Karachi suo motu: Verdict out

Published: October 6, 2011
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The bench held 10 hearings and reserved its judgement on September 15.

The bench held 10 hearings and reserved its judgement on September 15.

ISLAMABAD: 

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday announced the verdict in the Karachi suo motu case.

In his opening remarks, the chief justice said Islam is a religion of peace and it places great importance on the life of a human being.

Justice Chaudhry said it was the responsibility of the state to protect the life and property of the people.

He said law and order affects the economic situation of the country.

The chief justice said that the law and order situation in Karachi had worsened after the 90s operation against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

He said that arrested alleged target killers Ajmal Pahari and Kamran Madhuri had political support.

The Supreme Court (SC) ruled out a ban on the MQM and slammed the Sindh Government for failing to take effective measures against target killings and extortion.

The chief justice quoted reports of intelligence agencies saying that some criminal groups had political backing and that such elements had become part of political parties.

The CJP also said that he was informed by Inspector General (IG) of Police that 40 per cent of the police officials had been recruited on political grounds and said that he was reluctant to act decisively.

The court said that banned outfits including Sunni Tehreek are involved in extortion, while there are allegations of the same offence against parties such as Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Jamat-e-Islami (JI), Awami National Party (ANP) and MQM.

The Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Karachi has also been directed to produce certificates from Deputy Inspector Generals (DIG) on crime control, while local courts have been directed to expedite cases.

The court published the verdict on the Supreme Court website.

Details from the verdict below:

