KARACHI - The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Thursday, expressing its reservations, rejected a report submitted by Attorney General Munir A Malik on the smuggling of arms and drugs in the country.
A larger bench of the SC, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was hearing the Karachi law and order implementation case at the Karachi Registry on Thursday. Attorney General Munir A Malik presented a report on the smuggling of weapons and drugs, prepared at a meeting attended by the authorities of Maritime Security Agency (MSA), coast guards, Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and other departments concerned.
The bench, expressing its annoyance, rejected the report and reprimanded the authorities, saying it did not include details of the points implemented by the institutions concerned to stop heinous crimes; rather it had only explicated the legal clauses.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry also showed anger with the FBR chairman for not mentioning the actions taken so far. He remarked that a customs appraising officer gets the job by bribing Rs 2.5 million. He said: “Suspend the irresponsible officials if they are not doing their duties.” The CJP said even an army general is scared of naming Yousuf Goth.
The chief justice ordered the FBR chairman to present a report containing the details of arms and weapons imported through dealers during the past three years.
The AG told the bench that coast guards were misusing their powers and harassing the common man, due to which their powers had been withdrawn.
Meanwhile, a report submitted by the Sindh government in the Supreme Court said more than 250,000 weapons and over 80 million bullets were sold in Karachi in five years. According to the report, submitted by the Sindh chief secretary about the arms licences and sale of weapons during the five years, 183 shops were dealing in arms and ammunition in the city. “Of them 154 are in South district, which sold 235,473 arms and 74,464,968 bullets in five years. In district West 17 shops sold 17,831 weapons and 52,65,228 bullets while in Malir district seven shops sold 5,305 arms and 30,45,800 rounds,” it revealed.
The report further said East district houses seven arms shops which sold 841 weapons and 173,000 bullets while the only shop in Central district sold 13,000 arms and 128,219 bullets in five years.
The Sindh chief secretary also told the court that the provincial government issued 52,900 arms licences in five years. According to the report, 8,896, 9,800, 16,482 and 4,076 licences were issued in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively.