KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Friday issued notices to the federal Interior Ministry and former President Pervez Musharraf regarding an application it will be hearing regarding the May 12, 2007 mayhem in Karachi.
The date set for the hearing is June 1, 2010. Over 50 people were killed and dozens were injured in the violence that erupted in the city when then deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry arrived to attend programmes arranged by lawyers.
Chaudhry had been deposed by then president Musharraf in March 2007, a move which sparked off a countrywide movement by lawyers for the restoration of the judiciary. Human rights activist Syed Muhammad Iqbal Kazmi filed a constitutional petition seeking a judicial inquiry into the killings and made Musharraf, former chief minister Sindh Arbab Ghulam Rahim and the then adviser on interior to Sindh government Waseem Akhtar respondents in the petition.
Notices have also been issued to the Home Department Sindh, MQM leader Altaf Hussain, home secretary Ghulam Muhammad Mohtaram, police officers Niaz Ahmed Siddiqui, CCPO Karachi and SHO Jamshed Town. A notice was also issued to District & Sessions Judge, Islamabad, to ensure the delivery of court orders at Musharraf’s residence so that hearing of the case could be carried out.
Published in the Express Tribune, May 15th, 2010.