Supreme Court orders ‘operation’ in Karachi
* Sindh govt told to take action against all armed groups, including Taliban
* Under-trial prisoners released on parole be arrested without possibility of bails
KARACHI: A five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court on Saturday ordered to immediately arrest all criminals who had been released on parole while there cases were in courts and they were awaiting trial. The bench ordered this in an interim order in the Karachi unrest case.
The bench headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmani, Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Gulzar Ahmed was hearing the Karachi unrest implementation case at the court’s Karachi registry.
The bench said in its written order that a report submitted by the Sindh government had disclosed the matter of release on parole of under-trial prisoners. It said these prisoners awaiting trial yet released on parole should be arrested immediately and presented before relevant trial courts. The relevant courts were instructed to issue non-bailable warrants against such criminals. The SC also instructed the Sindh Home Department, including inspector general (IG), “to arrest those prisoners who were released on parole and to present them in the courts”.
All authorities concerned will present a detailed report regarding this issue before the larger bench of the SCP on the next hearing, order stated further. “Action against unregistered vehicles and vehicles having fancy and foreign number plates, including non-custom paid vehicles running on the roads of the metropolis, should be initiated,” stated the order.
The court also ordered the Sindh government to take immediate action against all armed groups in Karachi, including the Taliban and take serious notice of their presence in the city. In an earlier hearing in the same case, Justice Jamali had said there were reports of around 6,000 and 7,000 Taliban having entered the city. The court had then directed Sindh police chief Fayyaz Leghari to submit a detailed report in this regard.
The matter of foreign nationals also be given serious consideration, entries of foreign nationals be recorded correctly, it added. The court also ordered police and other authorities to take action against illegal foreign nationals in Karachi. Licences of firearms should be computerised within three months and subsequently all un-computerised licences be cancelled, the order added.
The bench said monthly fitness report of public transport with details be filed with the court, adding that vehicles running on Dubai or other foreign number plates be impounded.
The court said in its order the provincial government presented report on target killings following the announcement of verdict in the Karachi law and order case. It seemed from the report as if the situation had further deteriorated. Rangers have been present in the city for a long time and it is restricted only to arrest criminals, the report added. The court ordered the Rangers DG that the force work more diligently to establish peace. It should apprehend criminals and hand them over to police forthwith.
The court also ordered that the process of appointment in police be made transparent, adding that out of turn promotions were made on political basis. This way the deserving candidates were deprived of promotions. Police system be revamped so that citizens of Karachi could get rid of target killings and extortionists, the order added.
Earlier during the hearing, the bench also instructed the authorities of Excise and Taxation Department to set up their office at Karachi port so that no vehicle could enter the city without registration, as unregistered vehicles were being used in criminal activities and officials are not taking any notice. asghar azad/agencies