torture cells unearthed during the Lyari operation conducted last week. He also demanded the submission of the YouTube video of alleged torture and drilling of human flesh, and directed Durrani to investigate where the video was made.

To this, Durrani said that he was not given details of the Lyari operations or arrests of the suspects rounded up by the Rangers.

Justice Chaudhry said that if Durrani did not deliver, then the blame for failing to control the violence will fall on him because he is commanding the Sindh Rangers and Police.

Target killers on media

Durrani assured the chief justice that target killers will not be presented to the media, and that they will be presented in court during trial.

The chief justice termed the practice of allowing the suspects to speak to the press as incorrect. He lamented that when the target killers are presented in court, the police fails to provide enough evidence to convict them, after which the accused are let go.

‘Indian involvement in Karachi violence cannot be ruled out’

During the Supreme Court’s hearing of the Karachi violence case on Monday, Iftikhar Gilani, counsel for the Awami National Party (ANP), said the involvement of “Indian agents” in target killings in the city cannot be ruled out.

Gilani made this statement in court, to the special five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry .

Gilani told the chief justice that certain target killers have been trained in Indian camps and provided sub-machine guns and rocket launchers.

He also added that the Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) report on target killings in the city “cannot be challenged”, as it has been prepared by seven agencies and is credible. He said the report identifies which political party is involved in the violence.

Gilani said he obtained the JIT report after former Sindh Senior Minister Zulfiqar Mirza’s press conference where he was critical of Interior Minister Rehman Malik and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). He added that he appreciates Mirza’s efforts to shed light upon the report.

Gang wars or girlfriends?

ANP’s counsel Iftikhar Gilani said the violence in Karachi is not the result of gang wars. He supported his argument by adding that innocent people and not “gangsters” are the victims of violence.

Gilani also requested that court summon Interior Minister Rehman Malik regarding a “disturbing” statement he made about the recent rise of violence in the city.

Malik earlier said that 70% of target killings in Karachi were courtesy wives and girlfriends looking to get rid of their partners and vice versa.

Gilani said the court should call in former Sindh Senior Minister Mirza and investigate the allegations he has made against Malik.

The court, however, did not give any indication that it would fulfill his request.

The Supreme Court’s larger bench resumed the hearing of the suo motu case on Karachi violence on Monday in a bid to improve law and order in the metropolis which has witnessed the worst incidents of target killing.

A special five-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, comprising Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Ghulam Rabbani had adjourned hearing of the case till September 5 on the request of federation’s counsel, Dr Babar Awan.

The court had earlier directed Sindh police chief, Wajid Ali Durrani to submit a report on the FIRs registered during the past month after Eid holidays. Awan had contended that he wished to celebrate Eid with his family.

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Reader Comments (39)

  • Sep 5, 2011 - 10:28AM

    Karacjiites have great hopes with Judiciary.

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  • xOYA
    Sep 5, 2011 - 11:26AM

    What Hope the road will be blocked till late evening causing a traffic jam & the Verdict of Cheif Justice will be : No Army

    thats alll

    if he says bring this Govt down then only i Feel there is JUSTICE

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  • A J Khan
    Sep 5, 2011 - 12:15PM

    The proceedings has taken a turn where the killers are bound to be exposed. Lets hope for the best.

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  • Ashraf
    Sep 5, 2011 - 1:00PM

    Looks like the majority of the 300,000 gun licenses that Mr.Mirza issued went to Indian agents. They have also been involved in land-grabbing and ‘bhatta’ collection.
    So this is what the SC’s suo moto action will result in ! Pathetic!!

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  • Rai asif khan
    Sep 5, 2011 - 1:02PM

    Apex court’s hearing in karachi might bring a temporary break in the violence and bloodshed.
    Inorder to achieve lasting peace ,the entire democratic system of Pakistan has to be thrown into the dustbin .We have not seen any good come out of this system so far .This system has only begotten the most corrupt .inept ,despotic ,dishonest and evil peopel who are fearless of Allah.Their only aim is to steal the wealth of the people and hide it in other countries.This system of one man one vote has enslaved us to a few families,who consider it their birth right to rule and exploit us .We have to wake up as a nation before the damage inflicted by these scavengers is irreparable.

