Chief Justice (CJ) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has remarked drug business is running under the nose of Director General (DG) Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) maintaining what courts say are bitter, therefore, courts are considered bad by people.
CJP gave these remarks while presiding over a larger bench of Supreme Court (SC) during the hearing of implementation of apex court decision in Karachi law and order case at Karachi registry Friday.
Attorney General (AG) stated before the court that federal government has decided to conduct joint operation against arms and drugs smuggling in Karachi. The joint operation will be started within 15 days on the basis of reports of Customs, Intelligence agencies and other institutions, he further told.
Court said in its interim order that Customs authorities should investigate into missing 19000 containers and inform how many containers packed with arms were among these missing containers.
The court also ordered Rangers and Police to conduct door to door checking of the weapons which were brought in legally.
The court further ordered that checking of the arms imported into Karachi legitimately be carried out in phases. Police and Rangers should conduct checking from home to home to find weapons which were purchased were used where. Action be initiated against the license holding citizens in case they commit violations. It is responsibility of Customs Authority to check legal arms are being brought into Karachi under what purpose. Police and Rangers should also investigate it in second phase following the completion of investigation by Customs authorities. It should also be ascertained the licensed arms holders purchased the bullets for what purpose and they used them where.
The court’s order said intelligence agencies should work under one agenda for restoration of writ of the government in Karachi.
The court also directed secretary Anti Narcotics and secretary Finance to extend cooperation to Sindh government.
The court ordered interior secretary and secretary revenue to cooperate with government of Sindh and present the report on implementation of orders on next hearing.
The court sought report on implementation of orders from ANF within seven days besides summoning director FIA along with record of foreign exchange cases.
At the inception of hearing Attorney General (AG) Munir A Malik presented federal government report on curbing arms and drugs smuggling and duty evasion.
AG told the court the report has been worked out keeping in view Shoaib Suddal Commission and Ramzan Bhatti Commission. 2 scanners have been installed at Port Qasim, Karachi port Trust to scan the container, he added. Scanning process of every container costs Rs 4000. Customs Collectors and Assistant Collectors will check 5 containers on their own in future.
The court expressed dissatisfaction over arms report presented by Customs Authorities.
Justice Gulzar remarked report has been prepared by some Baboo rather than by any bureaucrat.
CJP remarked “we know no one will let you work as per law. Discharge your obligations in line with law and not to care for any one. If you do so then what can happen maximum that you will only be transferred. How many people they will transfer. One will go then other will come and second will go then third will come.
Addressing ANF DG Maj Gen Zafar Abbas, CJP remarked “ Gen Sahib, the entire country has been handed over to you. Had you given results you would not have sit in the court presently. As to why this reply was not given 10 years before what has been given now.
Addressing the AG, CJP observed “ Malik Sahib, all things are going on under his nose. It seems as if General Sahib knows politics. Gen Sahib should not involve him in such things.
The next hearing of this case will take place on November, 11 at Islamabad and on November, 25 SC Karachi registry.