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MQM extra-judicial killings case: AG gets one-week to submit compliance report

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday gave one-week time to the provincial law officer to submit a comprehensive report in compliance of its earlier order that directed him to discuss the issue of extra-judicial killings of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) activists with the chief minister and other higher authorities, to work out a mechanism to reveal the truth behind the killings and prevent such incidents.The bench, headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, was seized with the hearing of half a dozen of identical petitions against extra-judicial killings of the MQM activists during the ongoing operation in the city. It directed the Sindh advocate general (AG) to submit a report in compliance of its earlier order within a week and adjourned the hearing of the case till July 14. One petition was filed by Syed Qamar Abbas Rizvi, who sought inquiry into alleged extra-judicial killing of his brother Syed Yawar Abbas Rizvi, a MQM activist. The petitioner said that Yawar was picked up by LEA personnel from the PIB Colony, and later, his body was found in Nooriabad on December 14.Moreover, Syed Asif Hasnain, a lawmaker belonging to MQM, submitted a petition that Muhammad Suleman, a MQM activist, with his nephew Muhammad Noman was on his way to office, when the LEAs illegally arrested them from the Malir River. He said that later the wife of the activist learnt through a newspaper that the body of her husband was found from the Malir River. Earlier on May 29, the court had directed the Sindh AG to take up the matter with the Sindh chief minister, home secretary, Rangers DG, Sindh IG, and other officers concerned so that a viable mechanism, acceptable to all, may be devised for discovering the truth and putting into effect for preventing such incidents. 

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