Karachi operation: SC seeks report on all those held, challaned

KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday directed Sindh Police to submit a comprehensive report outlining the details of accused arrested by them during the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi and how many of the accused have been charge-sheeted yet.A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jilani was seized with the hearing of Karachi law and order implementation case at apex court Karachi registry.At the outset of hearing, AIG (legal) Ali Sher Jakhrani submitted a report on overall law and order situation of the city. How many of the accused arrested by police have been charge-sheeted, the bench questioned him. Jakharani sought some time to submit details of accused challaned in different cases.The bench expressed its concern over the performance of police in ensuring that accused arrested by them would be able to stand trial. It allowed AIG Jakhrani some time to submit a comprehensive report with regard to details of accused challaned so far.  The report submitted by police said since the inception of targeted operation, 17,140 accused were charge-sheeted, which included 411 accused in murder cases, 137 in target killing, 173 in extortion, 105 in kidnapping for ransom, 620 in robbery, 612 in street crime, 4935 in illegal arms and 6639 in different crimes.However, the police have submitted charge-sheets in 14,162 cases. The report stated that a total of 939 cases were filed in Anti-terrorism courts during the ongoing targeted operation. Out of which, 70 cases were decided and the accused involved in such cases were handed down punishments. The bench also sought a detailed report from senior member of Board of Revenue (BoR) on action taken by his anti-encroachment force against encroachments and the land recovered by it.The Chief Justice directed BoR to apprise him of current status of about 1500 acres of forest land located in Qasimabad, Hyderabad, which was claimed to have been re-occupied.The civil rights campaigner, Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi, told the court that forest land admeasuring 1,446.46 acres in union council 4 of Qasimabad, Hyderabad was vacated on the orders of the Supreme Court. He added that the land has been re-encroached by the influential persons. The hearing of the case was adjourned until today (Tuesday). 

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