  • It is the duty of the State to protect and safeguard all these Fundamental Rights including the right to life and liberty as envisaged by Article 9 of the Constitution.
  • The State is duty bound to protect the life and property of its citizens in accordance with law against all the atrocities, target killings, homicide, etc. The basic human rights of life, liberty and enjoyment of one’s property have been recognized nationally as well as internationally.
  • The Federation and Provinces are equally responsible to adhere to the provisions of the Constitution, particularly for ensuring the enforcement of Fundamental Rights as guaranteed by the Constitution. The Federal and the Provincial Governments, though not directly, but indirectly share their responsibility in running the affairs of the Province in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Constitution.
  • There are not only Urdu Speaking, (When the Court uses the term ‘Urdu Speaking’ it is for a specific purpose. As it is the language common to all and even those who proudly speak Pashto, Punjabi, Sindhi or Baluchi, can and do speak Urdu), Pashtun, Sindhis, and Balochis, Punjabis, Saraikis, but foreigners and others also live in Karachi and all of them are the victims of violence, crime, fear and insecurity, as is evident from FIRs, reports, etc. submitted from time to time by the police department.
  • Some of the hardened criminals, who associate themselves with the political parties do take support of the powerful groups/political parties as is evident from the reports of the joint investigation team of various intelligence agencies including ISI and others. These reports have been filed by Syed Iftikhar Hussain Gillani, throwing sufficient light on the criminal activities of these heartless criminals such as Ajmal Pahari, Kamran Madhuri and many others.
  • It goes without saying that if the involvement of above accused persons allegedly aligned with a political party is established, it may entail serious consequences for said political party as well, because a political party cannot be formed or cannot operate in a manner prejudicial to the sovereignty or integrity of Pakistan.
  • It is also astonishing that most of the accused persons nominated in crimes have got their acquittal on the plea of alibi and false involvement. We are surprised to know that the law enforcement agencies, who are supposed to conduct investigation honestly, had allegedly involved persons falsely or half-heartedly in the commission of offences in which their fellow policemen were murdered.
  • It seems that the police primarily being responsible to enforce law and order has no intention to deliver. Either they are scared or they are dishonest or absolutely lack the requisite skills.
  • It could be that in the year 1992 operation clean up was launched against MQM wherein statedly, the police had played an active role, but subsequently, 92 police officers/officials disappeared and up till now there is no clue of their whereabouts nor is it known that by whom, and under whose patronage, such persons were abducted and/or killed. Another reason appears to be that police force has been highly politicized, recruitments have been made on political considerations.
  • It came to light during hearing of the case that in police force many police officers have been recruited on political considerations who have managed to occupy such posts for extraneous considerations and senior officers in the rank of SSP, SP and DSP etc. have been inducted into the force from other organizations without following any rules and even they have not undergone training for the purpose of policing.
  • The IGP stated that presently, the total strength of police force is 32,524, out of which approximately 12,000 are performing security duties, including 8,000 deployed with VIPs and only 20,000 personnel of police force were left for the purpose of policing of 18 million people in Karachi.
  • The majority of the police force performing duty in Karachi comprises brave and devoted officers and men. They risk their lives often targeted by unidentifiable enemies enjoying mobility in action. They deserve the respect of the nation.
  • If the police official/officers are not sincere with the victims belonging to their own rank and file, what expectation could one have from such force, which, admittedly, stands politicized, for initiating forceful action against the culprits involved in causing target killing, brutal murders, cutting limbs of human bodies and putting the dead bodies and torsos into bags with a view to terrorizing the society as a whole in general and the inhabitants of Karachi city in particular.
  • The IGP has also made before this Court another admission while giving his presentation, summary of which has been reproduced hereinabove, that there are no go areas within the jurisdiction of different police stations.
  • In this view of the matter, we are of the opinion that the police without having any commitment/dedication and other reasons highlighted hereinabove, is not in a position to make any break through unless the whole force is de-politicized and their morale is boosted by the senior officers, having credible service/ training, commitment, dedication always ready to discharge their functions willingly and to the best of their ability.
  • The political face of the city has been taken hostage by militant groups of political parties. Political parties are penetrated by the criminals under the garb of political groups who use party flags. The militants and criminals are taking refuge in the lap of political and ethnic parties which use the flags of these parties to commit illegal activities with impunity.
  • Besides, the DG Rangers candidly conceded that bhatta [extortion money] is a normal practice and criminals are collecting bhatta, which, every day, runs into at least 10 million rupees and it is being charged from an ordinary shopkeeper, rehriwala (push-cart peddler) up to the top businessman by criminals who have got the backing of the political parties who are the stakeholders.
  • Bhatta is being collected invariably by the persons who claim their association with ANP, MQM, PPP, Jamat-e-Islami, Sunni Tehrik, etc. Besides, activists of the organizations banned under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 are also indulging in these activities.
