Eliminate all Karachi no-go areas in a week: SC

Published: April 4, 2013
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Pakistani Rangers and journalists stand beside a display of confiscated weapons during a media briefing. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Pakistani Rangers and journalists stand beside a display of confiscated weapons during a media briefing. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

KARACHI: The Supreme Court (SC) rejected the report submitted by police on Thursday about no-go areas in Karachi, and ordered the chief secretary to ensure the elimination of all no-go areas within seven days and submit a report, Express News reported.

A five member bench headed by the chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) heard the Karachi unrest case in the SC registry Karachi.

Terming the police report irrelevant and misleading, the court stated that they had demanded the SHOs from the 112 police stations in the said areas to provide a clearance certificate but they failed to do so.

Once the police and rangers decide to take severe action against criminals the crime rate will automatically go down, remarked the CJP while criticizing the inefficiency of police and rangers.

“Barriers do not determine no-go areas. We have a barrier outside this court so does this become a no-go area as well?” questioned the CJP.

The CJP then went on to give examples of, Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai — cities with similar demographics as Karachi but with a lower crime rate.

Sindh IGP Shahid Nadeem Baloch yesterday ruled out the existence of no-go areas in Karachi.

“The areas where law enforcers face resistance can be called no-go areas,” he said. “But we have removed barriers from other places and made them ‘easy come easy go’ for citizens as well as law enforcers,” Nadeem said while addressing a press conference.

DIG West Zafar Abbas Bukhari, on March 29, admitted to the CJP that law enforcers fear setting their feet in some of the city’s troubled spots. The senior police official voiced fear during an apex court hearing linked to the Karachi violence case.

The court had then adjourned the case till April 4.

Arshad Pappu case

“What happened with Arshad Pappu could not have taken place without the consent of any high official,” the CJP remarked in reference to Arshad Pappu’s murder.

The police asked for more time to submit their detailed report regarding the murder and the court granted it.

Police recovered the bodies of gangster Arshad Pappu and his brother Arfat in the Lyari area of Karachi on March 16. They claimed that both the men were kidnapped and were tortured to death.

Pappu, as he is commonly known, was one of the key players in the Lyari gang wars.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • AA
    Apr 4, 2013 - 2:03PM

    Didn’t Supreme Court ask before to eliminate the no-go areas in 4 days?

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  • Chunky Lafanga
    Apr 4, 2013 - 2:34PM

    What hope do the citizens have if law enforcement is afraid of these areas?

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  • zohaib
    Apr 4, 2013 - 2:51PM

    so only few areas came under operation but what about the biggest of all “Liyari” and what about aman committee? additionally what about areas like katti pahari and mungo peer where ttp is creating their strongholds. nothing has been done in these areas, which depicts the fear of retaliation towards our beloved rangers ha

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  • razi
    Apr 4, 2013 - 3:16PM

    Law enforcing agencies both Rangers and Police are demonstrating extraordinary performance in controlling Karachi since the day interim government in in function. this is only due to pressure relived from a hefty force of minsters and advisers working for the interest of their political groups and parties. Though the task is difficult yet it is relived that they will get success in restoring peace in Karachi.

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  • wasim
    Apr 4, 2013 - 3:26PM

    there are few areas still seeking full scale operation such as Liari, Kari Pahari, SherPao Coloney, sohrab goth, Banaras and frontier coloney and nonetheless Gadap. Forces have to test their muscles before going into these areas.

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  • bandgi
    Apr 4, 2013 - 3:32PM

    Strong Commitment for peace……We must support every effort for peace…
    Allha bless people of Pakistan………

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  • A.M.Khan
    Apr 4, 2013 - 4:02PM

    Thanks God, Karachi got some attention.

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  • S. Shaikh
    Apr 4, 2013 - 4:33PM

    Streets of Karachi have been blocked by barriers. Before anything else, ALL these barriers must be removed to get rid of no-go areas.

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  • Ace
    Apr 4, 2013 - 5:05PM

    Let the judges feel good by ordering the executive around. The issue of no-go areas can only be resolved by the politicians as the law and order situation is mostly sponsored by political parties. No amount of force will resolve this problem.

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  • Discostu
    Apr 4, 2013 - 5:56PM

    Not sure if anyone noticed, but the assault rifles in the picture are standard issue for the US military. Now we know who was stealing NATO containers!

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  • Bhatti
    Apr 4, 2013 - 6:04PM

    Only one sincere Institution of Pakistan has made this much impact in Pakistan, Just Imagine how Good would that be if other institutions like FBR, Police & NAB get on the right track!

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  • cautious
    Apr 4, 2013 - 9:26PM

    Why a week vs immediate? It’s a policy issue – not a matter of eliminating physical barriers.

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