Lawyer Salahuddin Khan Gandapur has filed a petition challenging the Lyari operation, arguing that it violated human rights.
On Friday, Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Nadeem Akhtar heard the petition in which Gandapur maintained that while the operation’s objective was to flush out alleged militants and gangsters involved in extortion, no headway had been made in over a week. Children, the elderly and women had suffered instead. People could not buy groceries or visit the hospital. The police had restricted movement.
The court issued notices to the federal and provincial governments, inspector general of police, DIG Karachi, SSP Chaudhry Aslam and others for May 8. Also summoned were the advocate general of Sindh, deputy attorney general.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2012.