  • Initiation of Suo Moto proceedings by the Court sent one straight and simple message to an administration working under political pressures: “Take no political pressure from any quarter whatsoever”. This was an unstated message, but it was loud and clear.
  • A depoliticized administration suddenly came to life in fighting crimes, criminals and Mafias, political and otherwise. That is what the intervention of the Court achieved. We the Judges have no guns to fight the terrorists, but we have the authority to ensure and strengthen the hands of those who actually apply the law.
  • Courts can only act upon evidence and material presented before them. This has to be collected by the executive. The Courts cannot be blamed if the executive/police fail in their duty. Moreover the evidence thus collected must be evaluated according to the laws and rules prescribed by the legislature. In these especial circumstances it is for the Government to ensure that cogent evidence to support prosecution is collected and presented in the Court.
  • The Court expects that a new culture of independent, depoliticized, and non-partisan prosecution comprising efficient, capable prosecutors will be established by the government to aid and assist the Courts. The Government must also depoliticize the administration/prosecution. This will be for its own good and for that of the nation. The Courts will keep a watchful eye and strike down all illegal pressures and orders that are brought to their notice.
  • It may be noted that as far as offence of extortion of money is concerned, which can also be considered as bhatta, it is covered by sections 386 to 388 of the Pakistan Penal Code and also falls within the definition of terrorism given in section 6(1)(k) of the Anti-terrorism Act, 1997.
  • We may reiterate here that now it is not possible under the Constitution and law for the Armed Forces to dismiss the Government by adopting extra-constitutional measures, detailed reference in this behalf, if required, can be made to the only judgment of this Court in Sindh High Court Bar Association’s case (ibid), but at the same time the chosen representatives also owe a duty to the Constitution and if they feel that on account of any political expediency they can allow the continuance of the present position of law and order in the Province, it will be at their own risk and cost, otherwise under the Constitution they are bound to secure lives and properties, ensuring the proprietary rights, freedom of movement, etc., and failing which constitutionally such government is likely to lose their right of ruling.]
  • Karachi is full of arms and ammunition of prohibited and non-prohibited bores including licensed and illicit, therefore, Karachi has to be cleansed from all kinds of weapons by adhering to the laws available on the subject, and if need be, by promulgating new legislation. All licensed arms genuinely required for security concerns and personal safety may be retained but these must also be registered with NADRA.
  • We direct that there must be no ‘NO GO AREAS’ at all in Karachi. If any is found or credibly reported to the Court the Police and, if required by the Provincial Government, the Rangers shall take strong and decisive action to eliminate it. Moreover, if such an area is proved to exist to the satisfaction of the Court, we may require the IGP himself, and if necessary the DG Rangers also, to personally lead the operation into such areas.
  • However, we have noted that about 80 percent FIRs, which have been  registered during the last one month, have been cancelled by declaring them as “A” class and whatever progress has been made in causing  arrests of the accused, it is after  instant proceedings by this Court.
  • The Federal Government could have provided assistance to the Provincial Government to control the disturbances without any delay, but we fail to understand the reasons prevailing with the Federal Government in not acting promptly as the learned counsel has himself by reciting verses from Holy Quran pointed out that killing of one human being is tantamount to killing of whole mankind.
  • The morale of the police is low. Even honest Policemen are demoralized. They are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. On the one hand, they may be punished for doing their duty if it runs counter to the political objectives of the party in power and on the other, they are afraid of being shot by the persons they have apprehended or their associates. They are conscious of the fact that so many policemen who took part in the operations of 1992 and 1996 have disappeared or have been eliminated. It is necessary, therefore, for the Police to fully and impartially investigate and find out the circumstances of each such disappearance/elimination and provide a detailed report to this Court in respect thereof.
  • Both the Provincial and Federal Governments/Executives have to find out solutions of the present scenario as per provisions of the Constitution.
  • Police force being principal law enforcing agency has to be de-politicized and strengthened so that they could, with full commitment, dedication, zeal and zest, perform its bounden duty, and unless there is a de-politicized police, the situation of law and order is likely to become more aggravated.
  • Banning any political party including MQM, against whom all the interveners mostly had voiced complaints is not within domain of the Court.
  • There are criminals who have succeeded in making their ways in political parties notwithstanding whether they are components or non-components of government, and are getting political and financial support allegedly from such parties.
  • DG NADRA and the IGP will set up a special joint cell with specialized officials and experts along with SMC 16/2011 ETC. 155 sufficient manpower to establish several teams to visit on the spot and identify illegal foreigners so that they may be dealt with strictly in accordance with law after a proper hearing and opportunity to present proof of their citizenship.
  • IGP shall collect the record and facts about the disappearance or elimination of all police and other officials who took part in the Karachi operations of 1992 and 1996 or were witnesses in ethnic or related crimes and present a report to the Court within the next one month.

