SC announcing verdict on Karachi violence case
ISLAMABAD (Thursday, October 06, 2011) : Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is reading out the Karachi sou moto violence case verdict, Geo News reported.
During his opening remarks CJP said Islam is the religion of peace and it was the responsibility of the state to protect the fundamental rights of people.
Justice Chaudhry said target killing and extortion had become the norm in Karachi and violence was casting a negative impact on economic activity.
CJP said that during the hearing of the case the court was informed that MQM, ANP, JI, PPP, ST and banned organisations are involved in extortion
According to the Supreme Court verdict the federal government should send a reference regarding the allegations levelled by Zulfiqar Mirza against the MQM. The court is not deciding about calling in the army said Justice Chaudhry adding that this was decision which had to be made by the provincial government.
CJP said some political elements exploited the situation in Karachi and according to some media reports certain groups are involved in target killing. He added that IGP Sindh had informed the court that 306 people were killed in incidents of violence.
The complete verdict of the case will be available on the Supreme Court website.
The SC had reserved the judgment in Karachi suo moto case No16 of 2011 and Constitution petition Nos. 60 and 61 of 2011 (regarding law and order situation in Karachi) on September 16th.
The apex court informed all the concerned persons including the counsel for parties, Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq, President of the Supreme Court Bar Association Ms Asma Jehangir, President of the Sindh High Court Bar Association Anwar Mansoor, Sindh Advocate General Fateh Malik, the Prosecutor General and Inspector General of Police, Sindh, that the judgment would be announced on Thursday.
The Chief Justice had taken suo moto notice on incidents of relentless killing of innocent people in Karachi by constituting a five-judge special bench on August 5.