ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday issued the 48-page detailed judgment in Karachi law and order case.
The verdict stated that to maintain the law and order situation in Karachi all the “no go” areas have been ordered to be made free for access of every citizen.
The court also directed the Inspector General of Police (Sindh) to submit a report on the next date of hearing that the entire city has been cleared and there is no “no go” area in Karachi.
The court was informed that that in Peer Abad, Mango Peer and Sohrab Goth police stations, there were some “no go” areas, which, however, were going to be cleared.
The court directed the IGP and the Director General Rangers to comply with the directions of the courts.
It also directed the federal and the Sindh provincial governments to realize that they must discharge their obligations of protection to the life and property of the citizens.
The court also directed the Prosecute General, Sindh to place on record the accurate position of the cases, pertaining to Karachi alongwith the names of the courts where these cases are pending.
On receipt of the same, the Registrar directed to send data to the trial courts concerned with the direction that they are required to conclude the hearing of cases on preferential basis by proceeding on a day-to-day basis without granting unnecessary adjournments unless they are unavoidable, the judgment stated.
It observed that as a result of the targeted operation after the decision by the federal and provincial gvernments jointly on September 4, the prosecution has to remain very vigilant and active to ensure that incriminating evidence according to law is collected against the culprits, who are involved in the commission of offences and are booked to face the trials.
If the cases fall within the schedule of Anti Terrorism Act, 1997, and the cases are submitted before the special courts under the ATA, the presiding officers are directed to adhere to the provisions of Section 19 strictly which requires decisions of such like cases within seven days and in accordance with the provisions of the Act of 1997, the order stated.
The smuggling of illicit arms and ammunition in Karachi city or the whole province is concerned, it is essential for both the federal and the provincial governments to control the same by adopting extraordinary measures and an identical situation has been noticed in the other provinces, it further stated.
The court also directed the Revenue Department to put up on record the ownership rights in respect of the persons who are in possession of the said land and notices of the same be also issued to the institutions, who are in possession of the land reproduced herein above to appear and file objections-replies and also to explain as to under what authority or law they are in possession of the property and if they fail to substantiate their ownership and possession of the property which belongs to the province of Sindh, why they should not be directed to vacate and handover possession to the Government of Sindh as early as could be possible.