The Supreme Court’s larger bench will resume hearing of the suo motu case on Karachi violence from Monday in a bid to improve law and order in the metropolis which has witnessed the worst incidents of target killing.
A 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 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.
The bench accepted his argument. During the course of hearing of the suo motu case on Augus 29 and 30, the court had grilled Durrani for submitting an incomplete report on Karachi’s law and order situation.
A three-judge bench headed by the chief justice and a division bench headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali will hear routine cases at the Karachi registry after the suo motu case. The chief justice has constituted two division benches, one in Islamabad and one for the Lahore registry. The division bench in Islamabad comprising Justice Nasirul Mulk and Justice Tariq Pervez will hear important cases including the missing persons’ case in the coming week. The division bench, Lahore, comprising Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and Justice Jawad S Khawaja will hear requests for review, restoration applications, family issues and bail cases throughout next week commencing Monday.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th, 2011.