Pak Affairs

SC seeks progress report from IGP Sindh on target killings

KARACHI: A five-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday sought a progress report from the IGP Sindh about the investigation of targeted killings, kidnappings and cases of extortion.
The court also directed the police to record the statements of recovered kidnapped persons and provide them protection.
The SC bench comprising the Chief Justice, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Justice Amer Hani Muslim and Justice Ghulam Rabbani hearing a suo motu case regarding law and order situation in Karachi, expressed ‘dissatisfaction’ over the investigation reports submitted by the Sindh government in the case.
On previous hearing, the Chief Justice had directed the Attorney General of Pakistan that the reports of intelligence agencies regarding law and order situation in Karachi should be made part of the record.
The Chief Justice observed that the law and order situation could not be controlled until the metropolis was made a ‘weapons free zone’.
The Chief Justice said that the provincial chief minister was duty bound to protect the lives of people.
He said that the court was taking the sou motu notice over the violation of fundamental rights of citizens.
Senior lawyer Hafeez Pirzada, counsel for the Sindh government, apprised the court that gangsters were involved in land grabbing and extortion causing lawlessness in certain parts of the city.
He further stated that ethnic and criminals groups were also involved in deteriorating peace in the city and added that the provincial government had taken appropriate measures to improve the situation.
In response to his comments, the Chief Justice asked Hafeez Pirzada to assist the court in this regard.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh Wajid Ali Durrani informed the court about the law and order situation and details about the actions taken by the police against the criminal elements so far.
The bench adjourned the hearing till Sept 5.

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Saleem Shaikh

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