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  • ashok sai
    Sep 5, 2011 - 1:14PM

    Indian involvement in Karachi violence cannot be ruled out: ANP counsel

    SICK !

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  • Student
    Sep 5, 2011 - 1:15PM

    He also added that the Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) report on target killings in the city “cannot be challenged”, as it has been prepared by seven agencies and is credible.

    credible ? Only one party is culprit :how funny

    Gilani said he obtained the JIT report after former Sindh Senior Minister Zulfiqar Mirza’s press conference where he was critical of Interior Minister Rehman Malik and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)

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  • Reality bites
    Sep 5, 2011 - 1:27PM

    This is called ‘Naach n jaane aangan teda’.

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  • Sep 5, 2011 - 1:36PM

    What about ANP’s own involvement, and that of MQM, PPP and other home playersRecommend

  • hassan
    Sep 5, 2011 - 1:43PM

    You mean the Red Indians of America, right?

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  • Ali. Mir
    Sep 5, 2011 - 1:47PM

    Please summon Mr Zulfiqar Mirza and Mr Rehman Malik and let them bring evidence. For sure the killings in Karachi are extreme break down of law and order and needs to be properly investigated as these killings keep on happening. Also please hear MQM…they have their point of view
    Killings are gross violation of human rights.Killings have to STOP!

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  • Ishrat Salim
    Sep 5, 2011 - 1:50PM

    SC action belated….why suo moto notice not taken in July 2011 – the worst month of the year when alone more than 300 peeople were killed….?? SC & CJ are also accomplice in this crime as much as the govt & the main 3 political parties…..All of these people will be answerable to Allah swt for their late response….they cannot absolve themselves of this crime on humanity on the day of judgement…are these people – the govt , the CJ & the political parties not aware of the financial implications which has put further pressure on the already reeling economic woes due to continued Karachi mayhem…apart from the loss of valuable human lives…??Recommend

  • Cautious
    Sep 5, 2011 - 2:06PM

    Bold statement saying that India trained and armed killers in the Karachi killings — how about delivering some evidence or is this just another Malik/Mirza pronouncement.

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  • Sep 5, 2011 - 2:12PM

    if you have too many enemies at home there is no need for outside enemy, like in pakistan.

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  • Bambbaayyaa
    Sep 5, 2011 - 2:14PM

    hehehehehehehehehehehe … LOL’s….Recommend

  • Basit Khan
    Sep 5, 2011 - 2:23PM

    Again, dear MQM supporters, The JIT report’s list includes culprits from all political parties. MQM has lion’s share of them, which as you would appreciate is the reality. Sorry !

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  • Basit Khan
    Sep 5, 2011 - 2:25PM

    Cautious, Here is the link to that evidence. Muhammad Ajmal siddique urf Pharri’s statement.
    http://www.terroristleaks.com/#!YouTubeVideo/26/

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  • Fulcrum29
    Sep 5, 2011 - 2:28PM

    now you wonder, why the world never listen pakistan.. “even you lie, lie with certain credibility “…

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  • Sep 5, 2011 - 2:32PM

    I think its lame to blame on Indians or Americans, first we have to correct ourself. It is impossible do some activities without Pakistani`s permission. Some Officials are definitely involved. Now get their necks Ch Iftikhar :S Arent you looking for justice now? Huh! Everyone is working for her own benefits.

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  • Basit Khan
    Sep 5, 2011 - 2:40PM

    Cautious, Here is the link to that evidence. Muhammad Ajmal siddique’s statement.

    http://www.terroristleaks.com/#!YouTubeVideo/30/Recommend

  • Abu faiz
    Sep 5, 2011 - 2:50PM

    Indian involvement in Karachi violence cannot be ruled out: ANP counsel
    Can people in this country ever grow up or be cry babies all the time?
    PaTHETIC!

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  • Menon
    Sep 5, 2011 - 3:04PM

    @ashok sai:

    With support from CIA and Mossad for sure.

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  • chandran
    Sep 5, 2011 - 3:06PM

    Any way one should not do politics over dead bodies. Lots innocent people have lost their life. But ANP founder also close to India.

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  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Sep 5, 2011 - 3:06PM

    Stop blaming others and try and sort out your own house first!!! Blame others when you have some SOLID EVIDENCE!!!!

