Karachi: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday continued hearing suo motu case on Karachi unrest. A five member bench of the apex court, 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.
Representing Sindh government, senior lawyer Abdul Hafeez Peer Zada said that first ethnic clash between Pakthuns and Mohajirs occurred in Gen Ayub Khan’s period while first ever clash between the MQM took place in Gen Zia Ul Haq’s regime. He said that the current situation emerged due to local government system in the city, adding that ethnic violence could erupt if the tension was not defused.
Peerzada said that crime rate could be reduced but could not be ended. He informed the court that influence of foreigners was increasing in the city as their population has reached up to 2.5 million and they were living illegally.
He said the foreigners included Bengali, Barmi, Sri Lankan, Afghan nationals and a Barmi was elected as counselor in local government election.
Chief Justice remarked that the bench was ready to hear the case on Eid holidays to restore peace in the city.
Peerzada told the court that the foreigners have dual nationalities like Pakistani politicians. He said that a person with dual nationalities should not be allowed to contest election in Pakistan.
The CJ ruled that police and other law enforcement agencies must take measures to maintain peace in Karachi.
The CJ said that the IG Sindh should told the court that how many torture cells were operating in the metropolis.
He remarked that victims of torture had recorded their statements in a TV show. The chief justice said no remedy action was taken after the killing of 306 people in Karachi. He observed, ” Chief Minister is responsible for the protection of people of the province”.
The CJ annoyed over IG Sindh Wajid Durrani and said that the police did not want to carry out investigation.
The hearing was adjourned till September 5.