1,357 criminals arrested in Karachi, SC informed

The government on Thursday presented a report in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, saying that 1,357 criminals have been arrested in Karachi from September 5 to 11, after the launch of a targeted operation in the metropolis.

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Published: Sat 21 Sep 2013, 12:04 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 4:44 PM

Attorney-General Munir A. Malik presented the report in the apex court, which resumed the hearing in a suo motu case regarding the law and order situation in the country’s biggest city.

A five-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, is hearing the case.

The attorney-general told the court that efforts were being made to improve the law and order situation in the city, and said that 1,000 CCTV cameras are already in place in Karachi, while 910 more are due to be installed soon.

He said that a total of 2,060 cameras will be installed in Karachi by November this year, which will help monitor the situation in a better way.

Director-General of Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) Major General Rizwan Akhter, Inspector-General of Sindh police, Chief Secretary of the province and commandant of the paramilitary Frontier Corps were also present.

During the hearing, the chief justice said that rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns were being recovered from shops in the city, while currency and narcotics were being smuggled in through boats.

He also said that weapons from Israel, Nato, India and the United States were being illegally sold in the market and inquired how many cases pertaining to smuggling had been solved.

The chief justice also said that most of the policemen involved in the Karachi operations in 1992 and 1996 have been killed, but there killers have not been arrested so far. He said that lack of protection for the witnesses was one reason why no one came forward to testify against the criminals.

The court was also told that only 7 out of the 39 sea routes were protected, and the remaining 32 points were being used for smuggling, including that of weapons. The chief justice remarked that even if curfew was needed to be imposed to clear the city of weapons, that should be done.

Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, another judge on the bench, stated that weapons were available on rent in the city and that the law was meant to be implemented and not only to be written in books.

The Supreme Court also made public the findings of a report pertaining to the smuggling of weapons via ports of the city, which said that a shortage of customs checkpoints was a major factor in the smuggling of weapons.

The hearing in the case was adjourned till Friday.

During the hearing, the court also sought a report on the developments of the killing of journalist Wali Khan Babar, and slammed the authorities for failure to arrest the killers. Babar, a reporter for Geo television, was gunned down in Karachi’s central Liqauatabad neigbourhood in January 2011 when he was returning home from work. -news@khaleejtimes.com

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