Terrorism: Judiciary too afraid to rule against culprits, says Sharjeel Memon

Published: June 27, 2013
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Our stake in Karachi is no less, says Memon. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Our stake in Karachi is no less, says Memon. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon on Thursday said that the government can’t be held solely responsible for ensuring peace in the city, if the judiciary won’t do its job.

Addressing members of the Sindh Assembly, Memon said, “If the government catches terrorists and throws them in jail for the court to carry the cases forward and the courts don’t have the power to rule against them, what do we do?” Memon said.

The provincial information minister said that cases against the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) are always singled out because it’s an easy target.

“Cases pertaining to the NRO issue were eight but only one was taken forward – the one against Benazir Bhutto,” Memon said, amidst an uproar in the assembly.

“Everyone remembers the bloodshed of 12 May. Six years have passed but there have only been three hearings,” Memon detailed.

“Where did the judges go? Why don’t they take the other cases forward?” Memon questioned, claiming that the judiciary is afraid of ruling against the culprits.

Be it sentencing Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to death, or killing Benazir Bhutto, PPP has always been an easy target, Memon stated.

“We don’t believe in political victimization. We won’t bring up false cases against people who have wronged us in the past,” said Memon, claiming that PPP wasn’t even in the government when cases were filed against them.

“Peace in Karachi is as desirable to us as it is to the people of Karachi,” asserted Memon.

He said, the people of Karachi might have a bigger stake in Karachi, but PPP’s stake in Karachi is not insignificant.

“We want peace to prevail in Karachi but for that to happen, everyone has to play a role. It can’t all be left to the government,” Memon said.

Memon said that all political parties need to step forward.

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  • Liberal
    Jun 27, 2013 - 5:35PM

    Mr. Memon, if you and your government doesn’t collect sufficient evidence for their conviction, how will the judiciary rule against them?

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 27, 2013 - 5:36PM

    Sincerity with peace efforts in Karachi can be demonstrated by giving Karachi a directly elected mayor with policing and transport under him. Nothing short of this can restore peace in the metropolis.

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  • Sami Ullah
    Jun 27, 2013 - 5:42PM

    Mr. Memon you have been elected by public for criticism, as I know you delivered nothing.

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  • Usman
    Jun 27, 2013 - 5:44PM

    Mr parliamentarian let me tell u something court can’t do anything unless u provide all the relevant proofs,statements ,evidence and witness’s .judges follow constitution and give judgement by books.and on other you play politic politic
    .And when they really start doin “insaaf” then you ur self start crying about it and use “sindh” and “qabar” card.say whole system is working against us [email protected] don’t filter the comment

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  • ashar
    Jun 27, 2013 - 5:47PM

    Rubbish.

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  • A J Khan
    Jun 27, 2013 - 5:55PM

    Our recent History has proved that Memon is saying the truth. Courts over a period of time have proved that there are too many things wrong in our Judiciary.

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  • ZZ
    Jun 27, 2013 - 6:10PM

    Zardari calls Sharjeel Memon and asks: Do you want to remain in PPPP?

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  • Paindoo
    Jun 27, 2013 - 6:22PM

    Agreed with PPP in this matter. Judiciary has lacked the required courage to decree against terrorists.

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  • Ozair
    Jun 27, 2013 - 6:25PM

    For the first time, I have to agree with Sharjeel Memon . It is very true

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  • Well Wisher
    Jun 27, 2013 - 6:31PM

    Look, who is talking. Clean your mess also. Terrorism is not the monopoly of any single party.

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  • Peace Seeker
    Jun 27, 2013 - 6:44PM

    Like one minister said earlier that corruption is the right of everyone now it seems everyone wants to claim terrorism as its right without declaring it and hiding it just as they hide corruption.

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  • Racer
    Jun 27, 2013 - 6:58PM

    He is probably unaware of what happened with Justice Baqar Maqbool.

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  • khan
    Jun 27, 2013 - 7:01PM

    Why make such a ho ha about it now. Why didnt you do anything when you had the power of the Government in the PPP

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  • Manoj Joshi India
    Jun 27, 2013 - 7:09PM

    There needs to be serious work by the judiciary in Pakistan to tackle terrorism and bring the culprits to the books. The task may not be all that simple as it seems nevertheless it has to be done in national and international interests. This alone can allow the plant of democracy to develop in The Islamic Republic of Pakistan. For then alone shall the society get freed from the shackles of fundamentalists and religious clergy.

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  • Singh
    Jun 27, 2013 - 7:11PM

    It always happen when terrorist have upper hand, because judge fear for their safety. Let Law enforcement take upper hand then you see judge will deliver verdict in six month. Without political support terrorism can’t flourish.
    Singh
    ET will you………….

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  • syedshah
    Jun 27, 2013 - 7:13PM

    @A J Khan: Wrong in our judiciary like they are going after Musharraf. The biggest casualty will be Justice itself.

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  • Manoj Joshi India
    Jun 27, 2013 - 7:17PM

    @Racer:
    What happened?

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  • hamza khan
    Jun 27, 2013 - 7:31PM

    @Ozair:

    my sentiment exactly.

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  • akhtar tak
    Jun 27, 2013 - 7:55PM

    This is what mr memon is saying, judiciary must be brave and not hide behind its robes
    Judiaary is highly [email protected]:

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  • Responsible
    Jun 27, 2013 - 8:07PM

    Please resolve the issue instead of doing politics on issues, as people of Karachi needs peace, otherwise, your mandate would be treated as doubtful.

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  • Izhar Khan
    Jun 27, 2013 - 8:43PM

    Who ever in Judiciary had some courage met the fate just like Justice Maqbool Baqir. Many Judges who dared against terrorist either Taliban or Lashkare Jhangvi, suffered the same fate. If you don’t want to die from the hands of terrorists then adopt the policy of Imran Khan.

