Karachi violence: Police more loyal to politicians than force, says SC

Published: October 25, 2012
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If the government legislates to protect criminals, how can courts be blamed for their release, the SC asked. PHOTO: EXPRESS/Rashid Ajmeri

If the government legislates to protect criminals, how can courts be blamed for their release, the SC asked. PHOTO: EXPRESS/Rashid Ajmeri

KARACHI: 

On day two of the Supreme Court’s hearings into the implementation of its recommendations in the Karachi violence suo motu case, it was the police that bore the brunt of the bench’s ire.

Resuming the hearing on Wednesday, the apex court bench observed that the politicisation of Sindh’s police force amounted to its failure to carry out its primary duty — that of maintaining law and order. It also went on to say that police officers are now more loyal to politicians than the force itself.

Karachi police chief Fayyaz Leghari tried to defend the force’s performance, saying that they were studying the records to verify the character, political affiliations and criminal records of officers.

The lack of implementation of the court’s orders came up again on Wednesday, with the SC warning of the repercussions of not heeding orders. The bench said that the failure of government functionaries to execute court orders was the main reason for an increase in crimes. If the government legislates to protect criminals, how can courts be blamed for their release, it questioned, adding that all of this is being done in a systematic way.

When the issue of the death penalty was raised during the proceedings, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said the courts had sentenced to death hundreds of convicts whose mercy pleas were also turned down. “No execution has taken place during the last four years,” he said, questioning that, if the death penalty was not required, why had parliament not legislated to end it.

Home Secretary Waseem Ahmed contended that Lahore and Karachi had an equal average rate of 8.5 killings per day, which was lower than big cities of the world such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangkok and Mexico.

Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany rubbished this comparison, saying Lahore had no ethnic or religious issues.

“You’re making it out to be like a 20/20 match,” remarked Justice Khilji Arif Hussain. “The way you are counting human lives in this way.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 25th, 2012.

 

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Analyzer
    Oct 25, 2012 - 9:58AM

    Waseem Ahmed contended that Lahore and Karachi had an equal average rate of 8.5 killings per day, which was lower than big cities of the world such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangkok and Mexico

    This imbecile should worry about fixing his own city and country. Failure of Indians and Mexicans in their own cities is no excuse for complacency.

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  • ikhlaas
    Oct 25, 2012 - 10:37AM

    now where is mqm ???

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  • Sindhi_Sufi
    Oct 25, 2012 - 10:43AM

    Police officers who conducted operations against criminals were not only chased but killed in last Govt. No body ever cared to protect or support those police officers for their service. Now Police thinks why to care when criminal groups and parties are more powerful than them.

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  • Total
    Oct 25, 2012 - 1:52PM

    Altaf bhai, now please demand an operation cleanup in Karachi as you demanded operation in N.waziristan on an attack over malala in Swat….Recommend

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