Thursday, 15 September 2011

Verdict reserved in Karachi suo moto case

Updated at: 1245 PST,  Thursday, September 15, 2011
Verdict reserved in Karachi suo moto case KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has adjourned the hearing of Karachi violence suo moto case and reserved the verdict Thursday, Geo News reported.

According to the sources, the SC ordered the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to facilitate the prosecutors.

The court further instructed that all the Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs) must ensure that there is no extortion in their areas while the police should inform the court in written about the progress against criminals on daily basis.

The hearing of the Karachi violence suo moto case concluded here at the Supreme Court Karachi Registry. A five-member special bench of the SC comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Justice Amer Hani Muslim and Justice Ghulam Rabbani heard the case.

During today's proceedings, the SC ordered Additional IG Sindh Saud Mirza to instruct his four DIGs to submit a written certificate stating that extortion has been controlled.

The AIG told the bench that the extortion has decreased and we arrested two extortionists yesterday upon which the court sought written certificate that it has been controlled.

Counsel for federation Babar Awan continued his arguments. He pointed out that all the institutions were working including the Parliament. Only Karachi is not functioning, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani replied to Awan.

The Chief Justice remarked that the situation is worsening day by day and we have pointed it out many times. Unconstitutional acts should stop now, the CJ said. We want to tell everyone that nothing except the rule of law and democracy is accepted in the country.

The CJP asked Advocate General Sindh Abul Fattah Malik as to what measures have been taken to handle the issue of hides of sacrificial animals.

On August 22 CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry took a suo moto notice of Karachi's deteriorating security situation and directed the government to submit a record regarding the ongoing unrest in the metropolis. The CJP on August 26 ordered to hear the case in Karachi from 29th.


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