Updated from print version (below)

Supreme Court’s verdict in suo motu Karachi violence case today 

The Supreme Court will announce its verdict in the suo motu case on Karachi violence in a development that is likely to have far-reaching political implications today, Thursday.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had taken a suo motu notice on the appeal of Allama Tahirul Qadri, the head of the Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran, in a bid to improve the law and order conditions in the metropolis, which had witnessed one of its most violent summers when at least 1,000 people were murdered in drive-by shootings.

The chief justice had issued notice to the attorney general of Pakistan (AGP), the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), and the president of the Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) to appear before the court on August 26 to assist in the case.

The court had sought a comprehensive report from the AGP, the chief secretary and provincial police officer (PPO) for Sindh on the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi.

The chief justice constituted a five-member special bench headed by the chief justice and comprising Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, and Justice Ghulam Rabbani.

Apart from Tahirul Qadri’s appeal, advocate Tariq Asad, Barrister Zafarullah of the Watan Party, had also filed petitions under Article 184 (3) of the constitution on Karachi’s law and order situation. Before the first hearing of the case, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) had approached the registrar of the Supreme Court and expressed a desire to become a party to the case for the court’s assistance. At the first hearing, the court rejected the report submitted by the Sindh government and decided to shift the bench to Karachi.

After this happened, other political parties in Sindh also expressed a desire to assist the court on the law and order issue. The bench held 10 hearings of the case at the Karachi registry on a day-to-day basis. On September 15, the court reserved its judgment but issued a short order.

In this order, the bench had directed Sindh Advocate General Abdul Fattah Malik to submit a daily report to Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany on cases relating to crime in the city since July 24. The court had also asked for a report on what actions were taken against Karachi’s extortion rackets every day.

The two-member monitoring committee of the Supreme Court into the suo motu proceedings kept an eye on whatever action was taken by the police and government.

Top police and government officials were questioned on the cases against target killers and extortionists and how they were being prosecuted. During the last two weeks of September the spotlight fell on the special public prosecutors who were posted to the anti-terrorism courts. The judges asked how they could achieve results if they were on contract. At one point, Sindh Prosecutor General Shahadat Awan, who heads the department, and the advocate general who represents the entire provincial set-up, told the committee that all of the 37 prosecutors who were hired on contract, are being removed.

The reserved judgment will be announced today in court room No. 1, led by the chief justice at 1 pm.

Notices have been issued to all parties concerned, including the counsel for the parties, the AGP, the SCBA president, the president of the SHCBA, the prosecutor general and the inspector general of police for Sindh.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 6th, 2011.

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  • socius
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:33AM

    I have confidence in the court’s judgement and role in improving things, as they were and are in karachi. i pray for the speedy recovery of our dismembered political body.

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  • Zeeshan Abidi
    Oct 6, 2011 - 9:16AM

    I hope the decision may stop the killing of innocent citizens of karachi.We love karachi, We love Pakistan.Recommend

  • Jack
    Oct 6, 2011 - 9:33AM

    Its time ………. all those who give so much pain should be hanged ,,,,,,,, no more delays affordable

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  • Maher
    Oct 6, 2011 - 9:58AM

    MQM joined PPP, so you can expect verdict will be just a warning…Recommend

  • pervaiz memon
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:31AM

    karachi is open secret for every one . As reputation of CJ a strong decision will expected . only people of karachi give blood for CJ and CJ is last hope for them . A compromising or so called pragmatic decision will disappointing for people of karachi and help full for terrorist group and terrorist will hit back within month or two .

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  • Attif Abbas
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:28AM

    Court verdict should pave for way to the end of voilence in politics.

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  • Unreasonable patriot
    Oct 6, 2011 - 1:15PM

    Although we hope and pray that the SC can deliver on the unrealistic expectations of the people, I think it’s unfair to pin all the hopes of the citizens of Karachi on an institution that has not made such a wide ranging promise. The judgement can, and legally speaking should, only contain recommendations and will not have any implementable measures or declaratory statements. As such, the exercise will neither improve the situation, nor will it stem the violence. Fair warning.

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  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Oct 6, 2011 - 1:54PM

    All people of Pakistan will accept the verdict of the Supreme Court but will the Govt.accept it or act upon it???? and MQM, joined the Govt. only a day before the verdict!! Recommend

  • Mango Man
    Oct 6, 2011 - 2:21PM

    A traditional decision… Hundred of innocent people were killed and No ONE was punished… Alas!!! Get ready for the judgement of ALLAH…

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  • Fareedi
    Oct 6, 2011 - 3:10PM

    . The Blood of Countless innocent shall not go to waste. There is another above that doesn’t need evidences. God shall be the judge of all hidden and visible… Pakistan shall arise from this abyss and accomplish…. Inshaallah.