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  • R S JOHAR
    Sep 5, 2011 - 3:20PM

    RAW has no takers in India, however this organisation is surviving due to tall statements made by top political leaders of Pakistan who always smell conspiracy angle in most of the un-toward incidents happening in this country, otherwise it would have been disbanded long time back.

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  • Sep 5, 2011 - 3:22PM

    How is it that Pakistan is always supposedly more aware of terrorist activities in other countries than those countries themselves yet always claim complete ignorance of such things inside Pakistan itself?

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  • John
    Sep 5, 2011 - 3:26PM

    Yawn.. What else

    News : “Earthquake strikes pakistan”
    ANP counsel : Indian hands cannot be ruled out.

    News : “Lightning strikes tall building in pakistan”
    ANP counsel : “Indians develop new technology to direct lightning to pakistan”

    News : “Pakistan filled with floods”
    ANP counsel : “Indians bribed GOD to send floods to pakistan”

    News : “Threat of tsunami to pakistan”
    ANP counsel : “Indians have summoned “Flood God” to attack pakistan”

    What else… Get a life people..

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  • KolachiMom
    Sep 5, 2011 - 3:48PM

    This is the state of our government, and so called democratic system. I don’t understand how or WHY people actually throw their support behind such pathetic excuses for political parties.

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  • Naeem Siddiqui
    Sep 5, 2011 - 3:50PM

    @ashok sai

    ANP as per indian intellectuals is the most pro-India and followers of gandhism. :)

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  • grinz09
    Sep 5, 2011 - 4:00PM

    I’m sure MQM lawyers will also submit lots of evidence. MQM had requested they be part of the prceedings. I hope they are given an opportunity.

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  • Arifq
    Sep 5, 2011 - 4:23PM

    ANP Counsel says India involved! Well, given ANP past association with India i.e., Ghaffar Khan’s deep ties with India, we should take this to be an accurate and honest assessment.

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  • Basit Khan
    Sep 5, 2011 - 5:11PM

    Arifq, Blaming India is the last thing one would expect from ANP, however, given the confessions of the target killers themselves (link provided in my earlier post above), that they had received training in India, one can’t help but to take that into consideration. Arguing otherwise would be dishonesty. Every aspect of the violence should be looked into during the trial. Let’s hope the case ends up with a verdict which takes care of every guilty party involved.

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  • Pundit
    Sep 5, 2011 - 5:22PM

    Indians are definitely behind the Karachi killings ..supported by Dark Vader…!

    My name is Ob1Kenobi and I know that.

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  • Pundit
    Sep 5, 2011 - 5:24PM

    “Justice Chaudhry assured Durrani that the Supreme Court would provide the police “full support to conduct operations”

    Mr Durrani will soon meet the fate of Mr Qureshi of the Investigative Agency…..

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  • shah
    Sep 5, 2011 - 5:45PM

    3 lakh licenses issued by mirza are the root cause of violence in city,how can u distribute such a large quantity of weapons amongst ur followers mirza?

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  • shah
    Sep 5, 2011 - 5:47PM

    maybe the sindu desh – s +h = hindu desh ideology is behind the violence..indian connection! right?

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  • Hairaan
    Sep 5, 2011 - 7:59PM

    @shah:
    All you are crying about the licenses issued by ZM. And what about the unlicensed weapons in possession of other parties?

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  • Imran
    Sep 5, 2011 - 8:23PM

    CJ has three rules:
    1. Guard his vested interests.
    2. Incriminate his opponents as long as Rule 1 is not violated.
    3. Go for free publicity, but not at the cost of Rules 1 and 2.

    That’s why the SC never took on cases related to armed forces, and MQM. No suo motto against Karachi killings for three years, while blatantly interfering with the administrative matters such as postings and transfers. This time around, it will again bail out MQM/agencies, and only Rehman Malik will be made the fall guy.Recommend

  • Incredible
    Sep 6, 2011 - 4:04AM

    I love the part in which India is mentioned with the destruction of Pakistan. India has out beaten USA. It has sent its agents in Pak without any visa and yet the Army, ISI and the local police cannot locate them. Wonderful INDIA.

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