The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has offered to assist the Supreme Court in the proceedings of the suo motu case on the ongoing violence in Karachi by providing reference material and other information.
MQM’s parliamentary leader in the National Assembly Farooq Sattar and deputy parliamentary leader Haider Abbas Rizvi met with the Supreme Court Registrar Dr Faqir Hussain. The MQM leaders expressed full confidence in the apex court and said they wanted to assure the court of their assistance. Sattar and Rizvi hoped that the unrest in Karachi would come to an end and a strategy would be shaped to maintain peace in the metropolis.
The Supreme Court had taken suo motu notice of the escalating violence in Karachi on Wednesday. The attorney-general was issued a notice to appear and submit a comprehensive report on incidents of violence in Karachi.
Chief secretary and inspector general Sindh police were also directed to appear before the court on Friday and submit details of the incidents. Presidents of Supreme Court Bar Association as well as Sindh High Court Bar Association have also been issued notices to appear and assist the court on Friday (today).
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had said the government had failed to protect the life and liberty of citizens in Karachi. He stated that the ongoing violence in Karachi is a violation of Articles 9, 14, 15, 18 and 24 of the Constitution. A five-member special bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry comprising Justice Shakirullah Jan, Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Tariq Parvez and Justice Ghulam Rabbani will take up the case today.
Later, while talking to the media Farooq Sattar said, “We are soliciting legal opinions from lawyers for becoming a party to the case.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 26th, 2011.