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  • HG
    Oct 6, 2011 - 3:14PM

    Same old Verdict!! No one was convicted!!Recommend

  • Abdul Lateef
    Oct 6, 2011 - 3:20PM

    The decision/opinion is so clear, now its upto common man to decide as court has done its job.

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  • breitzer
    Oct 6, 2011 - 3:24PM

    Isalute you sir …finally someone spoke truth at good level…salam tujhay CJ

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  • Farooq Khan
    Oct 6, 2011 - 3:41PM

    SC has said in its judgement that action should be taken against all those residing illegally in Pakistan. Good, now action will be taken against Al Qaeda and Haqqani networkRecommend

  • Still a pakistani
    Oct 6, 2011 - 3:59PM

    MQM is the most popular party of karachi; having vast majority, thereby have a control all over the city. Whatever is happening in karachi, reflects the people’s choice and capabilities of selected leadership to control the situation in the area they have been selected from…!
    MQM once again joined the Govt, so they are the system again.
    INSHALLAH things will get better now.
    Best of Luck to all concerned

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  • breitzer
    Oct 6, 2011 - 4:37PM

    still a pakistani…have you ever been to karachi…or if u r in khi then u dont know common people they hate all parties including MQM…mandate and all these things are falsly own by them,,,,comeon try to understand…

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  • abbas
    Oct 6, 2011 - 4:53PM

    Isn’t that commentary or summary of 5-6 days brain storming session in the court than a verdict from highest judicial authority in the country.

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  • Oct 6, 2011 - 4:56PM

    I think that the decesion of supreme court is a hard waning to sind government.

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  • Still a pakistani
    Oct 6, 2011 - 4:59PM

    @breitzer
    Brother I may not be sitting in khi but the number of elected members of parliment from MQM tells the story that people want them in power and i can bet this number will not be disturbed in next election unless people who keep everything in their heards and enjoy a day long sleep on the day of elections….!
    It is not the problem of prople from khi only…. it is of our complete Nation!

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  • Jawad U Rahman
    Oct 6, 2011 - 4:59PM

    So, what is the verdict exactly? And will the esteemed Court move to taking suo moto action against the religious groups and lawyers taking the law into their own hands upon the announcement of Qadri’s death sentence, the destruction of the presiding judge’s office in that case, and the fact that the poor judge is running for his life?

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  • Oct 6, 2011 - 5:13PM

    Decision is based on the facts finding reports. There is ray of hope for peace and tranquility for Pkaistani people. This represnts the true verdict of the supreme court. We may hope for the bestt.

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  • Jameel
    Oct 6, 2011 - 5:19PM

    Good fun at the public’s expense for a few days but no productive outcome.

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  • Shoaib
    Oct 6, 2011 - 6:19PM

    Respected CJ, we are disappointed, please quit!

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  • Wasil Arian
    Oct 6, 2011 - 6:41PM

    The court should have given some clear instructions about a large chunk of Police personnels deployed to secrity duties for th VIPs. Such use should be restricted to the bareset minimum and if there is any more need for some big wig, it should be arranged personally or by the concerned political party.

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  • Kaz
    Oct 6, 2011 - 6:55PM

    lol… whata joke!!! nothing substantial and no punishments but just a polite warning in loud tone by the SC. :p

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  • Mirza
    Oct 6, 2011 - 6:59PM

    The SC theater continues with speeches and bullet points of CJ. It is a whole lot of nothing except a political circus and waste of time & money. Sorry to say but the drama of Independent judiciary continues.

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  • Imran Swati
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:17PM

    Salaam Pakistan !

