A five-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Ifikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Jsutice Nasirul Mulk was hearing the case in the Supreme Court Karachi registry.
Babar Awan was representing the federal government. Awami National Party leader Bashir Jan also reached the court with his counsel while Jamat-e-Islami and Sindh Bachao Committee representatives also approached the SC for being a party in the case.
Sources told The News Tribe that Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq have presented reports of Intelligence Bureau (IB), The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and other law enforcement agencies regarding Karachi law and order situation. He prayed that certain IB reports not to be made part of court record and also should not be issued to the media.
The bench expressed dissatisfaction over the reports, saying they were routine reports and contained details of old arrests . “How can the reports eliminate crimes” the bench remarked. It further observed that, in most of the cases accused were released.
During the hearing Inspector General Sindh Police Wajid Durrani told the court that more than 100 ethnic groups were living in different parts of Karachi and violence often erupted due in these areas.
The IG also provided details to the court regarding the number of killings, torture and stuffed in gunny bags.He said that police was collecting evidence about targeted killing.
The IG told the court that the acts of violence were taking place in the city due to ethical differences. The IG said that people of Karachi was being forced to pay extortion and protest were held whenever action was taken against the extortionists. He said that 70 beheaded bodies were found thin a month.
The CJ marked that media reports suggested Karachi was paralyzed during last two months. He asked the IG that SHO’s of relative police station would be aware of torture cells in their respective areas.
The IG told that Rangers found torture cells in Lyari on Sunday.However he himself had not seen any torture cell.
He said that various groups have set up No Go Areas in the city.He added that arms and ammunition was brought to the city via ships, trucks and trains.
The CJ observed that peace could not be restored in the city unless the metropolis is made an arm free zone.
The IG told the court that the government was planning to purge the city of illicit weapons.
The Chief Justice ruled that the court has gotten cognizance about the situation and now it would determined to know who was patronizing the culprits.
Strict security arrangements have been made for SC hearing in Karachi. Heavy contingent of police have been deployed out side the court.