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SC hearing in law & order case begins today

Pakistan on 28 August 2013
Location : Karachi, Pakistan | Source : Dawn. Image Source: Dawn

KARACHI: While the law and order situation in Karachi continues to deteriorate with so-called operations of Rangers and police under way, a larger bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan is resuming on Wednesday the hearing of a case pertaining to implementation of its 2011 order in a suo motu notice over the security situation in the city.

The five-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will hear the case till Aug 30.

The other bench members are Justices Jawwad S. Khawaja, Gulzar Ahmed, Ather Saeed and Azmat Saeed. Acceding to what was described as public demand, the CJP had initiated the suo motu on relentless killings of innocent people in violent activities in Aug 2011 and after holding proceedings for weeks reserved on Sept 15 its verdict that was pronounced in October 2011.

The apex court has been directing the federal and provincial authorities to take effective measures to bring the senseless killing in the city to a stop since its verdict, but apparently in vain as the security situation remains a big question mark on the efficiency and performance of the provincial government and the law-enforcement agencies.

The Sindh government was obligated in the verdict to submit investigation reports of all criminal cases registered on a daily basis and ordered to provide necessary assistance to all law-enforcement agencies to stop the killing and restore law and order in the city.

However, the apex court rejected almost every report filed by the Rangers and police terming them unsatisfactory.

The bench time and again expressed its extreme displeasure and dissatisfaction over the conduct of the provincial authorities and the law-enforcement agencies and many a time gave slaps on the wrists of law-enforcers, who, however, failed to come up to the expectation of the court and the people.

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