    The CJ and The SC of Pakistan has done their job , now its government’s job that how much it acts on the decision ???
    Hope for the Best !

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  • Miqs
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:18PM

    Musharaf did the right thing by sacking him but the issue was politicised, Just like the Qadri situation

    Dear CJ please retire as you cannot fool all of the people all of the time

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  • the Truth
    Oct 6, 2011 - 7:31PM

    So let me summarize this for you all…Karachi is big, Karachi has crime, Some police good, Some police bad, politicians corrupt, Supreme Court Great. People of Karachi learn to live with it. I think that just about covers it, What a joke these people are and what a waste of time, energy and money.

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  • Haris
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:26PM

    People of Pakistan are not ready to take up responsibility of their own lives, their own betterment. They want prosperity, peace, rights to be served on plate either by Army or SC or some other entity. This never happened in world history and will not happen for Pakistanis. Struggling for rights is a far cry, people of Karachi / Pakistan cant even call spade a spade.

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  • Ahmed
    Oct 6, 2011 - 8:55PM

    Dear CJ… why do you think so many people came on street for you? because they expected you to be a real deal… you have proved otherwise….

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  • MAD
    Oct 6, 2011 - 9:58PM

    I have confidence in the courts judgement but those responsible for implementation of the verdict will either devise ways to circumvent it or ignore provisions altogether on some flimsy grounds.

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  • Siddh
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:31PM

    I wasnt impressed with this judgement considering no one was punished or bought to justice except ‘political type vague statements’ by the Court. I guess this violence will continue unabetted :(

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  • Yasir Mehmood
    Oct 6, 2011 - 10:54PM

    Doctrine of necessity?

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  • Nasir Hussain
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:14PM

    Its democratic verdict.

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  • farooq
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:19PM

    Yes It is a very mature decision of the Supreme Court, but that does not absolve political parties especially MQM. They have a lot of answering to do. Please read the verdict carefully, where does it suggest that MQM or others are not involved in violence.

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  • Javaid Toosy rep of PCHS Ghazi Road Lahore Pakistan
    Oct 6, 2011 - 11:29PM

    The CJ decision is temporary settlement of the affairs. But they must be governed by means of some enactment of Law for their lawlessness attitude. Making an independent province with transferring of judicial officers for local city law, custom law, excise law, all type of taxation laws, anti smuggling squads, from federal level be made for making the things suitably sustainable.
    With full control of civilized people of Karachi along with business community of higher level with strict control on smuggling can turn the thing in most self actuating way.

    But one thing Karachi people must realize that storing of water in dams at Punjab for their drinking and irrigation would make them pros press and flourishing, because their soil underneath has rocky terrain due to which one season rainfall can not be absorbed how can they utilize 30MAFof water river Kabul in Karachi or Sind Recommend

  • Saqib Mohiuddin
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:57AM

    Finally, somebody in Pakistan has courage to specify that the root cause of the problem is the Law Enforcement System, specially the Police.
    If CJ would have instructed the Federal and Provincial Government to hand over the Police Authority to the local bodies, that would have been a great help to the people of Karachi. All around the world the police is under the control of city government. Currently what is happening is that people from other cities and provinces are brought in to lead the Police department and they are all politicized. They have the same agenda as of the political parties who are failing to penitrate Karachi.
    And yes, if you launch operations against people of the Economic hub of the country as in 1992, you will see more and more rebels.

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  • Imran Hussain
    Oct 7, 2011 - 12:58AM

    All parties should respect this verdict from Supreme Court of Pakistan and atleast agree on one point agenda that they will support each other for the betterment of common Karachiite and for the restoration of peace and stability in the city.
    Karachi is the financial and commercial hub of Pakistan and the government on both federal and provincial levels should make sure that Karachi is on the path of prosperity because prosper and secure Karachi would be a guarantee for a safer and prosper Pakistan.

