KARACHI: A 5-member bench of the Supreme Court expressed dissatisfaction over the reports submitted by the federal and provincial governments pertaining to law and order situation in the metropolis.
The bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry continued the hearing of Karachi law and order implementation case on second consecutive day at its registry here on Thursday.
The apex court rejected the reports presented by Sindh Chief Secretary and the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
The Chief Justice remarked that if the report was accepted it would mean that there had been no killings in Karachi today.
He remarked that drugs, smuggled goods and weapons were being supplied throughout Pakistan via Karachi port.
While addressing the Chief Secretary, CJ said that he did not write to the federation about preventing the smuggling of weapons through the Karachi Port. He said that 60 to 70 percent revenue is generated from this city and it feeds the entire country.
Expressing dissatisfaction over the report, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked that they are admitting that no-go areas existed in Karachi. He said that had these been prevented in the beginning, the situation would have been much better today.
Attorney General, Munir A. Malik representing the federation informed the bench that after the passage of the 18th amendment the role of the federal government was cautious. He said that there was a government of different political parties in the Centre and Sindh.
The Chief Justice replied that the constitution was the same irrespective of which parties were in government.
He inquired from the Advocate General (AG), Sindh about Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) and about its head.
The AG apprised the bench that CPLC is an effective institution to solve kidnapping for ransom cases. He further said that Ahmed Chinoy is the head of CPLC while it works under the Governor of Sindh.
Responding to this, the CJ said it meant that police department is not capable to undertake this job.
The AG drew the attention of the bench about the delay in according permission required from Federal Government for import of vehicles and other equipment for Sindh police.
The Attorney General Munir A. Malik said that AG should write to the Federal government about the issues faced by Sindh Government.
He said an important session of the Federal Cabinet has been summoned to discuss the Karachi unrest next week.
The hearing of the case was put off till August 30.