Sindh govt lacks will to stop violence: CJ

KARACHI — Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry on Tuesday severely reprimanded Sindh government over increase in Karachi violence during the ongoing hearing of the suo moto case on the security situation in the city.

By Rehan Sidiqui

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Published: Wed 31 Aug 2011, 11:16 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:41 PM

While seemingly unhappy with the present law and order situation in the city, the chief justice said that the Sindh government has the resources and machinery to restore peace in the metropolis, but lacked the will to do so and directed the provincial authorities to act immediately to curb the violence.

A five-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by the chief justice ordered Attorney General Anwarul Haq to file a new report, carrying the latest information about those who were creating unrest in Karachi.

“It is time for the provincial government to wake up. The matter has become serious and a fundamental right to security is being violated,” the chief justice told the Sindh government’s counsel, Abdul Hafeez Pirzada

The chief justice questioned Pirzada about the police’s failure to identify victims of target killings, saying that FIRs were registered in the unnamed individuals.

The chief justice expressed dissatisfaction that none of the accused were presented in Anti-Terrorism Courts(ATC), nor were issued a challan by the police and criticised the police for not recording the statement of an injured victim who was recovered earlier this week. Pirzada told the court that 2.5 million foreigners are living in Karachi, but less than 100,000 have been registered, adding that in recent years these foreigners have increased their influence and may be blamed for the rise in violence in the country’s heartland.

Chronicling the history of ethnic clashes in Karachi, Pirzada said the Pashtuns and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) first clashed in Sohrab Goth during the rule of General Ziaul Haq in the 80s.

He informed the bench that the local bodies system, introduced by former president Pervez Musharraf, aggravated ethnic tensions in the city and the current volatile situation was due to that very system. The hearing of this case has been adjourned on account of Eid Al Fitr holidays till September 5.

· sidrehoo@yahoo.com



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