    Imran Hussain
    USA

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  • Imran A. Azeem
    Oct 7, 2011 - 1:51AM

    Well, The whole exercise proofs that the SYSTEM is guilty, the law enforcement agencies are incapable and corrupt as well as the political parties have loose grips on their structures. Karachi is a big Metropolis. Just like Pakistan counts on it, it has great attraction for criminals mafias. It must be dealt with care and with the wills of genuine Citizens, genuine citizens means those who have their residence and family here, those who pay taxes and utilities.
    Making illegal localities through mass migrations or any other means to change the demography may further complicate the situation. Changing demography through land grabbing is root cause of Karachi crisis. Now its up to Government to stop all this nonsense.

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  • Farheen Rizvi
    Oct 7, 2011 - 2:38AM

    At least the verdict is balanced in a way that shows who is the real responsible of the security of the citizen of Pakistan. Now it is law agencies’ job to depoliticize all the agencies and serve the society equally.

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  • H
    Oct 7, 2011 - 2:54AM

    Good job Mr Justice Iftikhar. Now can you also take a suo moto case against the massacre of hazaras in your own province (Balochistan). Thanks

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  • Shayan
    Oct 7, 2011 - 5:13AM

    Well this turned out to be a dissappointment! CJ could have passed this statement from Islamabad as well. I cant believe I supported his reinstatement.

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  • ayesha
    Oct 7, 2011 - 5:44AM

    I am surprised that he began by saying that Islam is a religion of peace. Come on. This is courtroom not a masjid. No-one needs a religious sermon from him.

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  • Mehdi
    Oct 7, 2011 - 7:04PM

    Where is the decision? This is just a really good essay.

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  • Navaid
    Oct 8, 2011 - 2:48AM

    The dog and pony show is finally over ! And although I do not have any faith or confidence in our judicial setup, I can say with great ease that I do agree with the verdict, and I pray to Almighty God that the people of Karachi will witness some relief, and maybe, just maybe, re-live the the “Great 8” years that the Mushrarraf regime was able to bring about in Karachi. Now for those repressive figures who are bent upon imposing a ban on the MQM, let’s get realistic here. The MQM, whether you love em or hate em, is the most popular political force in the urban areas of the Sindh province, BY FAR !!! By imposing a ban on the MQM, the repressive figures of the feudal establishment are basically telling the residents of urban Sindh, that we do not want your voices to be heard, and we do not want you involved in the body politic of Pakistan….deja vu, 1971 all over again !!!

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  • Adnan Siddiqui
    Oct 8, 2011 - 10:01AM

    Perhaps now is time to accept the mandate of the people of Karachi. Everybody needs to work together to build a better and prosperous Pakistan. We need to become Pakistani but can we? Or do we want to?
    The province are based on language and ethnicity, we are punjabi, pathan, sindhi, balouchi, saraiki etc. And now we are making those even more stronger by making new provinces based on languages (pakhtonkwa). All the provinces should be on administrative basis not on languages. Pakistan needs at least 15-20 administrative provinces and Urdu should be promoted throughout the country as one national language.
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  • Attif Abbas
    Oct 8, 2011 - 11:13AM

    Well Since the start of Suo moto target killings have been stopped, it’s a big achievement on the courts part. But i think what we heard of 1973 constitution during the Martial Laws were erroneously false. It looks to be a constitution made by politicos for their gains, but in reality it doesn’t solve any problems of the society being ruled by it. Recommend

  • Raees Chishti
    Oct 8, 2011 - 1:27PM

    No doubt, General Musharraf regime was able to bring about Karachi. CJ, verdict,s all cleared their opinion now ball in public court what they will decide in forthcoming election for Pakistan good future.

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  • A.Hayyee
    Oct 12, 2011 - 10:56AM

    Dear victims,

    It is my suggestion that the victim’s families submit the petition before the hon”ble court against the Provincial Government, Sindh police rangers and claim not less the 30 lacks of rupees as a compensation.

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