KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday ordered Karachi police to immediately arrest over 33,000 criminals absconding in the city and to start a campaign for recovery of illegal arms, media reports.
After two days of hearing of the Karachi law and order implementation case here, a five-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry ordered immediate arrest of criminals wanted in various crimes including terrorism.
In its interim order, the bench also ordered authorities to start a campaign for recovery of illegal arms in the city.
The court also ordered police to present details about arrests made so far in the on-going targeted operations in Karachi. Moreover, the court also sought details about slain police officers who were involved in 1992 and 1996 Karachi operations.
The court orders came after Prosecutor General Shahadat Awan informed the court that over 33,000 absconders have been at large in Karachi, and nearly 1500 of them were wanted in terrorism cases.
During the proceedings, Chief Justice remarked that crime rate could have come down had the police shown a little sincerity. “All this would not have taken place had the government purged police of politics,” he observed.
A bench hearing the case comprises Justices Jawwad S. Khawaja, Khilji Arif Hussain, Amir Hani Muslim and Azmat Saeed.
On Thursday, the Chief Secretary Sindh, Advocate General Sindh, IG Sindh police, Rangers chief and other officials submitted their reports to the apex court.