SC dismisses police report on security situation

Pakistan on 26 February 2014
Location : Karachi | Source : Nation. Image Source: Nation

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed Additional Inspector General (AIG) Shahid Hayat Khan’s report on security measures taken to maintain law and order in Karachi.

Officials of police, Rangers and Sindh government submitted their reports as the Supreme Court resumed Karachi law and order suo moto implementation case on Monday. The case was heard by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and comprised Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain.

At outset of the hearing, Karachi police chief Addl IG Shahid Hayat presented a report that over 10,000 criminals had been arrested in past two-and-a-half months. He said out of these 10,000 criminals challans against 175 accused were submitted in courts.

The CJP questioned that why the challans had been presented against a few people only.  The charges included target killing, kidnapping for ransom, extortion and other serious crimes. Moreover, more than 7,000 cases are currently being heard at sessions courts, the Addl IG informed.
During the hearing, the bench expressed dissatisfaction over the report stating that suspects in prison were running their illegal activities from within their cells without any hindrance.

Justice Khilji Arif remarked that more than 10,000 accused were arrested and only 175 challans were submitted in the court. He said it was impossible to curb crimes without awarding punishment to the accused. The CJP said that the criminals were using mobile phones in jails to continue their terror activities. Replying to this, Shahid Hayat informed the court that mobile jammers had been installed at Karachi Central Prison.

The CJP observed that the jammers could affect mobile communications in the locality, therefore low-range jammers should be used. Shahid told the court that Ghausia Colony, PIB Colony and Hyderabad Colony were the most affected areas and the efforts were underway to reduce the range of jammers.

Shahid stated that mobile jammers were installed to prevent jailed suspects from communicating with their supporters outside the prison.
The bench responded that residents of the area around prisons were upset as they were affected by the jammers as well.

Shahid assured the court that police would review the matter.

The Addl IG also complained to the bench that the anti-terrorism courts were busy addressing old cases and new cases were not heard in a timely manner.

Senior member Sindh Board of Revenue, Syed Zulfiqar Shah also appeared before court and said that 60,000 acres of land had illegally been occupied in Karachi. He said over 8,000 acres of land was occupied by private grabbers while 52,000 acres was unlawfully possessed by federal and provincial governments.

Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said in his remarks that officials of Sindh police’s anti-encroach cell were also involved in land encroachment. The bench sought a detailed report from the Sindh government that how the authorities would get the occupied land vacated from land grabbers.

The bench had earlier ordered the provincial government and law enforcement agencies to chalk out a coordinated system against arms smuggling, gang wars and other criminal activities in the city. 

The hearing of the case was adjourned till Wednesday (tomorrow).

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