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  • Azmat Khan
    Jun 27, 2013 - 8:58PM

    Memon is quite right.

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  • Indian
    Jun 27, 2013 - 9:13PM

    Why nuclear and super power pakistan have to afraid of few talibans ??

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  • Kutbal Kako
    Jun 27, 2013 - 9:20PM

    judiciary has become the most discredited and hateful organization

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  • Racer
    Jun 27, 2013 - 9:31PM

    @Manoj Joshi India:

    The acting Chief Justice Justice Baqar Maqbool was targeted yesterday morning in a bomb blast. His guards and driver died. Luckily he survived. Two causes have been given for this attack. Number one is that he gave several sentences against the “Mujahideen”. Number two is that he is Shia.

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  • logic
    Jun 27, 2013 - 9:39PM

    Mr.Memon seems to have a special memory which works only when pppp is not in collation with MQM.

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  • unbelievable
    Jun 27, 2013 - 9:49PM

    He’s right – but PPP still did a lousy job. Classic case of two wrongs not making a right.

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  • Abdullah khan
    Jun 27, 2013 - 9:58PM

    Like other countries Justice department should be establish and Investigation wing of police department should be under control of justice department and the justice department chief should be chief justice than there will be no political influence on investigators. And second The memon is right !the political philosophy of PPP is also not Bad but their is no Charismatic leadership Present after BB death in PPP.Recommend

  • Raja Islam
    Jun 27, 2013 - 10:08PM

    @Paindoo:
    Part of it is the lack of courage on part of the judges. However, a big chunk of the problem is the lack of witnesses for crimes and improper case preparation by the investigation officers. The judiciary has to go by the law and if there are no witnesses and the police cannot come up with a good case, the culprits have to be set free.

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  • Son of Army officer
    Jun 27, 2013 - 10:09PM

    For once I agree with Mr. Memon. I would even go further and say there are many in the judiciary and the lawyer community that actually support the extremists. Cases in point, despite complete evidence in front of our eyes the Lal Masjid culprits were set free by the judiciary, Salman Taseer self proclaimed murderer was showered with roses by lawyers, and Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui who defended the Lal Masjid terrorists ordered unlawful arrest of General Musharraf as revenge.

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  • lyari
    Jun 27, 2013 - 10:23PM

    Ppp govt is too afraid to take action against.the criminals in lyari.Recommend

  • iLiberal
    Jun 27, 2013 - 10:32PM

    That’s rich, coming from a party which supports the criminals of Lyari who have engaged in extortion, murders and kidnappings. Mr. Memon your party consists of terrorists too. Get your own house into order first.

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  • Ek Tha Kashmiri
    Jun 27, 2013 - 11:06PM

    Yes if these terrorist are feeded by these so called democratic parties how judiciary can let their throat/neck cut!!!

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Jun 27, 2013 - 11:08PM

    Like always, PPP parliamentarians pass the buck on others for their misgovernance and incompetence. They should go to Switzerland and enjoy the wealth they have accumulated during the past 5 years of their mega-corrupt rule so long as the Swiss government does not return the laundered money back to Pakistan.

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  • Baloch
    Jun 27, 2013 - 11:31PM

    Mr. Memon and his Sindh governement instead of attending the dinner party of Uzair Jan Baloch, Babla Ladla , Zafar Langda etc should arrest them. Everyone knows that MPAs and MNA from Lyari are sponsored by these gangsters of Lyari. MNA Shahjan Baloch is a criminal , He is still in a jail. Who is the terrorist now ?

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  • Dr. A.K.Tewari
    Jun 27, 2013 - 11:38PM

    If all the four pillers of democracy fails to perform their duty sincerely then the army and it’s top brass can’t remain in the barreks . Now the situation is different . Drones are there to delay the army take over . The gerninating democracy will get enough time to get rectified according to the need of the hour . Musarraf is there to supply the required fertilizer for the planted seed-ling ………::??

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  • Baloch
    Jun 27, 2013 - 11:43PM

    Whole Karachi suffers from the gangsters of Lyari like Zafar Langda, Uzair Baloch, Baba Ladla, Jaingo , Mullah Nisar, Ustad Tajoo, Zubair Wehshi, Fida Baloch, Shiraaz Comrade, Amin Buledi, Omar Katchi etc . These murderers are supported by your so-called Political Party.

    ET please don’t delete my comments.

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  • Parvez
    Jun 27, 2013 - 11:50PM

    ………..well, he has a valid point.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jun 28, 2013 - 1:19AM

    I agree with SM but would add to say why those who have been convicted to capital punishment are still in their cages? There are many in other provinces also who are waiting death sentence but no action is taken, why?Recommend

  • expaki
    Jun 28, 2013 - 1:24AM

    @Aysha M: “peace efforts in Karachi can be demonstrated by giving Karachi a directly elected mayor”

    Aysha, MAYORS of any city of the world, are ALWAYS, I repeat, ALWAYS are DIRECTLY elected by the people of that city. Really why you even mentioned this? are you serious that Karachi is without a MAYOR? or it has an APPOINTED Wazao Wala BARTAAN?

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  • Imtiaz
    Jun 28, 2013 - 11:15PM

    If Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his PML-N are not careful and fail to nip this judicial hazard in the bud, the danger is that he and his party will meet the same fate as did the last government of PPP and Yousuf Raza Gilani. This judiciary with its fire stoked by a pliant and self-serving media and vested, parsimonious interests do not seem prone to stop lording over the elected government and the people’s parliament on its own volition.

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