Suo motu hearing: 'Karachi situation will improve after SC verdict'

During the hearing, CJP says security in city has improved since the apex court took notice of violence.

Express September 13, 2011

KARACHI: Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Wednesday said the security situation in Karachi will improve after the Supreme Court gives its verdict on the case.

The chief justice made this remark during the hearing of the suo motu case on Karachi violence which is underway at the Karachi Registry of the Supreme Court.

During the hearing, the chief justice also vowed that the government will be on alert after the verdict.

Sindh High Court Bar Association President Anwar Mansoor said that there are linguistic, political and religious clashes in the city.

However, the chief justice asserted that there is no Shia-Sunni dispute in Karachi.

The CJ said that the situation in Karachi was depressing and worse than Waziristan.

He also expressed concern over the Inspector General (IG) Sindh Wajid Durrani’s comment that about 30% of the police were terrorist sympathisers.

Meanwhile, Justice Jalal Usmani said that there was a lack of political ethics by the government which is why the country had witnessed military interventions.

Justice Usmani further said that the government had “totally failed” and the law and order situation was purposely being kept this way.

The chief justice said that whenever the government neglects its duties such a situation will arise and that the government needs to reinforce its writ rather than “looking at bodies on the roads and in gunny bags”.

He asserted that the SC will not care about who gains or loses as an outcome of the verdict, but the verdict will be according to the four pillars of the state.

Justice Chaudhry said that 310 people had been killed in targeted killings in 2011 and it would be “sad” if someone claims that the current government is a successful one.

“The Court will try its best to support the government to develop the will to control law and order” he added.

The chief justice also expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report was not submitted directly by the government but through other means.

He also took a notice of the Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s statement that said that the target killers are being arrested and they belong to “all the political parties” which the CJ said was a matter of concern.

The CJ also asserted that everyone denounced the criminals and that they will not be protected. He said that the criminals will have to surrender after they will have “nowhere to go”.

He also said that foreign writers are writing articles on these lines for their personal gain.

The case is being heard by 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.

During the hearing, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked that after the apex court’s decision, the situation in Karachi has taken a turn for better.

Earlier today, Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq informed the court that the situation in the city had improved after the CJ had taken a suo motu notice of the Karachi violence.

The chief justice said yesterday that the civilian government should perform better than a dictatorship, as the SC resumed the Karachi violence suo motu hearing.

CJ tells Awan to bring 'practical thoughts' to court

Senator Babar Awan continued his argument which he raised during yesterday’s hearing.

Awan came up with an article which said that the head of the armed forces is also an executive on which the CJ shunned him and said whenever the executive is referred it is the government.

He also advised Awan to remain focused on the ongoing case and bring “practical thoughts” to the court.

Awan told the court that before giving out any judgment it should be clear that globally and regionally people are trying to make Pakistan a failed state.

The senator also said that Pakistan is a nuclear power and that “failure is not an option”.

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Arzoo | 9 years ago | Reply

@sam: Unfortunately, yes, you are right, in all probability these 'thugs' will not desist so easily. But, we were feeling so helpless and like chumps watching helpless and poor and destitute people getting slaughtered on the streets of Karachi. And it was so revolting to see these so-called political leaders like AH, ZM, SS and others of their ilk championing the causes of Muhajirs and Sindhis and Pathans. We needed someone to point out that human beings, no matter what ethnicities they belonged to, and what languages they spoke, and what religion they believed in, were getting killed. CJ coming to Karachi and conducting these suo motu hearings gave us a respite and made us feel that we are human beings who can at least do something to stop this mayhem. Surprisingly there is no hate among our people, yet these so-called leaders speak in their name to stir up hate where none exists. I just feel that if we cannot do anything at least we should let the CJ know that we are grateful and happy that he is doing something for the people of Karachi and Pakistan. I do not know what the end result will be but the least we can do is to express our appreciation to him and pray for his health, long life, and for God to grant him wisdom and judiciousness to put some sense in these wayward politicians.

sam | 9 years ago | Reply

@Arzoo ... true but this something temporary these thugs will be back till they dont some how eliminate the root cause.

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