Country could not progress unless Karachi is secure: Chief Justice

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has remarked that Karachi was the economic hub of Pakistan and the country could not progress unless the city was secure.

He said during the hearing of suo motu case on law and order situation in Karachi here on Tuesday.

The five-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Ghulam Rabbani resumed hearing of the case today.

“A lot of time has already been wasted, corrective measures should be taken without delay to improve law and order situation in Karachi”, the Chief Justice remarked during the hearing.

The Attorney General in his arguments said that “the reports of Intelligence agencies regarding law and order situation have submitted before the bench and now we would have to examine that who is responsible for the violation of law”.

Dr Babar Awan representing the federal government in his arguments refereed some political statements, on which the chief justice remarked that political statements should not be made part of the case.

The Inspector General Police Sindh submitted report about the licensed weapons in Karachi.

During proceedings, the chief justice raised questions about the report of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on Ajmal Pahari, an activist of a political party.

Attorney General Moulvi Anwarul Haq and Advocate General Abdul Fattah Malik completed their arguments on behalf of the Federation and Sindh Government respectively.

Dr Babar Awan will continue his arguments on Wednesday.